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'Premier Auction #161'
Closing over 2 days
Lots 1-150 Close Monday November 28th & Lots 151-315 Close Tuesday November 29th, 2022
This is a Timed Closing Auction

Auction # 161

Auction Ended: Days and Times
Part 1: Lots 1 - 150 close November 28th, 2022 at 10 PM EST
Part 2: Lots 151 - 315 close November 29th, 2022 at 10 PM EST

Auction Local Time: Feb 7, 2023 00:39:00 EST



ALL BIDDING ON PART TWO of our two day ‘PREMIER AUCTION’ #161 IS NOW COMPLETED!

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1. “THE BEST BITTERS / IN AMERICA - B. DESENBERG & CO. / KALAMAZOO MICH.”, (Ring/Ham, B-92), Michigan, ca. 1865 - 1875, medium yellowish amber cabin with roped corners, 9 1/2”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

A shallow 3/16” by 1/8” chip is off a corner at the base and several of the lower roof peaks have some wear, otherwise in perfect condition.

A very attractive, highly desirable bottle and one of the top prizes of the Michigan bottle collecting scene! Brent Culver Collection.

 
6 $ 4,750
 

2. THE / GREAT / UNIVERSAL / COMPOUND / STOMACH / BITTERS / PATENTED / 1870 - PROFESSOR / GEO. J. BYRNE / NEW YORK - DC - CC - LX - XM”, (Ring/Ham, B-280), New York, ca. 1870 - 1880, reddish amber, 10 5/8”h, smooth base, applied double collar mouth.

Perfect condition, but some slight dried content should wash out.

Extremely bold impression and no wear or scratches. One of the most ornate of any bitters bottle!

 
7 $ 3,750
 

3. “BRYANT’S - STOMACH - BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, B-243), American, ca. 1865 - 1875, deep olive green lady’s leg form, 8-sided, 12 1/4”h, sand pontil scarred base, applied double collar mouth.

Cleaned to its original luster, but retains some minor imperfections from being in the water for over 150-years.

This is one of the 18 or so bottles found on the ‘Sea Lark’ that sunk off the coast of Brazil and were recovered by divers. In past auctions we have sold several of them. Of those we’ve sold this is one of the better looking examples. If you are curious about this find, go to www.westernbitters.com/2013/02, and scroll down to the pictures of the Bryant’s Stomach Bitters, look for the picture taken by the divers of a case of the Bryant’s as they found them. Brent Culver Collection.

 
16 $ 4,750
 

4. “BAKER’S / ORANGE GROVE - BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, B-9), Massachusetts, ca. 1865 - 1875, golden yellow with amber tone semi-cabin, 9 3/4”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.


Perfect condition and approaches being pure yellow in color! Brent Culver Collection.

 
14 $ 1,100
 

5. “BAKER’S / ORANGE GROVE - BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, B-9), Massachusetts, ca. 1865 - 1875, medium amber semi-cabin, 9 1/2”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth, a 80% original label is on both side panels.

The bottle is perfect. The label shows signs of wear.

 
11 $ 500
 

6. “DR. BIRMINGHAM’S - ANTI BILLIOUS - BLOOD PURIFYING / BITTERS - THIS BOTTLE NOT SOLD”, (Ring/Ham, B-101), American, ca. 1865 - 1875, medium emerald green, 9”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

Cleaned to its original luster, but retains a considerable amount of ground imperfections.

Rated as very rare!

 
11 $ 1,000
 

7. “BROWN'S / CELEBRATED / INDIAN HERB BITTERS - PATENTED / 1868”, (Ring/Ham, B-225), American, ca. 1868 - 1870, medium olive yellow with amber tone Indian Queen, 12 1/8”h, smooth base, rolled lip.

An area of roughness on a thin edge of the lip was created when not enough glass remained to complete the inward roll. A very bright, clean bottle in a very attractive color.

One of the most iconic of all antique bitters bottles! Ex. Charles Aprill Collection. David Kyle Collection.

 
11 $ 2,400
 

8. “CARMELITER / STOMACH BITTERS CO / NEW YORK - SJ (monogram) / REGISTERED”, (Ring/Ham, C-54), New York, ca. 1875 - 1885, yellowish olive green, 10”h, “WB” on smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

About perfect ‘attic’ found condition.

This one would add some color to that collection of ‘rare square’ bitters bottles.

 
10 $ 750
 

9. (Slug Plate) / “CLARKE’S / VEGETABLE / SHERRY / WINE / BITTERS / SHARON MASS”, (Ring/Ham, C-160), Massachusetts, ca. 1855 - 1870, bluish aqua, 11 3/8”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

About perfect. Excellent overall condition, highly whittle glass, numerous air bubbles and glass impurities some of which have streaks of olive coloration.

This is the variant that has the ‘Price’ embossing above ‘Clarke’s’ removed.

 
21 $ 1,500
 

10. “CURTIS - CORDIAL - CALISAYA - THE GREAT - STOMACH - BITTERS / 1866 CCC 1900”, (Ring/Ham, C-261), Connecticut, ca. 1870 - 1890, deep root beer amber, 11 1/2”h, 12-shoulder panels, smooth base, applied ring mouth.

Cleaned to its original luster and near perfect condition.

Not many of these are showing up anymore and it is a nice one. Brent Culver Collection.

 
10 $ 1,000
 

11. “DOYLES - HOP - BITTERS - 1872” - (cluster of hops berries and leaves), (Ring/Ham, D-93), New York, ca 1872 - 1880, golden olive yellow semi-cabin, 9 5/8”h, “E 4” on smooth base, applied double collar mouth.

Overall excellent condition.

A different shade of olive yellow that is occasionally seen and with a perfect density of color!

 
22 $ 1,900
 

12. “GOLDEN / BITTERS - G. C. HUBBELL & CO. - G. C. HUBBELL & CO.”, (Ring/Ham, G-63.5), New York, ca. 1865 - 1875, aqua semi-cabin, 3 1/2”h, smooth base, inward rolled lip.

Perfect condition. Extremely rare only the second one we’ve seen (the other was missing most of the lip).

Nice glass whittle and possibly the earliest of the sample size bitters bottles! Dave Sidelinger Collection.

 
21 $ 4,000
 

13. “ST / DRAKES / 1860 / PLANTATION / X / BITTERS - PATENTED / 1862”, (Ring/Ham, D-104), New York, ca. 1862 - 1875, amber 6-log cabin, 10 1/8”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

The bottle is in perfect condition, but some dried contents needs to be washed out. This is the very 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.

One of the rarest of all the known Drake’s variants!

 
15 $ 750
 

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

Some in-making ‘crazing’ lines are in the neck, otherwise in perfect condition.

Nice glass whittle and eye appealing color. Dave Sidelinger Collection.

 
1 $ 375
 

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

Some spotty wear is on the lower roof peak, otherwise in perfect condition.

A very handsome bottle and with just the right amount of color density.

 
11 $ 1,000
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