Bottle Blog FOHBC auction

This 75-lot “hidden” auction closes August 7, 2008. Top bids from this online bidding process will go up against the live auction called by Norm Heckler at the FOHBC International Show in York, PA August 8-10

Delmarva Glass and Bottle auction – April 28th.

Closes Monday April 28th, 2008 at 11:00 PM EDT

Great bottles and glass: black glass, Pittsburgh pieces, New England glass and more.

Heckler auction – March 12, 2008

Absentee Auction 85 – Closed March 12, 2008

Lots of great historical flasks, glass and other quality wares.

Naval Deck Sweeper and Naval Boarding Weapon

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.

Sarsaparilla bottles

If you are a collector of sarsaparilla bottles, do take a look at the Glassworks Summer Cleanup auction. They have dozens of examples in this auction. Otherwise it is a lot of common or damaged items but likely something for everyone. The auction closes July 31st.

Phoenix Bitters

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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.

Essential Ebay links

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. bet you didn’ t know it was that easy to get to this essential location!

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Masury's Sarsaparilla Cathartic

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

HP Herb Bitters – Awesome Color

A recent ebay auction could not help but get my attention. The bottle in question was a H.P. Herb Wild Cherry Bitters bottle in an incredible yellow green coloration. Absolutely a top example – it closed at $4259.00, fairly priced in today’s market.

Big bottle winners on ebay

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.