National Beer
"The Best in the West"
"Bottled at the Brewery by the National Brewing Co.
"The First Lager Beer Brewed in San Francisco"
Tray Manufacturer:
H.D. Beach Co.
Coshocton, OH
Est. Mint Value:
Date of Manufacture:
Size, Shape & Style:

13.5" x 16.5" x 0.75"
Oval - Litho - Inverted Pie
Date & Where Purchased:
February 2001
Blue & Gray Show in VA
National Pony
Stock Tray:
National Brewing Co.
San Francisco, California
Comments: Now this particular tray illustrates the difference between a near mint condition tray and a beater. This one looks pretty good for what I paid for it (~$200), however if were in Near Mint Condition it would sell for over a grand easy (actually on 8/29/02, one sold on eBay for $2,000).
I will upgrade at some point I hope, but $2,000 seems pretty high. A couple of other very cool National trays out there too. This one certainly captures the spirit of the Wild West. This tray is pictured as a round version in the book Advertising Trays by Tom Polansky (it is the cover tray of the book), however I think it may be the tip tray. Let me know if you have more scoop on this tray than I do and I will get it added to the site.
Brewery - National CA Theme - Ponies Geography - CA Tray # 278
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