Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Real? Repro? Fantasy? Fake?


Once again, eBay yields another opportunity to either acquire a great rarity, or to get hosed royally.

I'm no expert on Goldfield Nevada stuff, although I've been around the block enough times to pay attention when the hair on the back of my neck stands up. I do know that in the 1970's a myriad of "fantasy" pieces appeared en masse, supposedly from Goldfield. These included spittoons, brass oil lamps, "Good For" whorehouse tokens and door keys with fobs, hotel desk bells, and stoneware items.The sheer volume of these fakes are testimony to W. C. Fields statement about a sucker being born every minute.
 




Such may be the case with a Buy It Now item that briefly appeared for sale, and which was quickly snapped up.

It is / was, eBay item number: 252071601759, and was described as;

"WESTERN JUG/BOTTLE GOLDFIELD SALOON STONEWARE BOTTLE GOLDFIELD NEVADA"


I recently got chewed out for copying a photo from another listing on ebay, so it'll be up to you to view it online for yourself. Just paste the listing number in eBays search and you can take a peek,


That said, the fine print read;

 

"THIS IS ANOTHER STONEWARE BOTTLE ITS A DIFFERENT COLOR THAN THE CALIFORNIA ONE THAT JUST SOLD,, AND DIFFERENT SHAPE. ITS INCISED / stamped INTO THE CLAY ADVERTISING THE GOLDFIELD SALOON R. A. DUNN. MAIN STREET. GOLDFIELD NEVADA. IT HAS A CORK STUCK IN TOP AND WILL NOT COME OUT. I DONT WANT TO BREAK IT OFF.

LOOKS TO HAVE CAME WITH THE BOTTLE. THE BOTTLE STANDS 8 1/2 tall. On the money IT LOOKS TO BE SALT GLAZED WITH COBALT BLUE ON AND IN LETTERS. LOOK. I DONT KNOW HOW THE BOTTLE IS BUT THERE ARE NONE ON EBAY.. SO THERE NOT BEING MASS PRODUCED. THEY CAME FROM A BOTTLE COLLECTOR,, YOU MAKE YOU OWN MIND UP WHEN YOU BID ON IT ! I WONT REFUND. LOOKS TO BE A GREAT WESTERN STONEWARE SALOON ITEM. I JUST LISTED THE CALIFORNIA ONE AND IT SOLD FOR 299.99,, I THINK I LISTED IT TOO CHEAP THERE IS A PHOTO OF THE BOTH OF THEM TOGETHER,, THANKS FOR LOOKING"

 
What say you, fellow collectors?

Monday, August 10, 2015

Another new find!


Naber, Alfs and Brune was established in either late 1879 or early 1880. The firm was originally located at 413 Front Street in "The City" (San Francisco). This dating puts it  smack dab in the middle of the glop top era, and at the zenith of bottle production by San Francisco and Pacific Glass Works.




One of their products is highly sought after, and equally valued, by collectors of western whiskies. The full faced Phoenix / Sole Agent fifth embodies the essence of glop top picture cylinders.


The pint amber flasks, dating to roughly the same era, are equally attractive and sought after. But one main difference separates the two; in the past, the flasks have only been encountered with a tooled top.


That was, until this past week...

I received word that a killer amber pint Phoenix flask, with an "applied drippy top", saw the light of day for the first time in roughly 135 years, after being rescued from it's sun baked tomb somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. "Further inspection revealed no air vents but  plenty of whittle".

Stay tuned for photos! In the meantime, does anyone else out there have a glop top pint amber Phoenix flask?

(glop top fifth - writers collection. pint flask photo courtesy of ABA)

Sunday, August 9, 2015

New variant of WC Peacock pre-pro glass?


Once in a blue moon, it happens. And last week, we had a blue moon~

Got an email from a collector over in the islands that I've become acquainted with. He said;

"I have a question regarding the shotglass in the attached photo. I've come across this one, and wanted your opinion. Does this look authentic and have you seen this variation before?"

 
He was concerned that it was a fake. These days, anything seems possible... We both noticed that one significant difference existed in this glass compared with the previously documented examples. Besides the absence of the gold rim and the base label under glass coat of arms (Hawaii seal), "Compliments" was etched in a straight line, as opposed to upward slant from left to right.
 

