California Clubhouse Whiskey bottle soars to $30,240 A medium chocolate amber California Clubhouse Whiskey bottle, made circa 1872-1874 and one of only nine known, sold for $30,240 in an Internet and catalog auction held by American Bottle Auctions.
Pineapple bitters bottle, very early and with sensational color, used but still a 9.5.
A Germania 10-inch bitters bottle with an embossed seated woman having herself a wonderful time, one of only two known examples with the original labels intact, graded 9.8, fetched $5,152; an original Pocahontas bitters bottle by Y. Ferguson, a rare barrel with a bluish aqua color, graded 9.6, hit $4,928; and a Greeley’s Bourbon 9-½ inch bitters bottle, lime green and graded 8.9, went for $4,704.
An OK Plantation 1840 bottle (patented 1863), without the word “bitters” but still a bitters bottle, with loads of tiny bubbles and free from any flaws, breezed to $4,704; a Sarsapariphere Lacour’s bitters bottle (circa 1870-73), in a rare uneven amber color, graded 8.9, topped out at $4,032; and a Pearson Bros. Bodie bottle, greenish aqua and probably made around 1890, graded 9.2, brought $4,032.
A 6 ¾-inch-tall Alpine Hair Balm bottle in brilliant green, made in Providence, R.I., and with a perfect applied top and smooth base, graded 9.8, rose to $3,808; a rare green E.L. Billings SAC City soda bottle (with Geyser Soda on the reverse, circa 1872-79), graded 9.3 changed hands for $3,584; and a geometric pattern molded decanter (GII-7, circa 1820-40), olive and yellow, graded 9.5, made $3,584.
An oddly shaped, cobalt blue Fish’s Infaliable Hair Restorative bottle (with N. Mills on the reverse shoulder, made in 1863), possibly Hawaiian in origin, graded 9.7, garnered $3,360; a St. Drake’s 1860 Plantation bitters bottle (patented in 1862), green and amber and graded 9.7, sold for $3,360; and an Arlington M.A. Lindberg Prop. (Bakersfield, Calif.) half-pint bottle, graded 9.7, climbed to $3,136.
American Bottle Auctions was founded in 1990 by Jeff Wichmann, a native Californian who has been collecting antique bottles for nearly 40 years. Over time, the firm grew and underwent a name change, but the focus has remained the same: American Bottle Auctions specializes in appraising, brokering, consigning and auctioning antique bottles and glass. Bottle collecting is a burgeoning genre.
Mr. Wichmann has personally researched, appraised and estimated the value of tens of thousands of antique bottles and related items. He is often called on to appraise antique bottles and glass for private individuals and businesses. In 1999, he wrote and published The Best of the West – Antique Western Bitters Bottles, a top research guide. He has also written many articles on the subject of antique bottles.
American Bottle Auctions’ next Internet and catalog auction will begin around late November and conclude in early December (exact dates to be determined). Quality consignments for this and all future auctions are always accepted. To consign a single bottle or an entire collection, you may call American Bottle Auctions toll-free, at 1-800-806-7722; or, e-mail them, at firstname.lastname@example.org.