St. Drake's Plantation Bitters bottle could fetch $20,000-$40,000 at American Bottle Auctions A St. Drake’s Plantation X Bitters bottle, made circa 1862-1872 and one of only a few known in the very rare blue-green color, is expected to sell for $20,000-$40,000 at American Bottle Auctions.
A Vidvard & Sheehan early handled flask, with applied pour spout and handle, has a pre-sale estimate of $3,000-$6,000. These flasks generally come in shades of green, and this one is pure green in a light to medium shade. It is virtually perfect, with no distractions at all, and it is one of the rarer and more colorful whiskeys in the sale – a fine addition to anyone’s collection.
A P.M.S.S. (Pacific Mail and Steam Ship Company) Western fifth with applied top, made circa 1880-1895 and graded near-perfect at 9.8, is expected to change hands for $2,000-$5,000. The bottle is different from typical Western fifths because of its short neck and small top. And it’s not known for its rarity. Still, it’s a favorite among Cutter and Western whiskey collectors.
An A. M. Bininger & Co. (19 Broad St., New York) whiskey bottle, 12 ˝ inches tall and with the original label 95 percent intact (a substantial selling point by itself), should command $2,000-$4,000. The bottle’s condition is nearly perfect, and the label shows an Arab Sheikh sitting next to a woman holding an American flag, with cherubs and other colorful graphics.
American Bottle Auctions has announced something brand new – American Marble Auctions, with a new website and a premiere auction event planned for September. The firm has incorporated marbles into its bottle auctions in the past, but now the category will exist on its own, with a website and separate auction calendar. Details will be revealed as September nears.
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 Auction #58 (June 16-June 30), please log on to www.americanbottle.com.