Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
It is embossed: DONLEVY BOURBON / AGUADDIENTES / HECHO EN MEXICO
- How did this fifth travel across the border way back when?
- Who was the individual that brought it back to drink here in the good ole USA?
- Are there other whiskey fifths from Mexico?
- Was this bottle blown somewhere in Mexico?
- Does it/should it qualify as a "Western" whiskey? After all, Tijuana is the westernmost city in Mexico!
- Would there be any fifths that were made earlier (tooled or perhaps even applied)?
- Does that mean there could also be an early fifth that once held Tequila? Jno. C. Cuervo?
This little high valley herd of "johnnies and nicks" has been grazing peacefully long enough. Back up the horse trailer Dusty, there's a rodeo in SoCal this weekend.
You No. California boys are pretty lucky, bottle shows every month, flea markets and street fairs, digging all around ya. I can't blame ya for not wanting to head down to Pomino.
I live here in Morgan, U-tah, on the other side of the Great Salt Lick. Hail, it's always about 500 miles to the nearest bottle show. Unless I drive up canyon (Park City way) and see the empties in 'ol Dave Bone's window.
I surely do miss goin to Reno for the show. Since 1972, I've only missed a couple of those Reno shows. Missin it this year but it ain't my fault. So I guess we'll use that gas money for Pamoana.
We'll let you boys in on the go'ins on there in Pamon, Pamoon, Pa-mow-na. Get the map Dusty, we're goin to a different part of the state for a change.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Here is another very rare Oregon flask. This is the private mold variant in the pint size. Look at that huge, glob top. According to Dale, there may be only two known with an applied top, maybe 5 or 6 known with tooled tops.
Fleckenstein and Mayer produced more early amber flask variations than just about any Western concern. There is the indented slugplate pint and 1/2 pint; the 'private mold' applied and tooled 1/2 pints; the 'private mold' pint in both applied top and toolie; and also the pint horizontal, open embossed, knife edge flask.
There are also 3 known examples of the 1/2 pint with an upside down embossed slugplate!
What is weird about the group is the overlap in usage. They were all made in the years between 1879-1885, several in use at the same time.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Here is some reading material for you from A.M. Smith's book. After many trials and failures he landed in Ogden, Utah working for the C.P.R.R.
Monday, July 20, 2009
I high jacked this photo from http://www.oldwestbottles.com/ check out the site and look under 'spotlight' to read the entire writeup.
Everyone needs a Teakettle or two... or 27 like Jerry O'Doan pulled out of one hole in 1971. (my greenish one came from Jerry's mega-hole). There used to be a half dozen or more for sale at every Reno bottle show in the '70s and '80s. Where did they all go? One intact aqua one exists, 3 or 4 broken examples have been found. Need a green-o-meter to rate the olive shades. A beautiful bottle, and one of the most popular and most recognizable of all the old western glob fifths.
A nice pair from Lance Westfall.
My small group is pretty lonely. Need a light yellow one and that real green one would help. The broken aqua one is the example that Thomas noted was found in the V.C. dump by Ann Karo. ??
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The month of June saw a few more globs available for purchase on Ebay. Westernglassaddict had a pair of nice fifths listed and they both found new homes. A mint, yellowish amber McKennas(t-168) not much whittle, but with a good, solid strike sold for 1350.00. It was a good price, and a good example. What else am I going to say, as it now is in my collection! Also a good example of a Hotaling-Portland Crown fifth(t-56) sold for a fairly strong 3028.00. It was also in perfect condition, with a strong strike and in a fairly typical medium amber color. BottleVault had several glob fifths that were sold including a passable O.K. Cutter(t-41) that went for an uninspiring 178.00, also a somewhat weakly embossed Circle-Cutter(t-44) brought a fair 153.00. A W.A. Gaines(t-110 ) was sold for the disappointingly low price of 570.00 and change. The buyer was probably happy, but it's sad to see a nice, classic old glob top get such little respect. To be honest, the picts. on 'vaults' items seem to be a bit fuzzy, to me anyway, and that Gaines in particular was hard to get a good idea of the character of the bottle. A couple of those fifths may have done better if he had a bit more clarity in those pictures. I'm not sure of his technique, but leisalu's bottles look so sharp on there that they may just roll off my monitor and into my lap.
Don't know about you, but if I'm buying something on fleabay, I need all the encouragement I can get.... guess that starts with the photos. Sorry, it sounds like I am beating on bottlevault maybe a bit too much. He provides a tremendous amount of inventory for collectors to consider, that takes a lot of time and effort ... and picture posting.
Globtop has been a familiar name on the 'bay the past few years. He has posted some nice pictures as background to some of his listed items. Appears to have built one heck of a collection up there in Alaska. The Spruance,Stanley fifth(t-145) he just sold should have brought more than 160.00. Needed some "extenze for bottles" or something to lengthen the neck on that spud.
Nothing in the way of auctions to speak of. The glob top whiskey world is waiting for the August installment of American Bottle Auctions. The California Clubhouse Pure Bourbon(t-119) is certainly a hot topic right now and probably right up to 'hammer time'. Pro or con, numero uno or not, where ever you weigh in on the Cal-Club it will be an excellent opportunity to view, and even hold, one of the great western fifths at the National Show in Pomona. Should be fun, lots of bottles change hands in room sales. I'll have a spread there, nothing killer, but look forward to seeing everyone.
------- Jno. C. Morrison Jr.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Major bummer, it was a bloody "generic". Crude dog, but useless to me. Finishing the remains of the privy netted us one more star based fifth, a few early pharmacies, and a dozen slicks. No killers to talk about. About the best glass in the hole were these two wannabe Codes. Bright green, crude, but slickers all the way.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Dale Mlasko just sent me a photo of his eye-popping example. I have seen greener Valleys, but I don't think I have ever seen a more beautiful one. Send me some pictures of your best OLD VALLEY and we will do a photo shoot. email@example.com
Here is a nice set from Larry Westfall.
Mirror, Mirror on the wall... Who's the greenest of them all!
A.P. finally shook loose with a couple of pictures of his 'heavily watered' old valley.
Castle sent in the picture of this gorgeous example.....