Tuesday, June 28, 2016

2016 FOHBC National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo



2016 FOHBC National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo


Only five Less than THREE weeks 'till the largest antique bottle event happens in the western U.S. Four days of antique bottle activities among bottle collectors from 21 states! 
All happening at Lions Gate Hotel and McClellan Conference Center, August 4th thru 7th. 
Get the details at FOHBC.org  or Warren Friedrich, (530) 271-5757 or warrenls6@sbcglobal.net

Saturday, June 18, 2016

2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo - FOHBC auction

From Fred Holabird: 
Hi thanks for the calls and all the help over time getting the word out on the FOHBC auction. I forgot to mention something important and need your help. I would greatly like to add some bottles from western states that help define bottle collecting in the West. Here’s what I’d like to see: Some western bottles that help define the state: Arizone: something like one of the Rattlesnake oil bottles. And a bottle marked “A.T.” or mining camps – Bisbee, etc. I will put in my own tombstone soda. Colorado: bottles from the mining camps that aren’t dirt common. I have a good selection from New Mexico now. Looking for Montana and Oregon pieces! We probably have California covered, unless I can find a Manzanita Cure, which would be great. Nevada – as I mentioned, I’ll pull from my collection. Washington – I’ll call a major collector I know. I need stuff within a week or so, if at all possible. 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Paper labels and packing crates!

Royal Miller Whiskey

I hadn't heard of this one, and am betting that you haven't either.

Would you believe that it's a western brand? San Francisco to be precise. Nope, it's not listed in the California trade mark database that just became available either... 

Of course, none of us had heard of Sappho Brand either, until a few years ago when I acquired a label and contents bottle that had been found in a mine shaft in Nevada. 

The Royal Miller Whiskey brand was recently re-discovered while a gentleman "was helping a neighbor with cleaning out a house and came across a box that looked cool".

Yes, cool indeed!
Oh, and did I mention that the Sappho and 
Royal Miller Whiskey brands have a common denominator?


I'd date it post TOC based on the 25 oz. capacity and the style of the box construction (round nails and butt joints instead of dovetailed corner joinery). The brand must have been a total flop since it was never even recorded. I'd sure like to see what the paper labels looked like!
Ahh, the beauty of paper labels and packing crates!

Great find Dan!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Good things happen to good people

A little over ten years ago I made the long distance acquaintance of a fellow whiskey collector located in Greensboro North Carolina. David Jackson is best known for his Casper's Whiskey collection, which is arguably the most complete assemblage of it's kind anywhere.

Unbeknownst to many, David is also an avid aficionado of Western Whiskeys. 

A couple of days ago I received an email from David. I'd like to share it.

Congrats David! Awesome example and the variant that many collectors never even have the opportunity to view, let alone add to their collection! It pays being in the right place at the right time!

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