Early examples of tableware and freeblown glass both perform well at Heckler's Premier Auction 146 A pattern molded covered sugar bowl and an early pattern molded pocket bottle, both made by Stiegel’s American Flint Glass Manufactory in Manheim, Pa., circa 1763-1774, were top lots at the auction.
News-Antique.com - Apr 03,2017 - WOODSTOCK, Conn. – A pattern molded covered sugar bowl and an early pattern molded pocket bottle, both manufactured by Stiegel’s American Flint Glass Manufactory in Manheim, Pennsylvania sometime between 1763 and 1774, combined to sell for nearly $20,000 in an online-only auction (Premier Auction 146) held March 6-15 by Norman C. Heckler & Company.
The brilliant cobalt blue sugar bowl featured a 16-diamond pattern and a cylindrical bowl flared to the rim, with matching cover having an applied swirled rib finial. The glass quality and clarity were superb, with a strong mold impression. The light-to-medium lavender pocket bottle was a masterpiece of early American glassware, with its plump form and ogival pattern above flutes.
The sugar bowl was the auction’s top lot, selling for $10,530. “Which is significant, since sugar bowls and other tableware got regular use and weren’t put up on a shelf, like a bottle or a flask,” said company owner Norman Heckler. “That they survive intact for so many years is remarkable in itself, but to be presented in like-new condition, like this sugar bowl was, is simply amazing.”
Mr. Heckler added, “Maybe it’s finally time tableware will get the respect it deserves, and not take a back seat to bottles and flasks. We had many fine examples in the auction, including salt bowls, utility jars and creamers. Most did very well. We also saw high prices paid for the better examples of blown glass, the ones that were very important. Overall, the sale went quite well.”
The auction was an eclectic mix of merchandise, one that included early glass, bottles, flasks, paperweights, bitters, soda and mineral water bottles, freeblown and pressed glass, whiskeys, medicines, pattern molded glass, utilities and inkwells. Headlining the auction was the lifetime collection of Ed and Sherry Losacano.
The early pattern molded pocket bottle sold for $9,360, but it wasn’t the only such flask in the auction. Another one, maker unknown but probably manufactured in the Midwestern United States between 1820 and 1830, bluish aquamarine in color, sold for a very reasonable $1,755. The 5-inch-tall flask, ribbed and swirled to the right, with 16 ribs, boasted truly brilliant glass.
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.
The runner-up top lot was a “Freiot’s Renovator” medicine bottle, probably made by Albany Glass Works (N.Y.), circa 1847-1850. The rare, oval form, forest green bottle was only recently discovered during a house renovation in New York. It sold for $9,945. Another rarity, a “Haddock & Sons” soda water bottle, made in America circa 1820-1840, in a brilliant olive yellow and showing a plump torpedo form, possibly the finest example known, realized $4,095.
An “Old English” spaced millefiori paperweight, most likely made in England between 1920 and 1930, cylindrical in form with a flat base and having multicolor decorations on smoke green and colorless ground, fetched $8,775; while a pattern molded master salt bowl with 17 ribs slightly swirled to the left, probably made by Mantua (Ohio)