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'Premier' Auction #157
Closing over 2 days
Lots 1-127 Closes Monday April 25th & Lots 128-263 Closes Tuesday April 26th, 2022
This is a Timed Closing Auction

Auction # 157

Auction Ended: Days and Times
Part 1: Lots 1 - 127 closes April 25th, 2022 at 10 PM EST
Part 2: Lots 128 - 263 closes April 26th, 2022 at 10 PM EST

Auction Local Time: May 27, 2022 15:52:51 EDT



ALL BIDDING ON PART TWO of our two day ‘Premier’ AUCTION #157 IS NOW COMPLETED!



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Our next auction will be our 'live' on site auction at the Shupp's Grove Spring Bottle Fest., Saturday May 21st at 1 pm. Over 100 lots of bottles will be sold. this is a 'live' in person auction so no mail, absentee, internet or phone bids will be accepted. This is a B.Y.O.B. (bring your own beer) event!


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1. “OLD SACHEM / BITTERS / AND / WIGWAM TONIC”, (Ring/Ham, O-46), New York, ca. 1860 - 1875, moss green with a hint of blue barrel, 9 3/8”h, smooth base, applied mouth.

A flat 1/16” paper-thin non-offensive open bubble is on the top of the lip, otherwise in overall excellent condition. Crude pebbly glass and full of seed bubbles. Considered by many collectors of Sachem Bitters to be the most desirable and sought after color and one that would stand out in any bitters collection! Most bitters collectors want one, but few do! Thinking about adding a color run of barrel bitters to your collection? Why not start with the best! Ex. Jack Stecher Collection.

 
14 $ 21,000
 

2. “GENL. / FRANK. CHEATHAM’S / BITTERS - NASHVILLE, TENN.”, (Ring/Ham, C-136), American, ca. 1865 - 1870, amber semi-cabin, 10”h, “W.McC & CO.” on smooth base, applied mouth.

An attic found bottle having only the slightest trace of shoulder wear. Confederate general, Benjamin F. Cheatham was born near Nashville, Tennessee on October 20, 1820. He served in the Mexican-American War as the captain of the First Tennessee Regiment, and was later promoted to the colonel of the Third Tennessee. After the War, Cheatham tried his luck at gold mining in California, but eventually returned to Tennessee, where he farmed. When the Civil War broke out, he won an appointment to the Provisional Army, and became a brigadier general in July of 1861, because of his previous military experience and his political connections. Serving with distinction, he was promoted to major general in early 1862. In spite of his promotions, Cheatham did not get along well with General Braxton Bragg, who was the commander of the Army of Tennessee. Bragg considered him a political appointee, and eventually stripped him of much of his command. Eventually Bragg was replaced, and Cheatham saw his military responsibilities increase again. His command distinguished itself at several battles, including Kennesaw Mountain and the battle for Atlanta. However, at Spring Hill on November 29, 1864, Cheatham's corps allowed the Union army to escape, which resulted in more controversy and disagreements with his superiors. After the War, Cheatham unsuccessfully ran for congress, and eventually became postmaster of Nashville, where he died in 1886. Did General Cheatham try his hand at the patent medicine business after the war? Or was this bottle produced for someone in his command? Who knows for sure but what we do know is that this bottle is thought to be currently unique. At least it is the only one we know of. Ex. Carlyn Ring and Ralph van Brocklin Collections.

 
15 $ 7,500
 

3. “TRAVELLER’S” - (motif of a man walking) - “BITTERS - 1834 / 1870”, (Ring/Ham, T-54), American, ca. 1865 - 1875, golden yellowish amber, 10 1/2”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

Perfect condition. It is generally thought that the man walking is the famous Southern General 'Robert E. Lee’. Through most of the Civil War ‘Traveller’ was Lee’s horse. The most honored and respected of all Confederate Generals passed away on October, 12, 1870, the same year on the shoulder of the bottle. During Lee’s funeral procession, Traveller followed behind the General’s caisson which carried his saddle and bridle draped in a black crepe. A rare and historic bottle.

 
11 $ 10,000
 

4. “CASSIN’S - GRAPE BRANDY - BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, C-78), California, ca. 1866 - 1870, yellowish lime green, 9 7/8”h, smooth base, applied mouth, perfect.

A 1” by 1/2” in size repair has been made to a shoulder opening. From this repair several faint hairline cracks extend outward. Although not the rarest, the Cassin’s is considered by many collectors of western bottles to be the most desirable and sought after. The ability to obtain this rare bottle in its attractive and unique form creates an unparalleled challenge to western bitters collectors. For this reason very few examples exist east of the Rocky Mountains. Dave Kyle Collection.

