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 bottle just sold for a bid of $27,000. That’s $30,240 once you add the 12% buyers premium. See a video describing it in more detail here.
I didn’t look through the whole catalogue, but almost all of the items I saw on several pages sold for a few tens or hundreds of dollars, so the California Clubhouse bottle is a major stand-out.
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?
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$30,000 for a 100 year old bourbon bottle?! That’s crazy! 😮
“Put it in the river, and it traps the fishies!”
This bourbon bottle is almost 150 years old. Very rare to find. Thanks for adding pictures of this rare bourbon bottle.