Just under 100 exceptional and rare bottles will be offered in Heckler's Auction #108, March 17-26 Heckler’s absentee Auction 108 will offer 96 exceptional glass items in a compact but potent sale, beginning March 17th and ending March 26th (at 10 p.m EST). The auction is at hecklerauction.com.
News-Antique.com - Feb 10,2014 - (WOODSTOCK, Conn.) – Heckler’s absentee Auction 108 will offer 96 exceptional glass items in a compact but potent sale, beginning March 17th and ending March 26th (at 10 p.m EST). A full color catalog will be available online soon, at www.hecklerauction.com.
“This won’t be our biggest sale ever, but I’m extremely pleased with the quality and rarity of the bottles and glass being offered.” said Norman Heckler. “This auction includes exceptional pieces in a surprising number of bottle collecting categories including early glass, historical flasks, colored medicines, whimsey hats, bitters, inks, black glass and more.”
A number of the more remarkable pieces will be coming from the Clarissa Vanderbilt Dundon collection of historical flasks. Mrs. Dundon is the daughter of pioneer collector Merritt Vanderbilt. This vast collection has been admired and sought after by many great collectors over the years.
Perhaps the most noteworthy piece from the Vanderbilt Dundon collection is a Sunburst Snuff Jar manufactured by Keene Marlboro Street Glassworks (Keene, N.H.), circa 1815-1830. The deep yellowish green bottle, incredibly rare and in virtually perfect condition, has a pre-sale estimate of $20,000-$40,000.
Three flasks carry identical pre-sale estimates of $15,000-$30,000. The first is a very early, rare and unusually colored Concentric Ring Eagle historical flask, made circa 1818-1830 by New England Glass Company. This brilliant yellow green flask is accompanied by profuse correspondence dating to the 1950s from George and Betty McKearin, as well as J.E. Nevil, concerning the proposed purchase of the flask (though they were not successful).
The second flask is a Washington Bust and Frigate portrait flask (circa 1847-1850) in a brilliant yellowish olive, manufactured by Albany Glass Works. The third, a light yellow olive Eagle-Cornucopia half-pint historical flask, is an early rarity from the Pitkin Glass Works (Manchester, Conn.), made circa 1815-1830.
Another important half-pint flask is a Lafayette –DeWitt Clinton portrait flask, from Coventry (Conn.) Glass Works, circa 1825. This flask is rare because it has two rings at the bottom rather than three, and it is estimated at $2,500-$5,000.
Rounding out the flasks category are two examples, both expected to realize $4,000-$8,000. The Double Eagle historical pint flask, made around 1850-1855, possibly by Kentucky Glass Works (Louisville, Ky.), is a beautiful and popular brilliant sapphire blue. The second is a sea green concentric ring eagle historical quart flask, made circa 1820-1830, probably by New England Glass Co.
Of the eight hat whimsies in the auction, two are particularly noteworthy. One is an octagonal hat formed from a utility mold glass bottle, made in America circa 1840-1860, bright golden amber in color (est. $1,000-$2,000). The second, an example from the Dr. Paul S. Andreson collection of hat whimsies, is a bright light green pattern molded glass hat whimsey with 16 ribs swirled to the right, probably made in Midwest America circa 1820-1840 (est. $500-$1,000).
There will be 13 early medicines in the auction. A “Rushton & / Aspinwall / New-York” - “Compound / Chlorine / Toothwash” medicine bottle, circa 1840-1860, probably made by either