Sunburst Snuff Jar made between 1815 and 1830 realizes $57,330 at Heckler's absentee auction #108 A Sunburst Snuff Jar made between 1815 and 1830 at the Keene Marlboro Street Glassworks (Keene, N.H.) – extremely rare and in virtually perfect condition – sold for $57,330 at Heckler's auction #108.
News-Antique.com - Apr 02,2014 - WOODSTOCK, Conn. – A Sunburst Snuff Jar made between 1815 and 1830 at the Keene Marlboro Street Glassworks (Keene, N.H.) – extremely rare and in virtually perfect condition – sold for $57,330 at Norman C. Heckler & Company’s Auction 108, a tidy online-only affair that saw just under 100 bottles come up for bid, but they were strong examples in a wide variety of categories.
“This was not our biggest sale ever, that’s for sure, but what we offered were great bottles and a broad range of bottle types,” said Norman Heckler. “We had early glass, historical flasks, colored medicines, whimsey hats, bitters, inks, black glass and more. The quality of the bottles, combined with enthusiastic bidders, made for a highly successful auction.”
The auction went online March 17th and concluded March 26th. The vast majority of bids poured into the company’s website (www.hecklerauction.com), although telephone bids were also taken. The sale attracted more than 1,200 registered online bidders and 37,000 online views. By the time it was over the auction had grossed $465,000. The average per lot price was $4,835.
The Sunburst Snuff Jar was the top lot of the auction. Bidders were drawn to its rarity, deep yellowish green color, and condition. The bottle had come from the collection of Clarissa Vanderbilt Dundon, the daughter of pioneer collector Merritt Vanderbilt. The collection of mostly historical flasks has long been admired and sought after. Other important collections were also in the sale.
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.
Historical flasks and medicines did particularly well. In the former category, a light yellow olive eagle cornucopia half-pint flask, made circa 1815-1830 at the Pitkin Glass Works (Manchester, Conn.), fetched $39,780; and a brilliant yellow-green concentric ring eagle flask made circa 1818-1830 at the New England Glass Company (Cambridge, Mass.) hammered for $31,590.
Two other historical flasks posted identical selling prices of $22,230. One was a double eagle pint flask in a bright sapphire blue and made circa 1850-1855, possibly at the Kentucky Glass Works (Louisville, Ky.). The other was an early Pittsburgh (Pa.) district medium bluish aquamarine “Hard Cider” log cabin historical pint flask made sometime between 1820-1840.
Tops among the medicine bottles was an extremely rare rectangular yellow-amber bottle with beveled corners, made circa 1840-1860 for “Rushton & / Aspinwall / New-York - Compound / Chlorine / Toothwash”, probably manufactured at a Stoddard or Keene (both N.H.) glasshouse ($23,400). The runner-up spot went to a “Howard’s / Vegetable / Cancer And / Canker Syrup” medicine bottle, made circa 1846-1860 at a Stoddard glasshouse, rectangular in shape and bright golden amber ($15,210).
An “A. Mosher” oval form rich blue-green sarsaparilla medicine bottle, (probably made in the Albany, N.Y., area), circa 1845-1860 and having great whittle to the glass, brought $5,558; and an “I. Newton’s / Panacea / Purifier / of the Blood” (Norwich, Vt.) cylindrical yellow-amber medicine bottle, probably made at a Stoddard glasshouse, circa 1846-1860, commanded $4,388.