Over the years, the show gained popularity and featured several significant first-time events in bottle collecting history. The 1997 Downieville Western Whiskey Extravaganza was amazing. Never before had such a collection of western bottles been featured in one exhibit. Valued at over one million dollars, show attendees were treated to a once in a lifetime viewing of rare and sought-after antique bottles all in one place. Another year, the show featured the most desirable Slug Plate and Picture whiskies and many scarce and exceptional examples of early glass. These two events have shown that the Downieville show has attracted the attention of many high-end collectors.
The 2017 Downieville Show was bittersweet; being announced as the last show to be hosted in Downieville. However, after several years of retirement and then the pandemic Corona Virus which shut down so many shows and social events across the country for over a year, it was decided to bring the Downieville Show back to life! Downieville will host another top-notch antique bottle show on Saturday, September 18. Dealers from many western states including, California, Nevada, Utah and Oregon will be selling at the show. Items for sale will include antique bottles, insulators, gold rush items, advertising, saloon, mining and railroad items, as well as many other western related artifacts. There will be something for almost every kind of collector and finding a special treasure at this one-day show is inevitable!
The show venue is the Downieville School gym located in the heart of Downieville. “Early Lookers” will be admitted for a $10 donation between 8am and 10am. Admission will be FREE to all from 10am to 3pm. Hope to see everyone at the Downieville Antique Bottles & Collectibles Show and Sale on September 18!