Rare bitters and Midwestern bottles fetch high prices in Glass Works Auctions' online-only auction
The online-only auction was headlined by two outstanding collections: the Paul and Mary Ballentine bitters bottle collection and the Don Spangler Midwestern bottles and glass collection. Of the 275 total lots in the auction, 140 changed hands.
By: Glass Works Auctions
The online-only auction was headlined by two outstanding collections:
"The Ballentines were pioneer collectors from Ohio who started collecting in the early 1960s," said Jim Hagenbuch, the owner of Glass Works Auctions. "Paul passed away, but Mary retained the collection until her recent passing. Don Spangler is probably the last of the early collectors of early Ohio glass. At age 90 he reluctantly decided it was time to pass it on to other collectors."
The American Life Bitters bottle (P.E. Iler, Mfg., Tiffin, Ohio) was from the Ballentine collection and was the top achiever of the auction. The 9 ¼ inch tall bottle (Ring/Ham, A-49) had a light to medium yellow color with an olive tone cabin, and featured a smooth base and applied tapered mouth. "This bottle was about perfect, save for a tiny spot of roughness on the tip of a lower log," Hagenbuch said. "It's rare in amber, but only a few exist in this yellow coloration."
The Constitution Bitters bottle (Seward & Bentley, Buffalo, N.Y.), also from the Ballentine collection, was medium pink amethyst in color and was in perfect condition. The bottle (Ring/Ham, C-223), 9 ¼ inches tall, featured a smooth base and applied tapered collar mouth.
Glass Works Auctions maintains offices in East Greenville, Pa., and a gallery in nearby Pennsburg. The firm is always accepting quality bottles for future sales. To inquire about consigning a single piece or an entire collection, you may call them at 215-679-5849;