Sunday, October 15, 2017

Early Air Conditioning

Kingston Nevada is (well was) located in the Toiyabe Range of mountains, about 25 miles south of Austin. It experienced a short lived gold and silver boom which lasted from 1863 to 1864. It subsequently was abandoned as miners moved on in search of better diggin's. It revived in the mid 1880's and again, fizzled after a few years. One last small gasp for Kingston occurred between 1906 - 1911 as new milling techniques allowed previously low grade ore to be worked at a small profit.

Cornish miners (immigrants from Cornwall England) nicknamed Cousin Jacks, were employed in large numbers in Kingston during the boom  years. They were accustomed to the term "Tavern" instead of saloon. This stained glass sign originally hung over the entry to the saloon. It is actually a transom window, which was horizontally hinged to allow heat, and tobacco smoke to escape the interior (actually a rudimentary form of air conditioning). 

It was purchased from the descendants of the owner of the Kingston Nevada saloon, back in the 1970's. Based on the style I'd date it to the era of the second "boom", ca. mid to late 1880's.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tulare 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

Donde esta Mexican Tonic la photo?

Heh all!

Need some help here!

I'm finalizing an article on the tooled top Mexican Tonic, (Barnett WWB 4th Edition # 549), but need photo / photos of the real McCoy.

It seems that contributions (comments, or whatever the heck you wanna call it) here, these days, have dwindled to near zero while the daily (well hourly or less), chatter on the Facebook Western bottle site continues to gather steam.

I say great! Positive involvement, when and where ever is great, but I sure could use some help on WWG. 

Again; I'd be much obliged to receive a pic or two of the  Mexican Tonic so that I can put the finishing touches on the article.

Many thanks!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Downieville 2017 !

See Ya There!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Real, repro, fantasy, fake?

White Rye Whiskey
A. Fenkhausen & Co.
San Francisco, Cal.

Recently there has been some discussion about a small handful of reverse glass signs that appeared in western whiskey collecting circles starting back in the 1970's. Based on input there are apparently two very similar variants with only subtle differences in the script and design to differentiate the two.

It had been generally accepted that these signs are fantasy pieces since the Tennessee White Rye Brand has only been linked to Braunschweiger & Co. (Braunschweiger was in partnership with Fenkhausen in the late 1870's / early 80's).

Imagine my surprise when the following trade card surfaced courtesy of friend Ralph H. down in Northern Cal.

Notice the similarities?
Makes one wonder now, doesn't it ? ! 


 PS: The trade card is currently running at auction. Here's the link~

Monday, August 21, 2017

Downieville 2017 !

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Speaking of Gold!

Last week it was Gold Dust. 

This week, it's Gold Nugget!

Look what just crawled out of the woodwork!

 (click on the photo and it will open in a new - full sized window)

In my book this has to qualify as one of, if not the top, western back bar!

White enamel, gold highlighting, swirled neck, and a gold nugget smack dab in the middle.

Spot gold is about $1256~ an ounce today but this nugget is Priceless!


History; "The Levy - Treasure Co."
 No known embossed bottles documented to exist. 
No known label only examples documented to exist.


1899 S.F. Directory

509 - 511 Sacramento St. San Francisco.

1900 S.F. Directory

207 Battery St.

No other records found.


I seldom say unique, or one of a kind, but I'll hazard to go out on a limb here.

This one is a real treasure!
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