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Premier Auction 140
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Auction # 140

Auction Ended: Monday June 1st, 2020 at 10 PM EDT

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1. “THE BEST BITTERS / IN AMERICA - B. DESENBERG & CO. / KALAMAZOO MICH.”, (Ring/Ham, B-92), Michigan, ca. 1865 - 1875, reddish amber cabin with roped corners, 9 3/4”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

A very shallow 1/4” by 3/16” open bubble is on one of the ‘ropes’, otherwise in pristine perfect condition. A very attractive, highly desirable bottle and one of the top prizes of the Michigan bottle collecting scene! Ex. Chris Batdorff. Collection. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
14 $ 10,000
 

2. “DINGENS / NAPOLEON COCKTAIL BITTERS - DINGENS BROTHERS / BUFFALO, N.Y.”, (Ring/Ham, N-4), New York, ca. 1860 - 1870, amber center shading to a more yellowish amber in the sides, drum form, 9 1/2”h, iron pontil, applied tapered collar mouth.

A shallow 3/16” by 1/8” chip is off the side of the lip, also some light internal content stain. Great impression, which occasionally can be weak. This is the very rare variant that lacks the pedestal base! Sidney Genius Collection.

 
10 $ 3,750
 

3. “WHEELER’S - BERLIN - BITTERS - BALTIMORE”, (Ring/Ham, W-83), Maryland, ca. 1850 - 1865, yellow olive, 6-sided, 9 3/4”h, open pontil, applied double collar mouth.

Cleaned to its original luster, but retains some ground imperfections. Considered by many to be one of the most attractive and pleasing forms of all early pontiled bitters bottles! Sidney Genius Collection.

 
8 $ 6,000
 

4. “WILLIAM ALLEN’S - CONGRESS BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, A-29), Vermont, ca. 1865 - 1875, rich blue green color semi-cabin, 10 1/8”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

An area of in-making roughness where glass extruded through the mould is on a corner panel. Pristine perfect right from the glass house condition. An exceptionally bright, clean bottle that lacks any wear or scratches! Sidney Genius Collection.

 
3 $ 1,700
 

5. “DAVID ANDREWS’ / VEGETABLE / JAUNDICE / BITTERS / PROVIDENCE / R.I.”, (Ring/Ham, A-57), Rhode Island, ca. 1840 - 1860, aqua tombstone form, 8”h, open pontil, applied tapered collar mouth.

Perfect condition, highly whittled glass and almost no trace of wear. An impressive looking bottle in an eye appealing form, and worthy of that ‘extra’ bid!

 
15 $ 2,500
 

6. “BROWN CHEMICAL CO - BROWN’S IRON BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, B-231), Maryland, ca. 1875 - 1885, olive yellow, 8 5/8”h, smooth base, applied double collar mouth.

Lightly cleaned, but still retains some milky inside stain. Common in shades of amber, but very rare in this more attractive color.

 
14 $ 400
 

7. “ONLY 70 CTS / CLARKE’S / VEGETABLE / SHERRY / WINE / BITTERS / SHARON MASS”. (Ring/Ham, C-157), Massachusetts, ca. 1840 - 1860, bluish aqua half-gallon, 11 1/2”h, open pontil, applied tapered collar mouth.

Pristine perfect condition, sparkling highly whittled glass accented by numerous seed bubbles. A big impressive looking bottle, the second largest of the Clarke’s Sherry Wine Bitters bottles. As a collectible group of early pontil period bitters bottles the Clarke’s Bitters from Sharon, Massachusetts are hard to beat. Here size does matter, especially when looking at the half-gallon and gallon size bottles. most tend to have highly whittled very bubbles glass. Several are rare making it a real challenge to collect the entire group! Sidney Genius Collection.

 
8 $ 1,100
 

8. (Slug Plate) / “CLARKE’S / SHERRY WINE / BITTERS / SHARON / MASS”, (Ring/Ham, C-163.5), Massachusetts, ca. 1840 - 1860, bluish aqua, 9 3/4”h, rough open pontil, applied tapered collar mouth.

