Sunday, May 24, 2015

Next weekend - Santa Rosa!

Lou Lambert, Show Chairman, had the following to say;

Last years show was a huge success with almost double the public attendance from previous years and we’re expecting to exceed that this year. We have only four sales tables left as of today so don’t wait if your planning to be a part of our club show. There will be two old time collections being sold and some new dealers offering who knows what.
Dealers, don’t miss the dinner & get together Saturday night at the Union Hotel/ Restaurant in Santa Rosa. There will be raffles, great food, drink & full no host bar. This is one of the premier local places to meet at this killer family owned restaurant. 

See you there!


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Not whiskies, but a great auction regardless!

Pole Top Discoveries & Glass Discoveries

Auction #72

Catalogue for Auction # 72
Closing Date:
Monday June 1st, 2015 at 10 P.M. EDT

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Spring 2015 list is ready to go.

 Email for a free copy.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

What to do?

How to trash your feedback rating on eBay in one easy step.
Ebay, as of late, seems to have a lot of misrepresented bottles being offered.

Case in point is listing #131499202873.


Described as; "Antique Sulfolk Bitters Bottle"



The pictures clearly depict one of the 1970's fakes (not even a decent reproduction).


The listing description reads as follows; "ANTIQUE BITTERS MEDICINE BOTTLE. NOT A REPRODUCTION. "

Huh? Ray Charles could see this one for what it is from down the block!

Several days ago a short courtesy email was sent to the seller. It reads as follows;
"Good morning;

I thought that I'd drop you a line so that you can correct the listing in order to protect your feedback.

The item that you are offering is indeed a repro; and a fairly late one at that. They were produced in both Taiwan and Italy. It's one of the repro's dating to the 1970's and is easy to spot from across a room.

The "America's Life Preserver" embossed on the side opposite Suffolk Bitters is the easiest way to spot it. Production techniques employed on this repro are also significantly different than the originals, which date ca. 1870's. Another identifier is that the originals were embossed with the proprietors names, "Philbrook & Tucker / Boston", whereas the repros are not. The repros were produced in several colors ranging from straight amber to shades of yellow, on into greens and teal. A few are also documented to exist in cobalt blue.

The repros, such as yours, are an inexpensive decorative item, and generally sell on the retail market in the $25~ - $50~ range, depending on condition and color.

Best of luck."

And still the listing runs. Maybe a few more equally informative emails to the seller are in order~

One can only wonder. Ignorance or ....? This listing would do P.T. Barnum proud.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Auction Results from ABA #61

I followed the progress of the western whiskey listings in ABA's Auction #61, which closed last evening, with a great deal of interest.
The "middle of the line", has remained strong like a bull, especially if a cylinder in this category has that little bit extra in terms of color and or character. Sadly, the upper end, over the past several years seems to have slipped badly.
The auction results seem to indicate a turning point for the "top end". Prices were strong, and the 10% buyers fee, although quite reasonable in today's auction arena, bolstered prices higher yet.
Here's the results of the auction.
Remember, click on the auction page and it will open in a large format readable window!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Verrry Interesting!

American Bottle LOGO


Looks like the floodgates are wide open with regards to western whiskey bidding, as the auction ticks down to the final moments!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What Western Whiskies Have You Always Wanted But You're Surprised You Don't Have?

I read something similar to this on one of the gun forums that I follow. I found it interesting, and the level of participation from fellow collectors was over the top...

A recent thread on an exceptional, and recently dug, "shoulder crown" Cutter / E. Martin reminded me that it's one of those bottles that I always intended to acquire. But lo and behold, forty some years since forming that intention, I still don't have one.

My unrequited love for this Cutter variant remains unsated not because it's that rare or even particularly costly. I just never came across the right example at the right price. It's fair to say that I didn't expend much effort in the search.

I'm sure that everyone here has a wish list of "grail" whiskies, and there have been numerous threads in the past on the pieces that inhabit our dreams but evade our grasp in reality. The reason of course is simple, these whiskies are rarely encountered and when found often expensive.

I am curious what my fellow collectors want, lack, and just haven't chased down. Those bottles that don't qualify as a California Clubhouse grail level desire, but nonetheless represent a hole in the collection that you hope to fill.

What say ye?
Credit goes to Richard in NY / for the idea of this post.
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