Museum hosts first successful bottle show

Old bottles and other collectibles were in high demand at the Sacramento Valley Museum’s inaugural two-day exhibition last weekend.

Vendors from around Northern California sold various glass antiques – mostly bottles that once contained whiskey, wine, beer, sodas, medicines, mineral water, and perfume from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

“Some of the whiskey bottles are rare or very clean,” said Museum President Arno Martini. “That’s what people like, and why some of them are worth a lot of money.”

The Bottle and Collectible Show was organized to replace the antique show held in Williams for 40 years, and later taken over by the city.

The new Bottle and Collectible show, open for admission for early bird shoppers on Friday and free admission on Saturday, included a tri-tip lunch and a raffle of antique bottles, including original Allen & Bartlett Spring Water bottles, which came with framed lithographs from the early days of commercial water distribution (bottling) from the two major springs of the same names, located in Lake and western Colusa County.

The two-day show was well attended for an inaugural event.

“We had a great reception,” said Cristy Edwards, who, along with husband Slim, organized the event.

“Friday was super busy. Everyone seemed to enjoy the show,” Edwards added.

In addition to bottles, antique dealers sold, traded, or bought collections.

About 40 vendors sold mostly antique bottles, but many had other glassware and antiques.

Colin Jung, of Sunnyvale, a glass insulator dealer, said he was happy to come from the Bay Area to attend Williams’ first bottle and collectible show.

“I wanted to support a new show host,” Jung said. “We don’t have a lot of brand new shows, so I figured it was important to show support to encourage people to not only come, but to continue to host the show. Many the shows in the area are very old, long established shows.”

Jung said attending any new show is a great opportunity for him to network with other vendors and residents of the community who may be interested in selling their insulators, a popular collectible produced the U.S. first in the 1850s for telegraph lines, and then for telephone and electrical conduction.

“I sell insulators, but I’m also a collector,” Jung said.

Martini said by Saturday, museum directors and visitors to the show were pretty certain the antique bottle and collectible show could become a successful annual event for Williams.

“Everyone seems pretty excited about it,” he said. ■