Early blown glass Masonic/eagle flask brings $17,360 at American Bottle Auctions An extremely rare Justus Perry early blown glass Masonic/eagle flask, made circa 1822-1840, sold for $17,360 in an Internet and catalog sale held April 27-May 6 by American Bottle Auctions.
and lighter in color, but still gorgeous with a 9.7 grade, realized $4,704.
A London Jockey Clubhouse Gin bottle with embossed horse and rider, purchased by the consignor at an antiques shop in Quebec, Canada about 40 years ago for $50, amber in color and graded highly at 9.9, rose to $5,600; and a Lacor’s Bitters Sarsapariphere bottle that underwent a little cleaning to bring out its beautiful amber coloration, graded 9.8, changed hands for $3,584.
Two bottles scored identical winning bids of $3,360. One was an early (circa 1822-1840) “Success to the Railroad” railroad bottle in a gorgeous teal color, extremely crude and with loads of bubbles, graded 9.9. The other was a Pacific Congress Water Springs (Saratoga, Calif.) pastel green bottle, a western jumping deer style pint highly sought after by collectors, graded at 9.7.
Another pair of lots also reached identical prices – of $2,912. The first was an original box of twelve mint-condition bottles of University of Free Medicine “Family Anti-Bilious” pills, all with the original labels, wrappers and contents. The second was a National Bitters bottle in a bright yellow color (with just a hint of green), having an applied top and graded highly at 9.9.
Rounding out the sale’s top lots: another London Jockey Clubhouse Gin bottle with embossed horse and rider, this one with a graphite pontil and colored a rich 7-Up green, with nice bubbles and good character, breezed to $3,136; and a blue Mr. Sacramento bottle (with Union Glass Works, Philadelphia on the reverse), graded 9.5 with all graphite intact, hit $2,688.
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