Regardless, it appeared to be the correct configuration in terms of height, width, proportions, and wall diameter. The conformation appears to be correct. The glass was blown using a manganese dioxide cullet, the font appears to be in keeping with the other WCP's that I've seen, the depth of the "etch" appears to be correct, and the lip "fire polished' finish appears to be correct. That being said, my opinion is that it indeed appears to be the "real deal".

New finds of western glasses are few and far between. Discoveries of a new variant of an HT glass are rare as hens teeth.

Congrats!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Canyonville makes national news~

 
The following view is what greeted me late yesterday afternoon from the north part of our acreage.
 
 


It's not a cumulonimbus cloud or thunderstorm. It's a Pyrocumulonimbus. Simply, a firestorm. Ten square miles worth (6,000 acres).
 
And it's located just east of Seven Feathers in Canyonville. Fortunately, it's burning in a South East direction and Canyonville does not appear to be even remotely threatened.
 
No worries. See you at Seven Feathers the first weekend in October for Canyonville 2015!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Downieville Antique Bottle and Collectible Show and Sale

 
This, according to good friend and show producer Rick Simi;

The Downieville Bottle Group is gearing up for the annual show and sale on September 12, 2015.
This year show will feature a display of western blown bottles with the infamous curved R attributed to the glass works located in San Francisco. All categories of bottles will be displayed including bitters, whiskies, medicines and soda's. If you would like to display one of your western curved R bottles please contact me before August 15th to get on the list of displayers.
 
 We will have the traditional Friday night wine tasting and barbeque for the show dealers Friday September 11 starting around 5pm for the show dealers.

We still have some sales tables available but are anticipating another sold out show this year. If you want a sales table you can contact Rick or Cherry, sooner would be better than later.

Dealers can bring in their wares to the School Gym between 2:30 and 5pm on Friday afternoon

See you in Downieville

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Reno reports


Apologies for the lack of activity here as of late. A sudden and unexpected event on July 4th pulled us away for quite some time and put the skids on our anxiously anticipated setup at the the show.


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I recently received a couple of reports from fellow collectors regarding the show. here goes;

One collector had the following to say;

"A lot of talk at the show about Ralph Hollabird selling off his Western Soda's collection. Some "highrollers" spent some big bucks on some of his stuff. American Bottle Auctions brought a lot of items to sell outright and also brought quite a few Western Whiskies to promote for their next auction. That brought out quite a bit of interest. The show itself was at least OK for us. I noticed a somewhat light crowd for early birds and as usual the crowds came in waves at various times. But overall I enjoyed myself and catching up with others."

Another said;



THERE WERE 105 TABLES, ONLY DOWN FROM LAST YEAR BY 20, THE RENO PAPER HAD THE SHOW ON 1/2 OF THE FRONT PAGE, BIG STORY ON SHOW AND BOTTLES, IT DID NOTHING FOR ATTENDANCE....

SATURDAY HAD VERY FEW LOCALS. ABA HAD ALOT OF BETTER TOOL TOPS, AND THEY HAD OR HAVE A LOT GOING INTO AUCTION, THEY SOLD ALOT OF BETTER TOOL TOPS AT THE SHOW. THE SHOW WAS OK BUT WE CAN SEE A DECLINE IN THE HOBBY.....

Another reported picking up a nice Wolters Bros. / California St. for a song.

Sounds like attendance was a bit light, but those that made the show came away with some great finds at fire sale prices.


 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Deals are still to be had.


Recently a good glop top whiskey popped up on eBay. The results were surprising.

Antique Old Judge Newmark, Gruenberg & Co Bourbon Bottle Lt. Amber...Drip Top

 
Described as;
 
"Pacific glass works (I don't see that on the bottle) patent date on bottom 1872. I do see the 1872 & Pat and some other numbers & letters that I cannot read.

Bubbles...I do see see the bubbles in various places.There are three 1/2" long + on the neck and a few above the embossed label and a large
2-1/2" bubble on the right side of the label. There are more but these really identify the bottle.

Lt. Amber
Drip Top

I am quite sure it is a 4 piece mold. I think you can see that in the pictures. Sorry the pictures aren't
better. I am no photographer.

Upon very close inspection I found 2 very tiny smaller than 1/16" chips or dings on the lower part of the drip top, and
a 1/16" possible ding or chip near the bottom of the bottle (about 1/2" up from the base to the left of the embossed label).
That may have been in the making...but I really don't know."

 eBay item number: 371362814525
 
The photos left a bit to be desired, and that may have had something to do with the final price of $237.57
 
I'd say someone got a buy!
 
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