Closes Monday April 28th, 2008 at 11:00 PM EDT
Great bottles and glass: black glass, Pittsburgh pieces, New England glass and more.
Absentee Auction 85 – Closed March 12, 2008
Lots of great historical flasks, glass and other quality wares.
A good story can always sell an object.
Several bottles appeared on ebay this week described as 18th century “Naval Deck Sweepers” and “Naval Boarding Weapons.” What a lovely and charming story filled with illusions of military battles, gunsmoke, sea journeys and explosives. Most bottle collectors would instantly recognize the freeblown form as what we collectively and quaintly call “Persian Saddle Flasks” or “Mexican tourist trade glass.” No matter what euphemism by which you choose to call them, it is commonly accepted knowledge that such freeblown pieces with exaggerated crudeness in manufacture and intentional ‘coarse’ glass containing significant bubbles and impurities are the work of 20th century glass manufacturers. Such glass has been around for decades, and may have been blown in Mexico, South America, Europe or the mid-East.
While it is not uncommon to find such bottles at any bottle show in the range of $35, it is quite shocking to see that numerous bidders have signed on to the battle and run up the bidding in excess of $500.
P.T. Barnum would not be the least bit surprised.
Here is another page showing photographs of the Naval deck Sweeper bottles in question.
There are a nice mint pair of Phoenix Bitters on ebay this week: one in olive green and one in olive amber. It is curious that both examples of this relatively scarce American bottle currently reside in New Zealand. They are listed as auctions 102251042235 and 102251043301. The olive amber example closed at $1026.51; the olive green at $861.51. These prices are somewhat lower than these bottles have commanded in the past few years.
ebay has gotten so large that it can often be difficult to find what you need when you need it! Here is our short list of essential commonly-used links. Are we missing any? Let us know.
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Masury’s Sarsaparilla Cathartic with an iron pontil in a deep blue color…impressive! Ever seen one before? On ebay at auction # 6287151045. The bidding held around $13,000 to within a few hours of closing and the usual last minute bids drove the price up to $17,455, somewhat less than we thought it would bring.
Another recent big winner was a olive green sealed snuff jar with seal marked Gordon & Emmott London with flared lip. Just 17 bids brought the hammer price to $5,617.99
Topping recent auctions by a long shot was the rare Mississippi bottle which is a figural of a stump and grape leaves and was supposedly fresh to the market from an old collection. Known as the Imperial Levee bottle (it is embossed Imperial Levee / J Noyes / Hollywood, Miss.), it is rare especially in blue. One recently sold at a Glassworks auction for around 13 grand and this one cruised by to top out at $18,800.
Other big winners included an 18th century octagonal black glass bottle with applied seal marked simply with the initials “EC” also described as recently found by a diver in a river bottom in Guyana. It brought $8,992.
Another impressive sale was the pure amber New Jersey chestnut type bottle which brought $2,001.
Light puce Drake’s Plantation Bitters $2845.
Benders Bitters rare cabin $4100.
Deep cobalt umbrella ink, mint! $2105
Gibbs Bone Liniment pontiled medicine, don’t see many of these anymore…$2102
Poole’s American Insect Powder, aqua pontiled poison bottle got 39 bids! Closed at $538