Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Headless Horseman

An old friend of mine used to say; "Sometimes, if it weren't for bad luck, there's be none at all".  

I bought a huge collection a few years back. Some of the stuff needed "help".

Last Monday, I finally quit procrastinating and decided to clean up the last couple of cases.  This one was horribly stained, but struck me as being, unquestionably, a candidate for the best "small bird" out there. The best strike I'd ever seen, and an awesome range of color.

About a half hour after I loaded the bottle into the cylinder and flipped on the machine, I heard crashing and banging coming from the shop. Imagine my surprise, (disgust), when I opened the cylinder and found this...

Yep, it had been dug damaged, someone had managed to find a correct (also stained) top and replaced it from the single ring up.

I'll be the first to admit that I enjoy an occasional surprise, just not this kind.  A week later it shines like a new penny. 

Both pieces...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Reno - Let's here all about it!

Reno, in years gone by, was one of the many shows that I marked on my calendar, and anxiously awaited in the months preceding the show.

Unfortunately, "financial issues" have prevented me from attending the Reno Show (and most others) for the past few years. 

I'd like to post a review about the show and am hoping to hear from those who were fortunate enough to attend.

I'll post either anonymously or, if you're OK, with credit. Let's hear some feedback for those of us who couldn't attend.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

eBay - When a bad picture can be a good thing~

You may recall seeing the post that appeared on May 11th, entitled
"eBay - it never ceases to amaze"

A photo of the item was included;


Imagine my surprise when the new owner sent a photo that he'd taken of the bottle after it arrived. 

What a bottle!

 Congrats on a screamin' deal!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Never Forget

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

eBay - It never ceases to amaze!

I spotted this listing when it first popped up.

eBay item number: 332209621558

The Southern Oregon Antique Expo that I co-produce tied up the tail end of last week, and the first of this. Imagine my surprise when I finally had a spare moment to check on the hammer. 

I have got to say that I was mighty "impressed" with the hammer price considering the apparent condition depicted in the photos, the sketchy description and the prior track record of dead mint examples.

No visible cracks or chips, some bubbles in the glass, and applied ring top, med.- dark Amber in color. This flask form bottle is in good "dug" condition, circa. 1871-1902.This is a pre-pro whiskey flask from a San Francisco distillery.


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