Gold Dust Kentucky Bourbon bottle climbs to $28,000 at American Bottle Auctions A Trademark Barkhouse Bros. & Co. Gold Dust Kentucky Bourbon bottle sold for $28,000 in an Internet and catalog auction held Dec. 9-18 by American Bottle Auctions (www.americanbottle.com).
Two lots realized identical prices of $4,928. The first was a salt glazed ovoid stoneware flask (possibly made by Henry Remmey, circa 1860), with hand-painted blue floral decorations on the front and back. The other was a beautiful light to medium amber Kane, O’Leary & Co. half-pint flask, very early and one of only three known, in remarkable condition, graded 9.7.
An Eagle / Eagle quart flask, 8 inches tall, circa 1845-1860, in a brilliant yellow green (or citron) color, very crude, with hardly any highpoint wear or any distractions alt all, went for $4,480. Also, a Lacour’s Bitters Sarsapariphere 9 ¼ inch tall third variant bottle with applied top, circa 1874-1875, in a light to medium amber color and with a perfect top, commanded $3,856.
An Gardner & Brown 8 ¾ inch torpedo bottle with nasty applied top, colored a brilliant yellow green and sporting loads of whittle and little bubbles, graded 9.3, changed hands for $3,808. Also, a Greeley’s Bourbon Bitters bottle, 9 inches tall, with applied top, made circa 1860-1880 and colored a nice medium green, very crude, in great condition, coasted to $3,584.
A fairly scarce and quite early Sunburst two-pint flask, 7 ¼ inches tall and made in New England around 1815-1830, moss green in color and graded a near-mint 9.9, knocked down at $2,912. Also, a beautiful, medium amber Wormser Bros. (San Francisco) 9 ¼ inch barrel bottle with applied top, made circa 1869, with some light whittle and graded 9.6, achieved $2,702.
Rounding out the sale’s top lots is a wonderful early Lafayette Coventry 6-inch half-pint flask with liberty stars and stripes and a row of stars on the reverse. Made circa 1815-1830 and colored a nice medium amber, the bottle sold for $1,792. American Bottle Auctions’ next catalog and Internet sale is slated for spring 2012. Some fine pieces from Nevada are already consigned.
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