Norman C. Heckler to hold a premier absentee auction of early glass, bottles and flasks, Nov. 4-13 What could well be one of Norman C. Heckler & Company’s most important absentee sales ever held will open for bidding on Monday, Nov. 4th at 9 a.m. (EST) and end Wednesday, Nov. 13th at 10 p.m.
$10,000-$20,000); and a Jenny Lind “Glass Works / S. Huffsey” historical quart calabash flask, bluish green, made circa 1850-1860 by Isabella Glass Works of Brooklyn, N.J. (est. $1,500-$3,000).
Early American figured flasks will feature an Eagle-Cornucopia flask, probably from the early Pittsburgh (Pa.) district, made circa1820-1840, in an outstanding medium sapphire blue color (est. $8,000-$16,000); and a rare Isabella Glass Works flask (Brooklyn, N.J.), in a beautiful blue green color, made between 1840 and 1860 (est. $5,000-$10,000).
A pair of hat whimsies bound to get attention are a blown three mold glass hat whimsey made circa 1820-1840 by the Keene (N.H.) Marlboro Street Glassworks, cylindrical form, medium yellow olive in color (est. $5,000-$10,000); and a freeblown hat whimsey on a stem most likely made by Coventry (Conn.) Glass Works, circa 1813-1848, medium yellow olive (est. $2,000-$4,000).
Collectors of rare American medicine bottles will be delighted by a “Pike & Osgood / Boston, Mass.” - “Alterative Syrup” medicine bottle, manufactured by a Stoddard glasshouse (N.H.), circa 1840-1860, olive amber (est. $6,000-$12,000); and a “Dr. Stephen Jewett’s / Celebrated Health / Restoring Bitters” bottle, also from Stoddard and made circa 1840-1860 (est. $2,500-$5,000).
Last, but certainly not least, a sampling of two half-pint flasks from the Carl Sturm collection: a “Not For Joe” pictorial flask with a girl on a bicycle, made in America circa 1860-1870 and the only known example in this size, amber (est. $3,000-$6,000); and an eagle flask made by Louisville (Ky.) Glass Works, circa 1860-1865, yellow olive (est. 2,000-$4,000).
Previews will be held from Oct. 15-Nov. 12 at Norman C. Heckler & Company’s gallery facility, located at 79 Bradford Corner Road in Woodstock Valley, Conn. There, bidders will be able to inspect the bottles being offered, during regular business hours of 9-4, Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, please call (860) 974-1634.
Norman C. Heckler & Company was founded in 1987 as a full-service auction and appraisal firm. Today it is the foremost auction house in the U.S. for antique glass. In Oct. 2010, the firm set a record for an antique glass bottle at auction when a General Jackson eagle portrait flask went for $176,670. In addition to glass, the firm also offers early American antique items.
Norman C. Heckler & Company is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To inquire about consigning a single piece or an entire collection, you may call them at (860) 974-1634; or, you can e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the upcoming Auction #106 slated for Nov. 4th-13th, please visit www.hecklerauction.com.