Monster 1850’s – 1860’s Privy Dig in the Gold Country

In from Western Bitters News…!


It’s funny how things sometimes happen. Coming up on December 3rd & 4th the 49er bottle club is holding their annual show and sale in Auburn California. The feature attraction is “A NON COMPETITIVE GROUP DISPLAY IN TWO CATEGORIES, LONDON JOCKEY CLUBHOUSE GINS AND WISTERS CLUB HOUSE BOTTLES”.

It just so happens a couple of local boys, this past week, hit a monster 1850’s – 1860’s privy here in the gold country. It wasn’t luck…… they have been probing and digging this area of the gold country for the last couple of years. As they say “persistence pays off” and in this case it payed off big time….

Included in the whole non damaged bottles were:

3 – Wistar’s Clubhouse Gins
2 – Jockey Clubhouse Gins
2 – W.S.C. Clubhouse Gins
2 – J.T. Daly Clubhouse Gins
2 – Von Thofen’s Aromatic Schnapps (small size)
1 – Black Glass Hostetter’s

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02 & 03 December 2011 (Friday & Saturday) Auburn, California 49er Antique Bottle & Antique Show “The Best of the West” (9:00 am to 3:00 pm, early admission Friday $10.00 at Noon – 7:00 pm) at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, Auburn, California, Info: Mike McKillop, 117 A Estates Court, Roseville, California 95678, 916.367.1829,

Can’t wait. I’ll be at Auburn. Hopefully see some of these 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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