2014 Bottle Auctions Demonstrate Excitement for Bottle Collecting
There have been a number of recent bottle auctions in 2014 that demonstrate how the hobby of bottle collecting continues to generate excitement for all bottle collecting enthusiasts.
Collectors were reminded just how valuable Perfume Bottles can be during the Perfume Bottle Auction on May 2, 2014 held by Ken Leach with 301 lots of vintage perfume bottles during the International Perfume Bottle Assoc.(IBPA) 26th Annual Convention on May 1-4 2014. Among some of the highlights of the 301 lots was an extremely rare 1922 Rosine Bottle “Antinea” that sold for $18,000, a 1919 Rosine “Aladin” Bottle in the original box that sold for $3,900, and an Egyptian 1920’s Blue Crystal bottle that sold for $12,000. But, the bottle that was the show stealer was an Egyptian style Baccarat Bottle “Toute I’ Egypt” for Monne that sold for an whopping $38,400. If you want to get in on the action, consignments are now being accepted for the 2015 Perfume Bottles Auction. Contact Ken Leach for information at 800-942-0550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The excitement continued when Glass Works Auctions joined in on the fun with their “Festival of Color” auction offering 367 Lots of bottles ranging in categories from Bitters, Medicines, Sodas, Beers, and Historical Flasks to name a few on June 16th,2014. Among the highlights of this auction was a bright Yellow Green “Vidvard & Sheehan” Handled Whiskey with a hand crimped pour spout, circa 1860-1870, that sold for $7,500, a scarce Emerald Green, circa 1865-1875, “Union Spring Saratoga N.Y” Mineral Springs bottle that sold for $6,000, a scarce rich Yellow Olive “Eagle-Eagle” Louisville Glass Works Flask, circa 1835-1845, that sold for $8,500, and a Emerald Green Semi-Cabin shape “William Allen’s Congress Bitters”, circa 1865-1875, for $3.500. Consignments are now being accepted for the 2014 Fall Auction. Contact Jim Hangenbuch for information at 609-483-2683 or email@example.com.
McMurray Antiques & Auctions kept the action going with an auction on June 28th consisting of 190 lots of unique Patent Medicines, Drugstore, Apothecary, and Advertising items. One of the most unique items sold was a11” Tall high quality Porcelain “Leeches” Jar, circa 1886, that sold for $6,500, and a rare “Alvis Brazillian Specific Co. Pat’d June 10, 1890” Bottle, embossed with “The Cactus Blood Cure”, including the complete box, for $1,600. Consignments are now being accepted for the next auction. Contact Terry McMurray at 607-775-5972 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not to be outdone, Norman C. Heckler & Company Auctions conducted a live public auction on July 18th 2014 that offered 76 lots of top quality bottles. The star of this auction, and the bottle that attracted all of the bidders, was a rare deep Yellow Green Sunburst Snuff Jar, circa 1815-1830, and made at the Keene Mariboro Street Glassworks in Keene, N.H. The bottle has been seldom seen and in a virtually perfect condition, it sold for an astonishing $57,330. In addition, a light Yellow and Olive Eagle Cornucopia Half-Pint Flask, circa 1815-1830, sold for $39,780, and a brilliant Yellow-Green concentric ring Eagle Flask, circa 1818-1830, sold for $31,590. Consignments are now being accepted for the annual fall auction. Contact Norman C.Heckler & Co. at 860-974-1634 or email@example.com.
American Bottle Auctions just concluded a very successful auction on July 20th, 2014 with 186 lots of quality bottles including 35 Western Whiskey Fifths and another 20 Western Whiskey Flasks being offered for sale. There were a number of highlights from this auction including a golden Amber and heavily whittled “Washington/Taylor” Quart Flask that sold for $4,800, a rare light Amber “The Jockey Club Whiskey G.W. Chesley & Co. S.F.” Western Whiskey, circa 1873-1878, that sold for $4,600, and a bright Sapphire Blue “Double Eagle” Pint Flask that sold for $4,400. Consignments are now being accepted for the next auction. Contact American Bottle Auctions at 800-806-7722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As everyone can see, Bottle auctions continue to attract large numbers of collectors with record sales and a continued enthusiasm for the fun Hobby of Bottle Collecting.