Your mounted Big Chief bottle is one I am looking for. If you are interested in selling it and it's in near-mint condition, please let me know and we'll negotiate a value/price.
In the meantime ...
Many moons ago I went on a road-trip through the southwest and had reason to stop in at the Painted Desert National Park museum in Arizona to speak with the curator there about an old souvenir item I had which was marked "Painted Desert." The item was a set of hand crafted, wood salt & pepper shakers from the 1940s which the curator said was once sold at the Painted Desert Trading Post. But the most interesting part of my visit was when the curator took me into the archives room and showed me a Navajo Land soda bottle he said was found years ago in a dump pile behind the old trading post, and that it was no doubt sold there at one time. I offered to trade the S & P shakers for the bottle but the curator said it was against their policy. But ever since I have been drooling about that bottle and knew that someday I would just have to have one. Perhaps that day will be Saturday ... ???
Regarding the Painted Desert Trading Post where Navajo Land Fine Beverages were once sold ...
In the 1940's, a rancher by the name of Dutch Windsor settled in the Painted Desert area with his first wife. He decided to build a trading post overlooking the Dead River wash east of the Petrified Forest National Monument on the north side of Route 66. For many years, Windsor and his wife operated the trading post together until they divorced in the 1950's. Windsor then married Joy Nevin and the two of them remained in business until they divorced in 1956. Shortly thereafter, Dutch was forced to close the post due to the realignment of Route 66 to make room for Interstate 40. Although it is now 50+ years later, the old building still stands and remains one of the top 10 tourist sites along Route 66.
[ Then ] ... Its possible the eBay bottle once passed through these doors.
I was off work yesterday and while out-and-about stopped for lunch at the Acorn Casino in San Diego's east county. After lunch I decided to try my luck on one of the poker machines and ended up winning $400. Which of course means I now have $400 more today than I did yesterday. Which also means I might give bidder m***m a run for his money. I think its ironic that money from an Indian casino might help me win an Indian soda bottle. By the way, I keep saying "might" because I haven't decided yet if I'm going to bid or not. Despite the bottle's near-mint condition and the fact I have wanted one for ten-plus years, I still believe it's current value to be about $300. Thus, I'd hate to pay more than that if I don't have to.