The vintage bottle collection of Tom McCandless will be sold in three sessions The lifetime, single-owner bottle and flask collection of Tom McCandless will be sold in three sessions by Norman C. Heckler & Company. Session I (83 lots) will go online Sept. 28 and end Oct. 8.
A pair of bottles are expected to bring $7,500-$15,000. They are a “Fairview / Works” short-haired bust made by the Wheat Price & Company Mfrs. (Wheeling, W. Va., circa 1820-1840), light blue, in fine condition; and a miniature figural bottle in the form of a cannon barrel (R.&G.A. Wright, Phila., circa 1860-1880), plum amethyst color, one of only two known.
One bottle with a fascinating history is a cylindrical applied seal wine bottle (possibly American, circa 1760, est. $3,000-$6,000). It is marked “PS” -- for Peter Stuyvesant, to whom it belonged. He was the great grandson of the last Dutch colonial governor of New Amsterdam. The bottle was dug up from seven feet below the surface of the Stuyvesant Estate in New Jersey.
Several bottles boast incredible striations – the series of ridges, furrows or linear marks on a glass or bottle that create a colorful, streaking effect that is highly desirable to many collectors. Three in particular are expected to generate tremendous bidder interest. They are:
An eagle historical flask (probably Keene Marlboro Street Glassworks, Keene, N.H., made circa 1820-1830), with wide profuse amethyst striations (est. $3,000-$6,000).
A Washington-Taylor portrait flask (Dyotville Glass Works, Phila., circa 1840-1860), rare, with unusual ginger ale coloration with apricot striations (est. $5,000-$10,000).
Another Washington-Taylor portrait flask, also made by Dyottville circa 1840-1860, light to medium blue with deep, profuse horizontal striations (est. $5,000-$10,000).
Other intriguing, mid-price-range bottles will include a hearts and flowers scroll-type quart flask (Midwest America, circa 1845-1860), deep pale blue green with a sheared mouth and in great condition (est. $5,000-$10,000); and a diamond daisy pattern molded pocket bottle, made circa 170-1774 by Stiegel’s American Flint Glass Manufactory (Pa., est. $3,500-$7,500).
Rounding out the list of some expected top lots are a black glass-handled wine bottle (England, circa 1680-1730), squat and cylindrical with a heavy applied solid handle and deep yellow olive coloration (est. $1,000-$2,000); and an American fancy pickle jar (ca. 1845-1860), square with beveled corners and fancy cathedral arches on all four sides (est. $2,000-$4,000).
Collectors new to bottles and glass, or collectors on a budget, should not be put off by the high pre-sale estimates assigned to some pieces. The bottles just described represent the best offerings in the catalog – a catalog that comprises around 325 lots. But the fact is, there will be something for just about every budget and every level of collector, from beginner to advanced.
The Session I live auction on Oct. 8 will be part of Norman C. Heckler & Co.’s 12th annual Columbus Day weekend event. From 9-11 a.m., folks will be able to preview the bottles in Session I (which starts at 11 a.m.), then enjoy an old-fashioned tailgate party, an antique bottle and glass swap, previews for important auction Sessions II and III, and a free country cook-out.
Norman C. Heckler & Company was founded in 1987 as a full-service auction and appraisal firm. Today it is the foremost auction house for antique glass.