Lighthouse bitters bottles shine bright in Glass Works Auctions' online-only auction ending July 22
A Seaworth Bitters Company (N.J.) bottle, made circa 1880-1890 in a unique form, almost identical to the Cape May Lighthouse in New Jersey, aqua colored and in perfect condition, sold for $25,740 in Glass Works Auctions' online-only auction.
By: Glass Works Auctions
Both of the Seaworth Bitters were won by a collector who specialized in Southern New Jersey bottles. They were just two of the highlights in a 246-lot auction that had a near-perfect sell-through, with only three of the bottles failing to sell. Overall, the auction grossed a little more than $350,000, with buyer's premium. All bidding was handled thru www.glswrk-auction.com.
The aqua Seaworth Bitters bottle stood 11 ¼ inches tall and boasted a smooth base and tooled lip. It came from the Sidney Genius collection and is possibly the only known example in perfect condition. The smaller amber bottle, from the same collection, was just 6 ½ inches tall. The Cape May Lighthouse was built in 1859 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is still in use today.
As impressive as the taller bottle was, it was not the top lot of the auction. That honor went to a Fish Bitters bottle ("W.H. Ware / Patented 1866"), which finished at $32,760. The bottle, made in Pennsylvania circa 1866-1875, was light to medium lime green and stood just over 11 ½ inches tall. Only a few are known to exist in this pure green color, and it has no auction record.
Glass Works Auctions maintains a gallery and offices in East Greenville, Pa. The firm is always accepting quality bottles and related items for future sales. To inquire about consigning a single piece or an entire collection, you may call them at 215-679-5849;
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