Nearly 200 rare and collectible antique bottles and advertising items will be sold online July 11-20 Nearly 200 lots – many of them rare and highly collectible bottles, plus advertising items and other spirits and poisons – will all come up for bid at American Bottle Auctions, July 11 through 20.
News-Antique.com - Jun 13,2014 - SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Nearly 200 lots – many of them rare and highly collectible bottles, to include sodas, bitters, back bars, medicines, whiskey fifths and flasks, plus advertising items and other spirits and poisons – will all come up for bid in American Bottle Auctions’ next big online and catalog sale (Auction #60) that will begin July 11th and end July 20th at americanbottle.com.
“We have many highlights and these include some rare colored historical flasks, in particular a series of Washington/Taylor quarts exhibiting incredible colors and other beautiful examples,” said Jeff Wichmann of American Bottle Auctions. “We also have the Weimer collection of over 35 rare and desirable bitters bottles, plus a great selection of equally scarce advertising pieces.”
Wichmann added, “We have over 35 western whiskey fifths and another 20 western whiskey flasks. These, too, are quite hard to find and will be very appealing to collectors. The cathedral pickles in this auction are probably the finest collection we’ve had in years, with some terrific true colored pickles and pepper sauces. We also have some items never before seen at auction.”
A strong candidate for top lot promises to be a Durham Whiskey (E. Chielovich & Co.) western fifth with embossed steer, one of only six known. Made circa 1876-1882, it should hammer for $5,000-$10,000. A star lot of the advertising category is a Hall, Luhrs & Co. pressed metal sign for “Our Taste” hams, with pig graphic, very colorful and rare, circa 1905 (est. $1,000-$3,000).
A great GI-42 cobalt blue George Washington /Zachary Taylor quart bottle (“The Father of His Country / A Little More Grape, Captain Bragg”) is quite possibly the best example in existence (est. $5,000-$10,000). And a GI-51 Washington/Taylor flask quart, boasting a ton of bubbles and crudity, is the finest of its type to come up at auction in quite some time (est. $4,000-$8,000).
The R. H. Weimer collection of bitters bottles was assembled over a 30-year period and includes a Multon’s Oltoroso bitters with embossed pineapple, a Dr. P. Fleschhut’s Celebrated Stomach Bitters (La’Por’te, Pa.), a Philadelphia Hop bitters, The Fish bitters (W.H. Ware, patented 1863), The Great Tonic Caldwell’s Herb Bitters and an Old Hickory Celebrated Stomach bitters bottle.
Two bitters carry identical estimates of $2,000-$3,000. One is a J.F.L. Capital bitters on the base of a Pineapple bitters. The other is a Rosenbaums bitters (N.M.B. Jacobs & Co., San Francico), one of the more popular western squares, 9 ½ inches tall with an applied top and smooth base. The bottle has two tiny distractions, but would still be a terrific addition to any bitters collection.
Advertising lots will feature a pair of Buffalo Brewing Company (Sacramento, Calif.) pieces to include a 20 inch by 14 inch corner sign in sky and navy blue, made from iron and enamel and paint and graded 7 (est. $1,000-$2,000); and a 24 inch diameter charger for Bohemian (“That’s Delicious”) Beer, showing a graphic of a pretty girl and made around 1910 (est. $500-$1,000).