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Discovery / Potpourri Auction # 173

Auction # 173

Auction Ended: Monday April 29th, 2024 at 10 PM EST

Auction Local Time: June 21, 2024 21:57:59 EDT ( 9:57:59 PM )



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1. (Cluster of Asparagus Heads) / “ASPARAGINE BITTERS / ASPARAGINE BITTERS CO.”, (Ring/Ham, A-104), American, ca. 1885 - 1895, clear glass with strong amethyst tint, 11”h, “PATENTED” on smooth base, tooled lip.

A 3/8” by 1/8” sliver type chip is off a lower horizontal ring.

A rare bottle with a very unusual design.

 
1 $ 90
 

2. “BERKSHIRE. BITTERS - AMANN & CO / CINCINNATI, O”, (Ring/Ham, B-81.4), Ohio, ca. 1865 - 1875, deep olive amber figural pig, 10 1/2” long, smooth base, sheared and ground lip.

An obvious 1” by 1/3” repair has been made to the side of the lip. If removed and done professionally it would probably be invisible. An area of rough glass (that extruded through the mold seam) is under the jaw.

There are three different variants of the Berkshire Bitters, this is the long fat variant. Ex. Tom McCandless Collection.

 
12 $ 700
 

3. Big Bill Best Figural Decanter, (Ring/Ham, pg. 97), American, ca. 1890 - 1900, reddish amber figural obese man, 11 1/2”h, smooth base, tooled lip.

Perfect condition.

Identical to the label on a Big Bill Best Bitters bottle and compliments that bottle perfectly.

 
15 $ 500
 

4. “THE GREAT TONIC / CALDWELL’S / HERB BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, C-8), Pennsylvania, ca. 1865 - 1875, yellowish amber, triangular form, 12 1/4”h, iron pontil, applied double collar mouth.

An area of external dull stain is on the embossed panel.

 
13 $ 325
 

5. “W. OLMSTED & CO. - CONSTITUTIONAL / BEVERAGE - NEW YORK.”, (Ring/Ham, C-224), New York, ca. 1865 - 1875, yellow amber with a hint of olive semi-cabin, 10 1/4”h, smooth base, applied mouth.

Two shallow 1/8” chips are off the top of the lip.

Nice embossed panel scroll, and plenty of yellow coloration.

 
9 $ 350
 

6. “J. DINGLE’S TONIC BITTERS”, (on the base), (Ring/Ham, D-77), American, ca. 1850 - 1860, olive green semi ladies leg, 12 1/4”h, iron pontil, applied mouth.

Some light scratches, otherwise in perfect condition.

A rarely offered Bitters.

 
3 $ 325
 

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

Some slight shoulder wear, otherwise in perfect condition.

Crisp bold impression on all roof panels.

 
5 $ 130
 

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

A pinhead in size flake is on the side of the lip.

We window viewed it alongside of an amber Drake’s so you can see how different the color is.

 
11 $ 400
 

9. “ST / DRAKE’S / 1860 / PLANTATION / X / BITTERS - PATENTED / 1862”, (Ring/Ham, D-105), New York, ca. 1862 - 1875, deep ‘old’ amber 6-log cabin, 9 7/8”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

A 3/16” in diameter chip is off the top of a lower log at the base.

A scarce color for this mould, considerably different from the normally seen amber examples.

 
1 $ 100
 

10. “ST / DRAKE’S / 1860 / PLANTATION / X / BITTERS - PATENTED / 1862”, (Ring/Ham, D-108), New York, ca. 1862 - 1875, medium golden yellow amber 6-log cabin, 9 3/4”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

A large internal bubble across several roof peaks has a faint 1/4” ‘rainbow’ type bruise in it.

An extremely crude applied lip has a number of air bubbles and trapped glass impurities.

 
4 $ 170
 

11. “ST / DRAKE’S / 1860 / PLANTATION / X / BITTERS - PATENTED / 1862”, (Ring/Ham, D-108), New York, ca. 1862 - 1875, medium yellowish amber, 6-log cabin, 9 3/4”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

Fine example.

Very bold impression and an internal glob of glass swirls across several of the lower shoulder peaks.

 
6 $ 140
 

12. “ST / DRAKE’S / 1860 / PLANTATION / X / BITTERS - PATENTED / 1862”, (Ring/Ham, D-110), New York, ca. 1862 - 1875, medium amber 4-log cabin, 10”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

Perfect ‘attic’ found condition (some light dried contents should wash out).

Fine example with a wickedly strong impression! Yes, it’s a common bottle, but this is an exceptional example!

 
6 $ 130
 

13. “C. GAUTIERS / NATIVE / WINE BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, G-8), District of Columbia, ca. 1867 - 1875, medium lime green, 10”h, “WASHINGTON, D.C. PATENTED 1867” on smooth base, applied double collar mouth. Lightly cleaned to its original luster.

A potstone in the neck has a small ‘crows foot’ cooling radiation surrounding it.

