Wormser Brothers bottle hits $18,480 at American Bottle Auctions A Wormser Brothers barrel bitters bottle, maybe the only green one in existence, soared to $18,480 in an Internet and catalog auction that began Aug. 29 and ended Sept. 8 by American Bottle Auctions.
red or aqua). This one boasted a superb strike, heavy whittling and loads of crudity throughout. It also had some strong embossing. The flask posted a respectable 9.7 grade.
A Hogan & Thompson (San Francisco) Western soda bottle, with Union Glassworks (Philadelphia) on the reverse side, went to a determined bidder for $4,704. The bottle is one of the rarest Western sodas ever made, and the one sold is considered the best-known example of all. It was a beautiful deep and brilliant blue, but scratches and pitting added up to an 8.8 grade.
A Pacific Congress Water Springs (Saratoga, Calif.) pint bottle with “Sage’s Pacific Congress” on the reverse side and an embossed running deer breezed to $3,808. The example was heavily whittled and had a perfect top and brilliant green coloration. A hint of an interior stain indicted the pint had never been cleaned. It was a top specimen, with a superior 9.8 grade.
A J. (Jane) McCollick & Co. (New York) pickle jar with keyhole design, applied mouth and iron pontil garnered $3,360. The 8 ½-inch-tall jar, made circa 1850, is desirable to collectors in part because women generally weren’t businesspeople in the mid-19th century. This jar was in super condition (graded 9.5), with medium blue color and only slight wear to the highest points.
A Pitkin type pint flask (probably New England, circa 1785-1820), 7 inches tall with sheared lip and open pontil, realized $2,912, a record for this bottle. The flask had a beautiful bluish green color and had loads of bubbles and an overall strong pattern. It had a somewhat flattened body and was fairly sizable. Graded 9.7, it showed just a little bit of wear near the base.
A Hopatkong Whiskey bottle (J.C. Hess & Co., Philadelphia), 10 inches tall and with an applied band and smooth base, knocked down at $2,688. The cobalt blue specimen, with a series of varying blue striations throughout, was consigned by Mr. Sandor Fuss, a notoriously finicky collector. As a result, this is quite possibly the only perfect example known. It was graded 9.8.
American Bottle Auctions’ next big sale will go online sometime in November (watch the website for details as November approaches, at www.americanbottle.com). Mr. Wichmann said he expected there would be around 150 bottles in the auction. Like the recent sale, it will also have historical flasks, bitters and food jars, plus some sodas, which he said are surging.
American Bottle Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign a single bottle or an entire collection, you may call them toll-free, at 1-800-806-7722; or, you can e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about American Bottle Auctions and the company’s next Internet and catalog sale, log on to www.americanbottle.com.