It’s a rare a California Clubhouse Whiskey Bottle from the early 1870′s. The company only produced its bourbon for 2 years, so there are few whole bottles left. Only 9 are known to exist, and this is the first one to sell at auction.
They’re treasured by Westerniana collectors as well as bottle collectors, because they were a high-end whiskey from the era of Deadwood and John Wayne. It’s also famous for its intricate embossing, very desirable from a collector’s perspective.
This turn of the century minnow trap sold for $180. You put in a river and it traps the fishies. Clever design, isn’t it?