 
23 $ 11,000
 

5. “XX / PLANTATION / BITTERS / 1862 - SECURED / 1863”, (Ring/Ham, P-108), American, ca. 1863 - 1870, deep yellowish ‘old’ amber cabin, 9 3/8”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

Perfect condition, currently one of only three known examples. In an attempt to cash in on the popularity of Drake’s Plantation Bitters, several ‘copy cat’ companies sold their product in bottles that closely resembled the original Drake’s. Of those this is the closest to the original that we have seen. Besides having a different embossing, (the word Drake's was purposely left out) it also is rectangular in form. Did Drake’s sue this company for patent right infringement? We don’t know, but he probably should have!

 
18 $ 11,000
 

6. “ST / DRAKE’S / 1860 / PLANTATION / X / BITTERS - PATENTED / 1862”, (Ring/Ham, D-105), New York, ca. 1865 - 1875, medium apricot puce 6-log cabin, 10”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

Perfect condition, strong impression, light eye appealing color! This is the first of a nice group of different color Drake's Plantation Bittrrts none being in the traditional amber coloration. Check out the window view shots on these guys! Brent Culver Collection.

 
4 $ 425
 

7. “ST / DRAKE’S / 1860 / PLANTATION / X / BITTERS - PATENTED / 1862”, (Ring/Ham, D-105), New York, ca. 1865 - 1875, medium yellow olive 6-log cabin, 10 1/8”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

Perfect condition, extremely bold impression (one of the best we’ve seen)! Beautiful ‘window candy’ bottle! Brent Culver Collection.

 
9 $ 1,100
 

8. “ST / DRAKE’S / 1860 / PLANTATION / X / BITTERS - PATENTED / 1862”, (Ring/Ham, D-105), New York, ca. 1865 - 1875, ‘old’ olive amber 6-log cabin, 10”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

Perfect condition, but some dried content should be washed out. Another unusual color for a Drake’s. Brent Culver Collection.

 
6 $ 475
 

9. “ST / DRAKE’S / 1860 / PLANTATION / X / BITTERS - PATENTED / 1862”, (Ring/Ham, D-110), New York, ca. 1865 - 1875, yellow with olive and amber tones 4-log cabin, 10 1/8”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

Pristine perfect condition, fine impression, nice glass texture! If you're looking for a 4-log that has a lot going for it this is the one you want! Brent Culver Collection.

 
14 $ 800
 

10. “ST / DRAKE’S / 1860 / PLANTATION / X / BITTERS - PATENTED / 1862”, (Ring/Ham, D-108), New York, ca. 1865 - 1875, yellowish amber with deep reddish amber striations 6-log cabin, 10”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

Several of the log tips and roof peaks have excepted wear and a less then pinhead size flake is off the top of the lip. What a wild coloration! Set this one in with a row of Drake’s Bitters (check out our window view group shot) and it really stands out! Brent Culver Collection.

 
13 $ 1,100
 

11. “ST / DRAKE’S / 1860 / PLANTATION / X / BITTERS - PATENTED / 1862”, (Ring/Ham, D-108), New York, ca. 1862 - 1875, medium yellowish olive with amber tone 6-log cabin, 9 7/8”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

Pristine perfect condition, strong impression, good olive tone and in an attractive lighter color.

 
15 $ 1,200
 

12. “DRAKES / PLANTATION / BITTERS - PATENTED / 1862.”, (Ring/Ham, D-109), New York, ca. 1862 - 1875, yellowish amber 5-log cabin, 10”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

Pristine perfect condition, full of tiny air bubbles and no trace of wear. Of the three log counts Drake’s were produced in the 5-log is considerably harder to find!

 
9 $ 600
 

13. “WILLIAM ALLEN’S - CONGRESS BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, A-29), Vermont, ca. 1865 - 1875, deep emerald green semi-cabin, 10 1/4”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

Pristine condition, numerous air bubbles, great impression and wonderful, attractive glass swirls throughout! This one ‘shines’! Dave Kyle Collection.

 
8 $ 2,300
 

14. “AROMATIC ORANGE - STOMACH BITTERS - BERRY, DEMOVILLE & CO / NASHVILLE”, (Ring/Ham, A-90), Tennessee, ca. 1865 - 1875, medium orange amber semi-cabin, 10 1/8”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

Pristine perfect condition, strong impression. A rarely offered semi-cabin bitters bottle!

 
9 $ 1,900
 

15. “BAKER’S / ORANGE GROVE - BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, B-9), Massachusetts, ca. 1865 - 1875, yellow amber semi-cabin, 9 3/4”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth, 99% original highly graphic label.

Finest possible example! Ex. Bill Litle Collection. Dave Kyle Collection.

 
18 $ 2,100
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