Constitution Bitters figural bottle, mid-19th century, brings $7,840 at American Bottle Auctions A mid-19th century Constitution Bitters bottle, possibly the earliest figural bitters bottle ever blown in America, sold for $7,840 in an Internet and catalog auction held by American Bottle Auctions.
The Kentucky Gem is one of the most sought after western fifths today, and this example (found in a remote area of Nevada) is one of maybe ten known. A ding on the corner base edge kept it from fetching more.
A Masonic Eagle pint flask (GIII-4), found in the safe of a Masonic temple and graded conservatively at 9.7, went for $5,600. The bottle was very heavy and colored a beautiful yellow green, with a tooled mouth with pontil. Its spectacular condition (attributable to the fact that it had been in the safe for many decades) caused the bottle to sail past the high estimate of $5,000.
An R.T. Carroll & Company Sole Agents (San Francisco) western whiskey fifth, made circa 1875-1882 and graded near-mint at 9.8, went to a determined bidder for $5,152. The overall crudity of this exceedingly rare whiskey bottle was just about perfect. American Bottle Auctions has only seen a couple of these in the past 20 years, a real testament to its scarcity.
A Jockey Club sixth-size western whiskey bottle (G. W. Chesley & Co., San Francisco), graded 9.6, found a new owner for $4,256. The bottle, one of the more popular sixth-sized western whiskeys, had been found under a house that was being demolished and the worker was smart enough to bring it home. This example, made between 1873-1878, had loads of whittle.
A Pike’s Peak olive yellow pint (GXI-50), showing a walking man and a man shooting a deer on the reverse side, topped out at $3,808. The bottle was near-perfect, graded 9.8, with no real distractions of any type, to include high point wear or scratching. It also boasted an applied band and smooth base. Bidders rewarded the bottle by nearly doubling the $2,000 high estimate.
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