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Rare antique bottles retrieved from the S.S. Central America will be auctioned Dec. 3 in Reno, Nev
Included will be beer bottles, decanters, wine bottles, perfumes, pot lids, stoneware bottles and cruets. The auction will be held online and live at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, with a start time of 10 am Pacific.
By: Holabird Western Americana Collections
The auction will be held online on several platforms as well as live at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno. Collectors have been eagerly awaiting the Gold Rush-era items to come on the market since the S.S. Central America was first spotted on the ocean floor in 1988. At the time, Life magazine proclaimed it America's greatest treasure ever found, and rightly so.
The antique bottles are just one of the categories of the more than 500 lots on offer in the Part 1 auction (Part 2 will be held in late February 2023; time and date to be announced). The antique bottles will be roughly split between the December and February auctions.
Lots 1053-1056 are dark green to black beer bottles ranging from 8 to 9 ½ inches tall. While none of the bottles are embossed or have labels, original seafloor dirt still adorns the exteriors, and possible dregs of 19th century beer coat the interiors. One bottle exterior is swirled with iron oxide coating; another has a frosted appearance that accentuates the molding swirls.
Lot 1057 is a brown stoneware bottle, 7 inches tall and nearly 3 inches in diameter, the side embossed, "Vitreous Stone Bottles / Warrented Not to Absorb / J. Bourne & Son / Patentees / Denby & Condor Park Pottery / Near Derby". This pottery works has existed since 1812, and it was under the leadership of J. Bourne, his sons, their descendants and other relatives until 1942.
Holabird Western Americana Collections has prepared an extensive, limited edition 280-page catalog with dozens of previously unpublished illustrations of the S.S. Central America recovery operations, some reproduced in 3-D as shot during the discovery missions with a remote-controlled submersible nicknamed "Nemo." Copies of the catalog are available while supplies last for $100 each with the price refundable with any purchase from the auction. Auction lots can also be viewed online.
For additional information, visit www.HolabirdAmericana.com, call 775-851-1859, or email email@example.com. A virtual catalog is available online for auctions Parts A and B.