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Monday, July 18, 2011

Good Golly Miss Molly!

Been a busy day here at "tool top central".

You guys are awesome! Here's another fresh batch, some of which I've never been fortunate enough to even handle.

Please, don't forget me when you make out your will...


Belle of Mason

Chesleys Jockey Club - (Clubs)
Notice the nearly identical engraving on the Half Dollar (or visa versa). Coincidence? I think not.
And yet another "full face" Columbian.
Who said that "13" was unlucky. Wished I was lucky enough to have this 13 base Eagle Glen on my shelf!
Gold Dust Rye

Well now. It really does exist~ Looks like a nominee for the top shelf to me!
 Log Cabin            WOW!
Pacific Club
Another offering from the Pacific North West.

Phoenix - large bird / right face
"Green Tea"
But wait, there's more!

Not a picture, but tough to beat for downright rarity.

Top 20 Update

Thanks for the positive and upbeat emails. Looks like we're on to something good here!

I'll continue to post new photos and nominees in the coming days.

Here's a killer tool top and a definite contender for the list~

Got a call a little while ago. Guess I've been caught~ I only included California tool tops. Must be because "I left my heart in San Francisco"... OK, so here's a couple more; one from Spokane WT., the others from Portland Ogn.

Red Stork

The Jorgensen "gang"

Saturday, July 16, 2011

A Novel Idea

I've always found it interesting, bordering on ludicrous, that there is no Top Ten (or twenty or whatever) for the much maligned tool top whiskies. I know, I've heard it before, the "Thomas mindset". But really... stop and think about it; many of the rare tool tops survive in vastly smaller numbers than the glop top "hitters". I'll go so far as to limit the list only to tool tops produced in dedicated toolie molds; not the crossovers that were transitioning from glop to tooled, and blown in the same mold.

I'd love to work up a Top #10 or #20 with everyone's help. Your input is needed, so let's hear it.

Here are some of my favorites off the shelves here, in no particular order.

1) Laurel Crown

2) Golden Bourbon

       3) OPS

4) Tea Cup

5) Rothenberg Gamecock

6) Royal Stag

         7) Non-Pariel
     (Pareil - huh?)

8) Atlas

9) Ahrens Bullwinkle

 10) Columbian

11) Spears

12) Gold Dust

13) Boulevard - Buneman Merc.

14) Choice Old Cabinet

15) Copper Distilled

16) Pepper (circle)

17) Samuel Bros. - OK

18) Golden Eagle

19) Eagle Glen

20) Tom Parker - E.A. Kolb

As long as we're tossing things against the wall... How about the "13 base" series. Most are tooled, but there's a couple of applied top anomalies that were blown in the mold. I say, let's toss them into this mix as well~

Yep, I know, there's a bunch more that are infinitely rarer. So... send me a picture (pictures) along with your opinions for say, the Top 20, and let's get the ball rolling!

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Hi All.
Reno is this coming weekend.
Reno Antique Bottle & Collectibles Club
47th Annual Show & Sale

Early Buyers Friday July 22 10am-6pm

Saturday Show and Sale 9am - 3pm
Reno/Sparks Convention Center
4590 South Virginia St., North Entrance, Reno, NV.
Info: WILLY YOUNG, PH: (775) 746-0922.
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