A rare bottle in an unusual ‘flower pot’ form.

 
5 $ 275
 

14. “DR. HARTERS / WILD CHERRY / BITTERS / ST. LOUIS”, (Ring/Ham, H-50), Missouri, ca. 1880 - 1895, amber, 7 5/8”h, “DESIGN / PATENT” on smooth base, tooled lip, a 99% original back label and 95% original front label.

About perfect.

A common bottle, but very hard to find with this much of the original labels.

 
4 $ 90
 

15. “HOLTZERMANN’S / PATENT / STOMACH / BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, H-154), Ohio, ca. 1885 - 1895, yellowish amber cabin, 9 7/8”h, smooth base, tooled tapered collar mouth.

The bottle is perfect, but the label is a reproduction.

 
5 $ 210
 

16. “HOP / TONIC” (on all four roof panels) - “HOP TONIC”, (Ring/Ham, H-174), American, ca. 1880 - 1890, medium amber semi-cabin, 9 3/4”h, smooth base, tooled mouth.

A tiny ‘ding’ is on a corner panel at the shoulder.

A crude bottle, full of bubbles.

 
1 $ 80
 

17. “DR. JACOB’S / BITTERS, - S.A. SPENCER. - NEW HAVEN, CT.”, (Ring/Ham, J-11), Connecticut, ca. 1855 - 1865, deep ice blue, 10 1/4”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

A tiny flake is off the outer edge of the lip, otherwise in perfect condition.

A big impressive looking bottle with highly whittled glass and in a color that approaches being teal blue.

 
28 $ 1,300
 

18. “MORNING (five pointed star) BITTERS / INCEPTUM 5869 - PATENTED / 5869”, (Ring/Ham, M-135), Maryland, ca. 1869 - 1875, medium yellowish amber, triangular form, 11 7/8”h, iron pontil scarred base, applied tapered collar mouth.

A 1/4” chip is off a corner at the base.

Some glass whittle, nice color and the base flaw is not detracting. Ex. Tom McCandless Collection.

 
9 $ 275
 

19. “OLD SACHEM / BITTERS / AND / WIGWAM TONIC”, (Ring/Ham, O-46), New York, ca. 1860 - 1870, medium to deep yellowish amber barrel, 9 3/8”h, smooth base, applied mouth.

A tiny chip is on the outer edge of the lip and some minor scattered scratches.

 
12 $ 400
 

20. “W.L. RICHARDSON’S - BITTERS - SOUTH READING - MASS.”, (Ring/Ham, R-58), Massachusetts, ca. 1840 - 1860, aqua, 7 1/8”h, open pontil, applied mouth.

A 1/4” chip/bruise is off a base corner. A scarce bottle.

Considerably harder to find then the S.O. Richardson embossed example.

 
7 $ 130
 

21. “RUSS’ / ST. DOMINGO / BITTERS - NEW YORK”, (Ring/Ham, R-125), New York, ca. 1870 - 1880, medium to deep reddish amber, 10”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

About perfect (a few faint scratches are on a label panel). Some dried contents should wash out.

Nice color, not the usual amber.

 
4 $ 150
 

22. “SAZERAC AROMATIC BITTERS” (on base) - “PHD & CO” (monogram on shoulder), (Ring/Ham, S-47), American, ca. 1865 - 1875, amber lady’s leg, 10 1/4”h, smooth base, applied ring mouth.

Cleaned, but retains a few minor imperfections in the form of light scratches. Also a tiny spot of roughness is off the upper edge of the applied collar.

Scarce size and color.

 
13 $ 240
 

23. “SOLOMONS’ / STRENGTHENING & / INVIGORATING BITTERS - SAVANNAH / GEORGIA.”, (Ring/Ham, S-140), Georgia, ca. 1870 - 1880, cobalt blue, 9 5/8”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

Cleaned to its original luster, but retains a light ‘sand grain’ texture. Also a pinhead in size flake on a panel edge appears to have been slightly buffed out.

A nice example and the ‘sand grain’ texture adds character to the glass. Don Ramsey Collection.

 
18 $ 1,200
 

24. “DR SOULE’S - HOP - BITTERS - 1872” - (cluster of hops berries and leaves), (Ring/Ham, S-145), English, ca. 1872 - 1885, medium yellowish olive semi-cabin, 9 3/4”h, smooth base, applied sloping double collar mouth.

A few light scattered scratches, otherwise in perfect condition.

Nice color with a little more olive than normally seen.

 
2 $ 190
 

25. “SWISS / STOMACH BITTERS - ARNOLD KOCH / BIRMINGHAM, PA.”, (Ring/Ham, S-242), Pennsylvania, ca. 1865 - 1875, medium amber, rectangular with two folded in side panels, 9 3/8”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

Cleaned to near perfect condition.

Rated as rare and identical in form to lot 27, but considerably earlier. At the time of the bottle Birmingham was a suburb of (but is now part of) Pittsburgh.

 
8 $ 240
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