Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Who said all the good stuff's already been dug? Follow-up!

This just in from Leadville, Colorado;

This was dug up in Leadville last weekend....

Check out the following link, it tells the story behind this previously thought to be "one of a kind" flask!



Holy Moly, I thought, when this email rolled in!

"I still try to dig with my NorCal pal a few times a year. 10 hours from my door to his, but we'll dig for a solid three days to make it worth it. 

My last two trips were worth it. I had the distinct privilege of digging a Livingston's Pride Of Kentucky. 

The next trip yielded the early variant shoulder crown. Didn't come home with me, but it was still a decent hole, so I did come home with "stuff."
The Livingston hole started with a Liberty hutch from SF. Talk about an all ages show. The shoulder crown hole was solid age."

Way To Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

New Reference Book - just hit the presses

One of the things that has helped keep the fires stoked for collectors are reference books. I've got a cabinet full of them ranging from John Howes early attempt at cataloguing western whiskies to Rick Simi's excellent work "Gold Rush Camps and Bottles of Sierra County". 

I touched base with old pal, Fred Holabird, today. He has just authored a new text. It's entitled
2016 Nevada Bottle Book, Volume 2. 

Having been an active digger in the Silver State "back in the day", I personally am looking forward to obtaining a copy. 

Here's what Fred had to say about it;

Hi Bruce: 

Ghost Towns and Medicines is the new 2016 Nevada Bottle Book, Volume 2. The 480 page tome has extensive histories on the merchants who bottled goods in Nevada embossed drug store bottles. 

It complements Volume 1, which discussed whiskey, soda, beer and other merchants.


"This volume completes the forty year project, which he approached as a science project. Immersed in gold mining for all of his career, Holabird tells personal stories throughout the book that relate to exploration projects that overlapped with historical research on the many Nevada merchants. There are more than 3000 illustrations that represent period advertising, photos of ghost towns then and now, including many photographs by guest photographers.

The bottles themselves are analyzed by varieties, with dates applied to specific varieties in many cases."

$39.95 plus $5 shipping from Fred Holabird, 3555 Airway Dr. #308, Reno, NV 89511 or call 775-851-1859 

 In my book, this is a steal of a deal!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Next up - Downieville!

Thanks for posting the flyer for the Downieville Show.

If any sellers are interested we still have 5 or so sales tables left for the show.

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