Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

Western Food Bottles on ebay

I just noticed several nice western food bottles listed on ebay

C.P. Co.

Sunburst base pickle?
Nice deep aqua pickle
Its great to see some nice western food bottles available at auction - rs -

The Cutting Packing bottles come embossed and un-embossed with a paper label. I remember seeing a pickle style bottle many years ago with a C.P. Co full paper label. I have dug the smaller size pickle with a C.P. Co partial label at the Keystone Mine west of Sierra City.

A nice trademark and photo of both size CP Co. bottles from my Oregon buddy.

The Cutting Packing Co. bottles are both beautiful and one of the harder western foods to acquire for your collection.....photo & trademark courtesy of Bruce Silva  - rs -

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

From Charles Festersen

I would like to give a special thank you to the United States Postal Service for helping to protect our fragile heritage!

P.S. Have you ever seen a grown man cry?

Did the bottle survive? - rs -
Charles reply:

Well 2 out of 3 made it whole. Lost a a nice dark green Charle's I was excited to add to my collection. In the last year the U.S.P.S. has broken 1 bottle, lost another entirely, and sent me a crushed Indian basket in a wet box. Fed Ex might be a better bet for expensive bottles?

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Look What Just Crawled Out of the Woodwork

Check it out at the link below!



Thanks to American Bottle Auctions for the photos - rs -

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Auction House Lingo

I have been watching some of the bottles for auction on various auction sites and the infamous ebay.
What really catches my eye is the descriptions that are attached to the bottles.

We all know that the three C's, (color, condition and crudity) is what drives the final price of the item at auction. Some of the descriptions, on these auction sites, of the three C's is remarkable or maybe creative if not downright unbelievable. Here's some of the descriptions I have observed:

Sweet greasy yellow green- Yuck! like flem?
Pretty blue - Like a summer sky?
Golden Reddish Amber- sunset during fire season in the west
Medium amber- dirt brown
Medium warm amber- dirt brown baking in the summer sun
Yellow tobacco- the color of a chain smokers moustache
Blazing yellow- as in the movie Blazing Saddles?
Citrine with topaz ginger ale tone- too many colors for me to describe
Peach tone amber- a pastel amber?
Ginger ale topaz- topaz is colorless ..so colorless with a ginger ale tint
Amber with ox blood swirls- I have never seen any ox blood so...
Fire aqua- everyone's favorite western color

Minor lip chatter- I am not sure what this means
Screaming clean - was this bottle over cleaned and that's why its screaming?
Mint condition- Condition of a bottle when it leaves the factory
Near mint plus- Almost factory condition but better than not quite
Attic mint- Condition of a bottle when it leaves the factory with cobwebs and dust?
Near mint with slight outer haze- almost factory condition but stained to beat the band
Mint shape all around- factory condition all over?
Mint never cleaned- Condition of a bottle when it leaves the factory - but not washed
Gem mint- virtually perfect - pretty unusual for a 100+ year old bottle
Hairline crack through the middle of the bottle, hardly noticeable grades a 9.8- ?????

Hammer-Whittled like a glimmering diamond- A socal description
Shines like a diamond in the wind- norcal description Thanks ABA!
Tons of whittle- 2000 pounds + of whittle
Killer whittled- homicide hammered
Crude rude dude- a poets description of a thug
Fancy- The late Bob Barnett's description of a nice clean bottle
Loads of diamond-like faucets- hmm.. do you think the seller meant facets?

Anyone have any favorites they would like to share?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Big Pickle

Another Gold Rush Bottle Surfaces
This summer has been hot..... temperature and digging wise! - rs -