Rare Masonic historical flask, made circa 1820-1830, brings $56,160 at Heckler's Premier Auction 133 A rare Masonic historical flask showing the iconic crossed keys and star soared to $56,160 at Norman C. Heckler & Company's Premier Auction #133, which went online March 7th and ended March 16th.
News-Antique.com - Apr 04,2016 - WOODSTOCK, Conn. – A very rare Masonic historical flask showing the iconic crossed keys and star soared to $56,160 and an equally scarce “Firecracker” pint historical flask with a bust of George Washington, one of a few known, went for $49,140 at Premier Auction #133, an internet auction held by Norman C. Heckler & Company. The sale began March 7 and ended March 16.
In a numerical anomaly, exactly 133 antique bottles came up for bid in Auction #133, and by the time it was all over the sale had grossed more than $500,000. Lots were varied, to include historical flasks, inks, bitters, early wine bottles, utilities, medicines, blown glass, sodas, mineral water bottles and even a few poisons. Most sold within range and many sold above the estimates.
“This was one of our premier sales, where we try to have a little something for everybody, from the novice to the seasoned collector, and I believe we achieved that goal,” said Norman Heckler of Norman C. Heckler & Company. “We always strive to offer bottles that are significant to the categories they represent. In this sale, historical flasks led the way, generating the most interest.”
The Masonic flask that sold for $56,160 was the top lot of the auction. It was produced circa 1820-1830, probably by Coventry Glass Works (Coventry, Conn.). It had a light to medium olive yellow color, with a sheared mouth and pontil scar. Some light exterior wear on the compass and square didn't deter bidders a bit. They were attracted to the bottle's rarity and excellent condition.
The historical “Firecracker” flask with a bust of Washington on the front and “E Pluribus Unum / T.W.D.” on the back was made circa 1820-1830 by Kensington Glass Works (Philadelphia, Pa.) to commemorate the deaths of founding fathers John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who both died on the same day: July 4, 1826 (as noted on the flask). The bottle, which sold for $49,140, had a medium amber color with a strong olive tone, an extremely rare color for this flask mold.
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.
A deep fiery plum amethyst pint historical flask embossed with cannon image, and with “Genl. (Zachary) Taylor Never Surrenders - A Little More Grape, Capt. Bragg,” made circa 1830-1850, probably by Baltimore Glass Works (Baltimore, Md.), realized $22,230; and a very scarce early George Washington bust flask, one of only a few known, made circa 1820-1840 by Frederick Lorenz, Mfgr. (Pittsburgh, Pa.), in a greenish aquamarine color, knocked down for $22,230.
Keeping in the category, a brilliant sapphire blue historical flask showing a portrait of George Washington and a sailing frigate, made circa 1848-1850 by Albany Glass Works (Albany, N.Y.) and exceptional in all aspects, was purchased for $18,720. Also, a George Washington-Zachary Taylor quart portrait flask in a rich cobalt blue color, made circa 1840-1860 by Dyottville Glass Works (Philadelphia, Pa.), with beautiful bright coloring and in fine condition, brought