Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Just when you think you've seen it all!

A couple of years ago a glop top Pioneer bear surfaced that took most by surprise. The mold variant was listed by Thomas as  #5A, and is commonly referred to as the "German Bear". John went on to say that they are red-amber in color, have an applied top and are heavily whittled.

Based on research, we now know that these were blown in Gerresheimer Germany by  Gerresheimer Glasshuttenwerk, and imported to the US by Abramson Heunisch of San Francisco. Gerresheimer Glasshuttenwerk also produced a number of other notable bottles such as the hammer whittled applied top San Francisco beers, Warners Safe Cures, Gilka's and other equally crude bottles noted for their intense red coloration and extreme crudity.

Imagine our surprise though, when  a Fenkahausen Pioneer Bear surfaced in straw yellow; identical in color to the pint and half pint Warners Safe Cure from London. A first!

Speaking of firsts, got an email from a fellow collector down in Northern Cal. this AM. Get a load of this; a hammer whittled Boulevard Bourbon in  red amber with an applied top! Up 'till now, there wasn't even a hint of a rumor that this bottle existed. Not surprising though, since there is a German, clear glop Boulevard.

Not sure if this is of German descent, since he's still working on photographing it, but nothing surprises me any more.

Just the same; another first!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

PJ - More information on PJ

Just to add a little info. Jeenicke was also the proprietor of the California Soda Works in San Jose. The addresses of both Jeenicke and the California Soda Works being located on Orchard Street in SJ. Jeenicke might well have used both embossed hutches simultaneously/overlapping during the years he was in business.

I have 4 of the aqua Jeenicke hutches and I believe 2 of the California Soda Works hutches that I have collected over the years. The amber Jeenickes were very likely used for hard cider, the amber color being the main clue. 

(thanks Jason!)


Got an email from a fellow collector today. He was kind enough to help me correct a typo with regards to the dating, as well as to provide a killer piece of paper to add.

"It looks like the bottle may date to 1891, unless of course he was using the bottle before the trademark. I couldn't find any record of Jeenicke's soda water business before 1890 in directories or newspapers so perhaps these sodas really are that new. Last month we dug a bubbly aqua Jeenicke and it certainly was an 1890s layer. "

 My response:

Thanks for catching my mistake. You are correct in that the bottle was / is attributed not to ca. 1879 / 1880, but rather ca. 1889 / 1890.

I get too close to the forest to see the trees on a regular basis and although I spell check, read, a re-read my articles prior to posting, typos inevitably slip through the cracks.

Again, much obliged.


Hi there! Let me  introduce myself - name's Paul Jeenicke, "PJ" for short.

I'm an old timer! I was born in San Jose California around 1879 or 1880. I've always been the dark sheep of the family. Nearly all my brothers, sisters and cousins are light complected, almost blue. Me, I've got a great dark brown tan. I've held up pretty good despite my advanced years, although my skin is real "wrinkly". I made it all these years though, without any cuts or scrapes and no wear to my features either, although there's quite a bit of sag where my head meets my neck. I still have my original closure, which looks like new. It probably helps having sat in a barn since I was a kid~

Funny thing though, the barn was in Oregon, near a place called Brownsville, and I don't have any recollection how I got there from my home in San Jose. Well today this nice guy, who was originally from San Jose, met me and offered to take me home this weekend. He said that he's going to stop off at a place not too far from San Jose called Antioch.

Who knows, I might wander off again with some other nice person who takes a shine to me.

See y'all soon!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Next up; Antioch

Expo 2016 update!



Our original allocation of 50 tables has been reserved. Greg freed up enough space for us to accommodate six additional tables.  Please touch base ASAP if you'd like to reserve one of these.

This coming week we will be mailing the following out to dealers;  table reservation numbers, a table map, a map of the pavilion, and an access map to make loading in and out easy. We'll also include lodging information for those looking to reserve a room at one of the nearby motels.

Here's looking forward to a great weekend!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Here goes~

Dear friends, dealers and fellow collectors;

As some of you have heard, the Canyonville Show is no more. Despite nearly 15 years of hard work building this venue from the ground up, our efforts went down in flames after the 2015 show. My friend, Ed Soliz, was our liaison at Seven Feathers. Ed made it work. Sadly, we lost Ed to Lou Gehrig's disease in the Spring of 2015. With Ed's passing, we lost any and all hopes of continuity. 

Seven Feathers became increasingly difficult, and ultimately impossible, to deal with after Ed's death. A combination of ongoing broken promises and overwhelming price increases on their part sang the swan song for a show that had become a west coast regional favorite.

We provided Seven Feathers with substantial convention center lease income, guaranteed blocked hotel room sales, as well as ancillary income in terms of gambling, entertainment, restaurant and alcohol sales. Sadly, it wasn't enough, and they wanted more... After ongoing attempts to "think of a way to make it happen", I tossed in the towel. Simply, I was beating a dead horse.

Sad, because the show not only became a destination weekend for both insulator and bottle collectors, but also provided locals an opportunity to have their "treasures" appraised for free, and auction them off if they elected (free of sellers fees). Canyonville was simply a fun show in a great facility. And I can't thank each and every one of you enough for being an integral part of "C'ville" over the years.


