Over 200 antique bottles and flasks will be sold in Heckler's online auction, May 13-22 An impressive selection of over 200 antique bottles, flasks and more from several prominent collections will be offered in absentee Internet auction #104 slated for May 13-22 by Norman C. Heckler & Co
News-Antique.com - Apr 05,2013 - (WOODSTOCK, Conn.) – An impressive selection of over 200 antique bottles, flasks and more from several prominent collections will be offered in absentee Internet auction #104 slated for May 13-22 by Norman C. Heckler & Company (www.hecklerauction.com). It is being billed as a May Opportunity Auction – digital online only – with no printed catalog or call-backs.
Headlining the sale will be bottles from the collection of John April, a broad-based collector and fan of early bottles, and 42 pictorial and historical flasks from the collection of Mike Roberts, an expert on Washington-Taylor flasks and double eagle flasks.
Also offered will be rare antique bottles from the collections of Dr. Paul S. Andreson, Ralph Finch, Gary Hatstat and Bernie Robert – all dedicated lifelong collectors. Bidding will officially begin on Monday, May 13, at 9 a.m. (EST) and conclude on Monday, May 22, at 10 p.m. In addition to online bidding, phone, fax, absentee, postal mail and e-mail bids will also be accepted.
“This is shaping up as our most important Opportunity Auction to date,” said Norman C. Heckler, owner of Norman C. Heckler & Company. “Offered will be early glass whiskeys, historical flasks, black glass, bitters, fruit jars, inks, medicines, hat whimseys and more. There really will be something for just about everybody and at price points for all levels of collector.”
The Mike Roberts collection will feature a group of eight scroll flasks, all made circa 1845-1860 (probably by Louisville Glassworks, Ky.) and carrying pre-sale estimates ranging from $500-$4,000; and a half-dozen cornucopia-urn pictorial flasks, some dating to 1820-1840 and a few made by Lancaster Glass Works (N.Y.). These are estimated to bring $200-$800 each.
Also from the Roberts collection is a group of three clasped hands/eagle historical flasks made in Midwest America circa 1855-1870 and expected to sell for $300-$800 each; and four “Union” clasped hands/historical flasks, all made in Pittsburgh, Pa., in the mid-19th century by numerous glass houses and overall very rare and beautiful. They should fetch $600-$4,000 per bottle.
A few other selections from the Mike Roberts collection include a summer tree/winter tree pictorial flask, made circa 1840-1860, possibly by the Baltimore (Md.) Glass Works (est. $1,000-$2,000); a Masonic eagle flask, made circa 1825-1835 in Zanesville, Oh. (est. $1,000-$2,000); and a pattern molded flask with 24 vertical flask, circa 1800-1840 (est. $1,000-$2,000).
The expected stars of the Ralph Finch collection are fancy and figural cologne bottles, to be offered in multiple lots. All are attributed to the Boston and Sandwich Glass Works (Mass.), and were made in the mid-to-late 19th century. What will attract bidders is the fine condition and beautiful colors displayed by these examples. They are estimated to fetch $300-$1,000 per lot.
The Dr. Paul S. Andreson collection boasts numerous free-blown and pattern-molded glass hat whimseys, by possible makers hailing from the East Coast to the Midwest. A Pitkin Glass Works (Manchester, Conn.) whimsey was made circa 1787-1830 and features a cylindrical hat form and nice medium olive amber color (est. $600-$1,200).