Nearly 200 rare and vintage bottles will be sold online, Jan. 10th-19th, at American Bottle Auctions The only known example of a Henry Sadler label under glass flask and a quarter-sawn oak advertising chair for the Shea Bocqueraz Company will be sold online, Jan. 10-19, at American Bottle Auctions.
News-Antique.com - Nov 29,2013 - (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) - The only known example of a Henry Sadler label under glass flask, a quarter-sawn oak advertising chair for the Shea Bocqueraz Company (distributors of Teacup and Teakettle whiskey), and a gorgeous green St. Drake 1860 Plantation bitters bottle are just a few of the expected top lots in American Bottle Auctions’ internet and catalog auction #59.
The 184 rare and vintage bottles will be available for online viewing starting Jan. 8, at the American Bottle Auctions website (www.americanbottle.com). The auction will run from Friday, Jan. 10, to Sunday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. (PCT). “Our 59th auction promises to be one of our better sales,” said Jeff Wichmann of American Bottle Auctions, “with examples in many categories.”
These will include sodas (featuring a number of rare variants), whiskeys (both fifths and flasks, some of them rare and unusual), bitters (eastern and western), colored pontil medicines, historical flasks, inkwells, gins, sasparillas and other liquors, early chestnuts, pickle and fruit jars and more. Catalogs will be available in early January. Phone and absentee bids will be accepted.
The name Henry Sadler is iconic in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he was a liquor importer and wholesaler beginning in 1860. The label under glass flask bearing his name – 5 ¾ inches tall, with original metal cap – is exceptionally rare and in near-mint condition (graded 9.5 out of 10). The woman in the portrait strongly favors Annie Oakley. The flask should realize $2,000-$3,000.
The Shea Bocqueraz Company was a San Francisco-based liquor distributor (1888-1903). The all-original oak chair being sold was made for the firm as a promotional giveaway, most likely to a saloon or other top customer. It stands 41 inches tall, with an 18-inch-wide seat – and has a great carved imp (or Leprechaun) at the top. It is expected to hammer for $2,000-$5,000.
The St. Drake 1860 Plantation X bitters, patented 1862 on the reverse and with an applied top, is colored a beautiful medium green, leaning toward citron. Except for a half-inch-long annealing check in a corner log about halfway up the left side, it is nearly perfect, graded at 9.7. This bottle could easily end up being the top lot of the sale. It’s expected to hit $5,000-$10,000.
From sodas and waters, two bottles stand out. One is a Pacific Congress Water Springs (Saratoga, Calif.) western mineral water bottle, pastel green, in super shape, graded 9.7 (est. $2,000-$3,000). The other is a circa 1851-1863 M. R. Sacramento/Union Glassworks (Phila., Pa.) soda, the variant where “Sacramento” is spelled correctly, blue in color (est. $500-$1,500).
One other noteworthy soda bottle is from Empire Soda Works (San Francisco, circa 1861-1871). It has a bit of a haze and a few scratches, but because of its beautiful green color it’s been given a pre-sale estimate of $400-$700. Also, a beautiful example of a Wister’s Club House bottle, colored a golden yellowish green and graded well at 9.6+, should garner $2,000-$3,000.
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