A patch of light milky stain where a label would have been affixed is on the reverse side of the embossing. Considered by many of those who collect them to be the rarest of the Clarke’s Sherry Wine Bitters bottles! The slug plate was where the ‘25 Cents’ embossing would originally have been. Ex. Dr. Greer Collection #370. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
5 $ 650
 

9. “COOLEY’S / ANTI- / DISPEPTIC / OR / JAUNDICE / BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, C-228), Connecticut, ca. 1840 - 1860, aqua, 6 1/4”h, open pontil, applied tapered collar mouth.

Perfect condition, but some of the lower lettering is weak. A very unusual form, with fluted shoulder panels and has the embossing on an indented chamfered corner panel. We don’t believe we’ve seen another bottle quite like it! Nice glass whittle and rated as extremely rare! Sidney Genius Collection.

 
19 $ 1,600
 

10. “ST / DRAKE’S / 1860 / PLANTATION / X / BITTERS - PATENTED - 1862”, (Ring/Ham, D-104), New York, ca. 1862 - 1875, medium orange amber 6-log cabin, 10”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

Pristine perfect condition. This is the extremely rare variant that has six logs on all four panels. Two of the panels where logs originally were now have a pebbly texture surface and five rivet circles. This is probably the rarest of all the known Drake’s variants!

 
16 $ 750
 

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

. A tiny surface bubble is on a log tip, also some edge of roof peak wear. Looking for a nice yellow Drake’s to fill in the color run? Than this is the one you won’t.

 
12 $ 550
 

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

About perfect (a tiny paper thin open bubble is on a roof peak), otherwise in perfect condition. Extremely strong impression and the very tiny flaw is totally non-offensive! Sidney Genius Collection.

 
4 $ 230
 

13. Unembossed Log Cabin, (similar to Ring/Ham pg. 408), American, ca. 1855 - 1865, deep amber 6-log cabin, 10 1/8”h, iron pontil, applied double collar mouth.

Perfect condition, huge iron pontil and no trace of wear. Probably a bitters, but could have also been a whiskey and possibly a precursor to the more familiar Drake’s Plantation Bitters.

 
20 $ 1,500
 

14. “DOCTOR / FISCH’S BITTERS- W.H. WARE / PATENTED 1866”, (Ring/Ham, F-44), Pennsylvania, ca. 1866 - 1875, strong yellowish amber color fish, 11 3/4”h, smooth base, applied mouth.

Perfect condition, super impression and no trace of wear! One of the best and has plenty of yellow! Sidney Genius Collection.

 
14 $ 600
 

15. “THE / FISH BITTERS - W.H. WARE / PATENTED 1866”, (Ring/Ham F-45), Pennsylvania, ca. 1866 - 1875, golden yellow with amber tone figural fish, 11 1/2”h, smooth base, applied ring mouth.

An area of possibly in-making surface roughness is on the fish’s tail, also some spotty high point wear. Probably as close to being pure yellow as any we’ve sold! Purchased from Jim Cope in the ‘Big Deal’ at the New Orleans Bottle Show. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
11 $ 475
 

16. (Lot of 2), “GOLDEN / BITTERS - GEO. C. HUBBEL & CO.”, (Ring/Ham, G-63 & 63.5), American, ca. 1865 - 1875, aqua semi-cabin, 3” and 10 1/2”h, smooth bases, applied tapered collar mouth.

The full size example is a very bright, clean bottle and in near perfect condition. And not an easy one to find especially in the exceptional condition. The sample size bottle is missing the mouth and upper part of the neck. That said, this extreme rarity is the only one we have ever seen! Sidney Genius Collection.

 
3 $ 300
 

17. “DR. / MANLY HARDY’S - GENUINE - JAUNDICE / BITTERS - BANGOR, ME.”, (Ring/Ham, H-35), Maine, ca. 1840 - 1860, clear with a faint pinkish tint color, 7”h, pontil, scarred base, applied tapered collar mouth.

A 1/8” chip is off the side of the lip, otherwise perfect. Crude pebbly glass, extremely rare unlisted color.

 
10 $ 550
 

18. (Cluster of Cherries) - “DR. HARTERS / WILD CHERRY / BITTERS / ST LOUIS” - (Cluster of Cherries), (Ring/Ham, H-51), Missouri, ca. 1885 - 1900, reddish amber, 7 1/4”h, smooth base, tooled lip.

