Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Its Millers Time

From Numa G.
Here is a rare western flask from a recent West Coast dig. While the large design Millers are considered common by most, the small design variants are much rarer is any color, especially amber. Less than 4 examples known in straight amber ?

"Great bottle I know some people don't like to clean their bottles BUT REALLY????" LOL MAX
Beautiful as found condition - rs

Monday, August 29, 2016

H.H. Judson Apothecary

Here is the reverse of the Dr. VanDyke's Trade card. It was printed by J.B.Bufford's & Sons 1876.

Early Variant Dr. Renz

Here is a great example of the rare cone top Renz's. How many of these variants with this early looking top are known ? I can think of three examples (all green), but there must be more. Has anyone seen an example in amber ? More than likely these variants are the earliest examples of this bottle.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Who The heck is Dr. Van Dyke?

One of my favorite western medicines is the "Star Remedy # 1, Dr. Van Dyke's Anti- Billious Cure". This crude western med is extremely rare with maybe three known in collections. To my knowledge most if not all were found in Nevada. I have posted on this bottle before but at the recent Sacramento National Show, a good friend provided me with another piece of the puzzle in regards to this medicine. The trade card goes in to more detail on the Anti-Billious Cure as well as the "Trout Oil Liniment" which is "Remedy #2". Unfortunately there is no actual address for the brand...California or Nevada? Being that the Remedy #2 is made from Lake Tahoe trout, one could assume the brand was from the Tahoe area but until more information is found, this is a mystery and one of the rarest western cures. By the way, the reverse of the trade card has flowers and "H.H. Judson Apothecary, Butte and Kentucky Sts". I think this is Vallejo but I am not certain. Of course the druggist selling a brand has little to do with the actual manufacturer in most cases but I would like to know more. DM

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

More Western Blown Jakes, Dr. Collis Brown

Western Blown Dr. Collis Browns Jamaica Ginger, No 55 Hay Market, London. The Jake on the Far Right......That Green Streak in the Middle is Actually a Nail Stuck in the Glass.

Western Blown Turner Jakes

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Turner's/Ess. Of/Jamaica Ginger/S.F.

I sought these out back in the day when everything was more affordable. I haven't seen an S.F. Turner's in quite a few years. I also wanted to mention I cannot post comments here using Mozilla Firefox browser.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Sacramento Show Finds

Here's a few nice ones I picked up at the show. I think I got a couple of them from you Rick.
Kelly P. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Where did Jake Go ?

Anyone notice it's been getting pretty hard to find a green Jake these days ? They can't be that rare.......or are they ? Maybe a few collectors are holding 95% of them. It happens.

Here are a few dates:

McMillan & Kester - 1865-1880
E. Freese - 1866-1874
Dr. Barnes - 1858-1866

Monday, August 8, 2016

The Worst Picture of the Week Award

Is this what happened to a lot of the bottles we collect?
Thanks for the picture Randy