ABCR Auctions has a big spring offering of bottles which closes on April 28th.
Auction 8 contains 445 lots with a few items of interest to US collectors, some of which are:
Lots 218 to 220: Three fine pickle bottles from the mid 1800s, these highly elaborate pieces are part of a small collection of “goldfields” bottles that have been consigned to us, including some great cobalt pieces, some vinegars and salad oils.
Lot 349: Amber glass Australian made target ball. This target ball with cross hatched design is very rare. It is an Australian found target ball, possibly made by the Melbourne Glassworks, although unmarked.
Lots 368 to 369: A pair of superb and rare Bears Grease pot lids, one of which depicts a Cupid! We also have a range of other pot lids, including the colourful Williams Swiss Violet Shaving Cream from the US.
Lot 384: Fully labelled milk glass Hartwig bitters from Kantorowicz, the bottle itself is common, but with the near complete original label in place, this is a stunning piece.
Lot 385: John Moffat Phoenix Bitters with open pontil. Lovely early piece from New York, these are quite nice with the open pontil.
Lot 386: Cobalt barrel bitters! Unmarked except for the embossed hoops, this early piece is shaped very similarly to the embossed American bitters. It has a different lip formation, and a ground glass stopper. We are guessing that it contained bitters, it may have contained any number of liquids. Importantly, however, it is a beautiful piece of glass which is very rare.
Lot 387: St Drakes Hop Bitters in amber, the four log variation. Not rare, but this is in superb condition.
Lot 442: Stunning little English mallet from the 1700s. This is a very small piece, a wonderful piece of history.
Lot 445: Another English mallet, more the standard size here, but in great condition, complete with a seal bearing the initials TB.
Of course, there are many more lots in the online auction, to view the catalogue, please go to http://www.rtam.com/abcr/cgi-bin/CATALL.CGI
Bidding will go live on April 18th, 8 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time and will continue until Saturday, April 28th at 8 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time.