Dr. Henley’s Wild Grape Root IXL Bitters ‘Showdown’

henley IXL showdown

Jurors debating the merits of these great bottles

Dr. Henley’s Wild Grape Root IXL Bitters ‘Showdown’

08 April 2011

Apple-Touch-IconAThis was fun, my first ‘showdown’ that I have ever attended. As reported by Rick Simi on his Western Bitters Blog Western Bitters News.

On Saturday December 4th the 49er Historical Bottle Club held their annual bottle and antique show. After a brisk Friday afternoon dealer setup Saturday’s attendance was steady and most of the dealer’s I talked with reported strong sales all day long. It was great to see all the fellow bottle collectors and I visited with collectors from Northern California, Southern California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Texas, Arizona, Wisconsin and many other regions.

Dr Henley IXL Color Run

Dr. Henley’s Wild Grape Root Bitters Color Run

One of the highlights of Saturday’s show was the Dr. Henley’s Wild Grape Root IXL Bitters “showdown” that was conceived and overseen by western collector “The California Kid”. I am not positive, but I believe, there were over a dozen entries of IXL’s in the circle and non circle variants. The varied and stunning colors that the IXL is known to come in made for a very colorful display.

After the three judges conferred, they awarded first place in the non circle category to collector Richard Siri for beautiful amber colored IXL. Richard also received first place in the circle IXL category with a drop dead deep blue aqua Henley’s – a clean sweep of the showdown for the Santa Rosa collector.

Thanks to all that participated in the showdown and to the Auburn club for an entertaining and well run showdown. I have heard rumors that next year’s showdown will be Phoenix western fifths and flasks. Excellent!

winning IXL bitters

Richard Siri’s Winning Bottles

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. He is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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One Response to Dr. Henley’s Wild Grape Root IXL Bitters ‘Showdown’

  1. Warren Friedrich says:

    I was asked to be one of the 3 judges for this first annual event at the 49er Historical Bottle Associations show in Auburn, CA. The number of Henley’s IXL Bitters examples was truly incredible and very difficult to judge. Two of my favorites exhibited at this showdown were 2 very light pastel green coloration examples. Simply spectacular!

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