It’s Auction #106 and Norman C. Heckler & Company is billing it as “a premier absentee auction of early glass, bottles, flasks and more.” Company president Norman C. Heckler called the selection of bottles “unbelievable,”
Mr. Heckler said, “We are pleased to be presenting a diverse group of exciting objects from several important collections. It took two years to put this auction together, and we anticipate a knockout event.” A full posting of all the lots will be up soon at www.hecklerauction.com. Color catalogs will be available soon, too.
Two lots expected to attract keen bidder interest are a Cornucopia-Pinwheel American figured flask, half pint, made circa 1820-1840, probably in the Midwest, and unique in its deep blood red color (est. $25,000-$50,000);
From the American blown tableware category is a rare freeblown pitcher, probably made by the Willington (Conn.) Glass Works 1815-1850, having a large bulbous body with applied glass handle, 6 5/8 inches tall (est. $10,000-$20,000);
The only fruit jar in the auction is a cylindrical, deep cobalt blue example (the only known one in this color), embossed “Patented Oct. 19, 1858” (on the lid top), made in America sometime between 1858 and 1880 (est. $5,000-$10,000)
Bottles in a variety of forms will be offered. These will feature a “Welden Spring, St. Albans, Vt.” - “Alterative / Chalybeate” quart mineral water bottle, made circa 1860-1880 in a deep reddish amber color, cylindrical in shape (est. $4,000-$8,000);
Premier cologne bottles from the Ralph Finch Collection will include a brilliant yellow green paneled bottle, probably made by Boston & Sandwich (Mass.) Glass Works, circa 1840-1860, in tall tapered 12-sided form (est. $800-$1,600);
A pair of American historical flasks bound to command attention are a Sheaf Of Grain historical quart calabash flask made circa 1845-1860 by Baltimore Glass Works, in a rare cobalt blue (est. $10,000-$20,000);
Early American figured flasks will feature an Eagle-Cornucopia flask, probably from the early Pittsburgh (Pa.) district, made circa1820-1840, in an outstanding medium sapphire blue color (est. $8,000-$16,000);
A pair of hat whimsies bound to get attention are a blown three mold glass hat whimsey made circa 1820-1840 by the Keene (N.H.) Marlboro Street Glassworks, cylindrical form, medium yellow olive in color (est. $5,000-$10,000);
Collectors of rare American medicine bottles will be delighted by a “Pike & Osgood / Boston, Mass.” - “Alterative Syrup” medicine bottle, manufactured by a Stoddard glasshouse (N.H.), circa 1840-1860, olive amber (est. $6,000-$12,000);
Last, but certainly not least, a sampling of two half-pint flasks from the Carl Sturm collection: a “Not For Joe” pictorial flask with a girl on a bicycle, made in America circa 1860-1870 and the only known example in this size, amber (est. $3,000-$6,000);
Previews will be held from Oct. 15-Nov. 12 at Norman C. Heckler & Company’s gallery facility, located at 79 Bradford Corner Road in Woodstock Valley, Conn. There, bidders will be able to inspect the bottles being offered, during regular business hours of 9-4, Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, please call (860) 974-1634.
Norman C. Heckler & Company was founded in 1987 as a full-service auction and appraisal firm. Today it is the foremost auction house in the U.S. for antique glass. In Oct. 2010, the firm set a record for an antique glass bottle at auction when a General Jackson eagle portrait flask went for $176,670. In addition to glass, the firm also offers early American antique items.
Norman C. Heckler & Company is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To inquire about consigning a single piece or an entire collection, you may call them at (860) 974-1634; or, you can e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the upcoming Auction #106 slated for Nov. 4th-13th, please visit www.hecklerauction.com.