“We have many highlights and these include some rare colored historical flasks, in particular a series of Washington/Taylor quarts exhibiting incredible colors and other beautiful examples,” said Jeff Wichmann of American Bottle Auctions. “We also have the Weimer collection of over 35 rare and desirable bitters bottles, plus a great selection of equally scarce advertising pieces.”
Wichmann added, “We have over 35 western whiskey fifths and another 20 western whiskey flasks. These, too, are quite hard to find and will be very appealing to collectors. The cathedral pickles in this auction are probably the finest collection we’ve had in years, with some terrific true colored pickles and pepper sauces. We also have some items never before seen at auction.”
A strong candidate for top lot promises to be a Durham Whiskey (E. Chielovich & Co.) western fifth with embossed steer, one of only six known. Made circa 1876-1882, it should hammer for $5,000-$10,000. A star lot of the advertising category is a Hall, Luhrs & Co. pressed metal sign for “Our Taste” hams, with pig graphic, very colorful and rare, circa 1905 (est. $1,000-$3,000)
A great GI-42 cobalt blue George Washington /Zachary Taylor quart bottle (“The Father of His Country / A Little More Grape, Captain Bragg”) is quite possibly the best example in existence (est. $5,000-$10,000)
The R. H. Weimer collection of bitters bottles was assembled over a 30-year period and includes a Multon’s Oltoroso bitters with embossed pineapple, a Dr. P. Fleschhut’s Celebrated Stomach Bitters (La’Por’te, Pa.), a Philadelphia Hop bitters, The Fish bitters (W.H. Ware, patented 1863), The Great Tonic Caldwell’s Herb Bitters and an Old Hickory Celebrated Stomach bitters bottle.
Two bitters carry identical estimates of $2,000-$3,000. One is a J.F.L. Capital bitters on the base of a Pineapple bitters. The other is a Rosenbaums bitters (N.M.B. Jacobs & Co., San Francico), one of the more popular western squares, 9 ½ inches tall with an applied top and smooth base. The bottle has two tiny distractions, but would still be a terrific addition to any bitters collection.
Advertising lots will feature a pair of Buffalo Brewing Company (Sacramento, Calif.) pieces to include a 20 inch by 14 inch corner sign in sky and navy blue, made from iron and enamel and paint and graded 7 (est. $1,000-$2,000);
Other noteworthy advertising pieces include a Wunder Beer (San Francisco) charger, 18 inches in diameter, probably iron with enamel and paint and showing a visually appealing and colorful scene of wheat and hops (est. $2,000-$4,000);
Cathedral pickles will include a beautiful green example with applied top and crosshatching, loads of bubbles and an overlay, quite large at 14 inches tall and graded well at 9.2 (est. $500-$800); and another example with applied top and smooth base, 13 ½ inches in height and showing a “true” shade of blue green, graded all-around nearly perfect at 9.6 (est. $400-$600).
Staying in the category, a cathedral pickle with applied top and crosshatching, 13 ¼ inches tall and loaded with crudity to go with its scarce medium blue color and outstanding 9.8 grade, should bring $800-$1,500;
The western fifths, always a huge hit with collectors, will feature a Jockey Club Whiskey (G.W. Chesley & Co., San Francisco) early sixth, made circa 1873-1878 in a desirable greenish amber color, graded 9.6 (est. $3,000-$6,000);
Other western fifths expected to attract attention include a J. Moore Old Bourbon (E. Chielovich & Co., Sole Agents) early fifth (Thomas 90, mid-1870s), colored medium to deep old amber and graded 9.4 (est. $800-$1,500);
Last (but certainly not least with collectors) are the western flasks. A few standout lots include a C. Newman’s (Baker Bros. & Co., patented Oct. 17, 1876 on the base) half-pint, graded 8.5 (est. $300-$500); a J.H. Cutter Old Bourbon (A. P. Hotaling & Co., Portland, Ore.) pint, loaded with whittle and crudity, graded 9.6 (est. $500-$1,00); and a Goudie & McKelvey (Peppertree Saloon Agt’s for Louis Hunter Rye, San Pedro, Calif.) tooled top shoo-fly pint, 9.8 (est. $1,000-$2,000)
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