Despite our best efforts to find a suitable replacement location, things looked bleak. Sometimes, though, the solution to a problem is right under our noses and it just takes a kick in the pants to see it. Boy, did 7F ever give me one. Out of the blue, I got a phone call from Greg King, owner of "Glory Days Antiques" in Medford. Glory Days is the premier antique mall in Southern Oregon. Greg has helped push the Canyonville Show for years through word of mouth advertising and by handing out flyers to anyone coming through his doors. Greg was negotiating with the Jackson County Expo to produce a highly anticipated regional venue by the name of the Rogue Valley Antique Show. Would I be interested in co-producing  the JSABC Antique Bottle and Insulator Show in the same building on the same weekend? My answer was an immediate and resounding YES! Back to our roots!

It is with great pleasure that I announce the first annual "Jefferson State Antique Bottle and Insulator Expo" to be held May 6 & 7, 2016 at the Jackson County Expo complex just off of I5 in Central Point, Oregon (only 2 minutes north of Medford). This venue will replace the now defunct Canyonville Show. The contracts have been finalized and we have the table and booth locations drawn up and approved by the Fire Marshall. We are initially starting out this year with slightly more than 50 tables for bottle and insulator dealers, which will occupy roughly half of the nearly 12,000 square foot building. We have reduced the table fees based on overall operating costs. They are $50~ per. This will include one 30" x 8' table plus two chairs.

Our loyal past dealers were given the opportunity to reserve their tables until Feb. 29, prior to opening up general reservations. We've had a lot of advance interest and as of yesterday, in the space of just over a week, 30 tables have been spoken for. I can't stress the old saying enough; "you snooze / you lose". Simply, if you are serious about a table / tables, request a dealer packet and mail your reservation in as soon as you receive it.

May is a good (no great) month here in So. Oregon. It's almost always warm, but almost never hot. Figure temps in the 70's to 80's. Allergy season is pretty much over. Same goes for snow. Mid spring here is the cats pajamas!

Medford is a big town, but not a big city. Medford is a couple of miles south of the Expo. Rogue Valley International Airport is only 2.1 miles from the Expo if you'd prefer to fly rather than drive. All the major car rental agencies are in place at the airport as well. Plus, lots and lots of choices for lodging, dining, entertainment etc. And none of it is owned by Seven Feathers...

You want to tie in some fishing? Trophy lakes are about an hour away and the winter ice will have long since melted; (my favorite is Diamond and I've reeled in some lunkers there). Applegate Lake is another nice day trip. Decent fishing there for cut throat and rainbow trout. Crater Lake is only a couple of hours away too; well worth the drive! Historic Jacksonville is only about 15 minutes from the expo and is also worth a visit.

Don't set your sights on digging though - it's a sure fire way to draw a "go directly to jail" card!

Oregon laws against  bottle digging are strictly enforced on both public and private property (even with permission, since the State claims that they own it all), and J'ville is a "fishbowl"...


We will provide a total of roughly 50 tables, with two chairs per table. You will need to make your own arrangements if you need more chairs. The tables are wood. If you want a table covering, please bring your own. At this time, there are no provisions for electrical.

In order to make setup as smooth and seamless as possible, the antique dealers will be allowed to construct their booths starting on Thursday. "Glass" dealers will be allowed to bring in their stock on Thursday as well, if you wish. But, nothing will be allowed on the bottle or insulator tables until dealer setup on Friday morning.

Show hours are as follows;

May 5, 2016 - Thursday - Dealer Setup - Noon to 7PM (no early admission) (nothing on tables)

May 6, 2016 - Friday - Dealer Setup 8:30 - 10AM

                                 Early admission - 9AM - 10AM 

                                 General Admission - 10AM - 7PM

May 7, 2017 - Saturday - Dealer Restock (no early admit) 9-10AM

                                     General Admission -  10AM -3PM

There will be a charge for general admission. It is nominal and is helping to defray the cost of producing the show. It will be $3~ each or two for $5~. This is well under half what previous antique show venues have charged in the past and will not hinder our admission numbers.

Bill, our webmaster, has the splash page up and the website ready to roll out as soon as the last few details are ironed out. Here's a link to it; . Keep an eye on it as we move forward!

RV parking is available onsite. Sites are easy to maneuver and include power and water only (no sewer hookup or dump). The Expo handles all details regarding RV spaces. For information contact the Expo at (541) 774-8270.

There are numerous doors which will allow easy load in and load out. We will have provisions in place for temporary parking to allow you to off load your cases. The grounds are mostly level and both the parking lot and the pavilion floor are in good repair. You are requested to watch out for horses and other livestock and to keep your speed down to a minimum since a regional livestock event is being held in an adjacent building to ours.

Prior to the show, you will receive your table assignment and a color coded map. Your table number will cross reference to the color and your parking lot gate entrance number and load in / load out route will be shown on this map. Once off loaded, you will proceed to dealer parking, which is located outside the pavilion grounds, a short distance away. Signage will also help direct you once you arrive.

We are doing everything possible to make this joint venture a smooth transition from C'ville to Expo. We thank you for your continued support, and look forward to making this Fresh Start a fun and enjoyable weekend for all!


Bruce Silva

Show Chairman


Jefferson State Antique Bottle and Insulator Expo

P. O. Box 1565

Jacksonville, Or. 97530

541-821-8949 (cell)
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