Perfect condition, scarce cherry embossed side panels.

 
14 $ 250
 

19. “HIGHLAND BITTERS / AND / SCOTCH TONIC”, (Ring/Ham, H-117), Tennessee, ca. 1865 - 1875, medium orange amber barrel, 9 7/8”h, smooth base, applied mouth.

Some light spotty interior stain otherwise perfect. The only true figural bitters bottle from the State of Tennessee, highly sought after and not readily available! Ralph van Brocklin Collection.

 
13 $ 2,500
 

20. “HOLTZERMANN’S / PATENT / STOMACH / BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, H-154), Ohio, ca. 1880 - 1895, amber cabin, 9 3/4”h, smooth base, tooled lip, 98% original label.

The bottle is in perfect condition, the label has some light discoloration. Acquired from Jim Cope in the ‘Big Deal’! Sidney Genius Collection.

 
12 $ 325
 

21. “GEO. C. GOODWIN - BOSTON - INDIAN VEGETABLE / AND / SARSAPARILLA - BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, I-25), (DeGrafft, #83), Massachusetts, ca. 1840 - 1860, aqua, 8 1/2”h, open pontil, applied tapered collar mouth.

Nice example, highly whittled glass. A scarce bottle that appeals to Bitters, Sarsaparilla and Indian bottle collectors alike! Jim Chebalo Collection.

 
19 $ 1,200
 

22. “THE / INDIAN / HERB BITTERS / PREPARED BY / DRS DICKERSON / & STARK / MEDICAL & / SURGICAL / INSTITUTE / KANSAS CITY / MO. - SEND FOR OUR ILLUSTRATED MEDICAL JOURNAL / IT WILL BE SENT FREE TO ANY ADDRESS”, (Ring/Ham, I-18), Kansas, ca. 1880 - 1888, yellow amber, 12 3/8”h, smooth base, tooled lip.

A 1/2” by 1/2” chip is off the side of the lip above the head dress, otherwise in pristine perfect condition. Extremely rare, one of only three known examples, and the chip, although of some size is very clean making it a prime candidate for a professional repair, that in our opinion when finished would completely mask the damage! The first recorded listing of this bottle was in Carlyn Rings book ‘For Bitters Only’, published in 1980. It was a monumental work surpassing the two previous books on the subject by Richard Watson published fifteen years earlier and included many of never before seen bitters including the ‘Kansas City Queen’. For the next 35 years no example was found, or known to exist in any collection. Did it really exist, or was it a fantasy bottle that someone made up and submitted as a ‘new find’? Finally in 2012 one appears at the St. Joseph, Missouri bottle show and sold to a Kansas City collector. That bottle was eventually sold privately and today sits in a private collection.

 
12 $ 15,000
 

23. “DR. J. HOSTETTER’S / STOMACH BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, H-194), Pennsylvania, ca. 1870 - 1880, light lime green color, 9”h, “W. MCC & CO.” on smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

Cleaned to its original luster, but retains a few light scattered imperfections. Also a 1/8” chip is off the top edge of the lip. What a wild pure green color, and probably as light as any we’ve seen, you can even read a paper through it! For those who collect this mould for its color you don’t want to lose this one!

 
16 $ 1,500
 

24. “DR. J. HOSTETTER’S / STOMACH BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, H-194), American, ca. 1865 - 1875, deep yellowish olive green, 9 ”h, 2 3/4” base diameter.

Some spotty high point wear is on some of the letters, otherwise perfect. This deep green color is normally seen in the larger so called ‘western’ Hostetter’s and not smaller base diameter ‘eastern’ examples. No color run of Hostetter’s would be complete without this one!

 
3 $ 425
 

25. “DR. J. HOSTETTER’S / STOMACH BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, H-194), American, ca. 1865- 1875, lemon yellow, 9”h, 2 3/4” base diameter, “L & W /2” on a smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

Pristine condition, no trace of wear or scratches, but some dried content in the base should wash out. Blown at the Lorenz & Wightman Glass Works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a glass house that made a number of bottles for the Hostetter’s Company, and known for their more exotic colors!

 
9 $ 600
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