St. Drake's Plantation bitters bottle realizes $37,950 at American Bottle Auctions' sale #58 A St. Drake’s Plantation 1860 X bitters bottle, made circa 1862-1872 and one of only a few known in the blue-green color, soared to $37,950 at American Bottle Auctions’ Internet and catalog sale #58.
a San Francisco distributor phone number (of 2154!), graded 9.9 ($5,290). The second was a St. Drake’s 1860 X Plantation bitters (circa 1869-1872) with arabesque motif, graded 9.9 ($5,060).
The third was a George Washington-Zachary Taylor (“The Father of Our Country/Gen. Taylor Never Surrenders”) quart flask, colored a beautiful cross between sapphire and cobalt and graded 9.9 ($5,060, a solid price for a light blue example). Also, a nice light green Greeley’s Bourbon bitters, nicely whittled and with no wear at all, graded 9.8+, changed hands for $4,140.
A pair of bottles knocked down for identical selling prices of $3,910. One was an A.P. Hotaling Co. (Portland, Ore., Sole Agents) whiskey bottle with embossed crown, made circa 1884-1890, light to medium reddish amber, graded 9.7. The other was an A.M. Binninger & Co. (N.Y.) bottle, with no address on it, from 1860, colored strawberry peach puce and graded 9.8.
Another Bittinger bottle with no address, this one light topaz in color and made in 1867, with applied top, smooth base and super crudity all around, fetched $3,680. “We’re not sure why Bittinger omitted the addresses on these bottles,” Wichmann said. “Maybe because they cut ties with Cozzens, around 1860. Whatever, they sold for more than I can ever recall anyone paying.”
Rounding out the auction’s top achievers, a St. Drake’s 1860 X Plantation four-log bitters made circa 1869-1872 and colored a desirable golden yellow (vs. the more ordinary amber), graded 9.9, coasted to $3,680; and a Lafayette/T.S. DeWitt Clinton (Coventry, Conn.) historical flask (GI-80), in a lovely yellow-green color, with a solid strike and loads of bubble, hit $3,450.
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. The next regular bottle auction will probably be held sometime in the late summer or early fall.
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