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Auction 128, 'The Cabin Fever' Auction

Auction # 128

Auction Ended: Monday February 25th, 2019 at 10 PM EST

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1. The first 50 lots of this auction are the first offering of the Sidney Genius Collection. This is only a sampling of what is to come from this iconic 45 year collection!. “BARNETT & LION’S” - (motif of a standing French soldier or possibly a Pirate) - “NEW ORLEANS, LA.”, (Ring/Ham, B-26L), Louisiana, ca. 1865 - 1875, dark amber, 9 1/2”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

A 1” wide by 3/4” deep ‘V’ shaped chip out of the lip has been repaired. Crude highly whittled glass with plenty of bubbles. Extremely rare, possibly less than five known examples! Acquired from Van Herbert in 1980. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
11 $ 750
 

2. “BROWN’S / CELEBRATED / INDIAN HERB BITTERS - PATENTED / FEB 11 / 1868”, (Ring/Ham, B-226, Pennsylvania, ca. 1868 - 1875, light pinkish amethyst Indian Princess, 12 3/8”h, smooth base, rough sheared, unfinished and misshapen lip.

Extremely rare and highly desirable coloration! A few examples are known in clear glass, but to our knowledge none have this very eye appealing pink amethyst coloration. Ex. Carlyn Ring Collection. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
18 $ 21,000
 

3. “BRYANT’S - STOMACH - BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, B-243), American, ca. 1860 - 1870, emerald green 8-sided lady’s leg form, 12 1/2”h, smooth base, applied double collar mouth.

In ‘as found’ dug condition having some light to moderate scratches, mostly on the unembossed panels, otherwise in overall excellent condition. Extremely rare and unlisted in this unusual shade of green! Purchased from Don Wease at the Baton Rouge bottle show in 1972. It was found by Lucius Yaun in a hollow log at Port Hudson. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
17 $ 3,750
 

4. “JOHN BULL’S / COMPOUND / CEDRON BITTERS / LOUISVILLE, KY.”, (Ring/Ham, B-254), Kentucky, ca. 1865 - 1875, deep green, 9 1/2”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

Perfect condition, full of tiny air bubbles and no wear. Rated as extremely rare, especially in this pure green color! Purchased from Glass Works Auctions. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
22 $ 2,500
 

5. Figural Pineapple, "J.F.L. CAPITAL BITTERS" (on the base inside the iron pontil), (Ring/Ham, C-40),American, ca. 1860 - 1865, amber pineapple, 9 1/4"h, red iron pontil, applied double collar mouth.

Some spotty high point wear and easily cleanable milky internal stain is in the lower one-third of the bottle. The only pineapple bottle with the word ‘Bitters’ embossed on it! 
Sidney Genius Collection.

 
8 $ 1,500
 

6. “CATAWBA / WINE” - (bunch of grapes) - “BITTERS” - (bunch of grapes), (Ring/Ham, C-85), California, ca. 1860 - 1870, yellow with amber tone, 9 1/2”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

Lightly cleaned to its original luster, but retains some scratches mostly in the shoulder area. Very rare and most sought after color for this bottle! Sidney Genius Collection.

 
20 $ 4,000
 

7. “BOGGS, COTTMAN & CO. - GERMAN - TONIC BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, G-28), American, ca. 1850 - 1865, aqua, 9 5/8”h, iron pontil, applied double collar mouth.

A few light scratches, otherwise in perfect condition. A rare bottle, with nice glass whittle. Purchased from Glass Works Auctions. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
22 $ 2,500
 

8. Unembossed Log Cabin, American, ca. 1855 - 1865, deep amber 6-log cabin, 10”h, iron pontil, applied double collar mouth.

About perfect condition. Probably a bitters, but could have also been a whiskey and possibly a precursor to the more familiar Drake’s Plantation Bitters. Glass Works Auctions. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
15 $ 1,200
 

9. “DR. GREEN’S. POLEISH BITTERS” (around the shoulder), (Ring/Ham, G-107), American, ca. 1850 - 1865, yellowish amber, 10 3/4”h, iron pontil, applied tapered collar mouth.

A few light scratches otherwise in ‘attic’ found perfect condition. Of the known examples, most have been dug, so it is very refreshing to find one that wasn’t. Ex. Dr. Greer Collection #76. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
7 $ 650
 

10. “HORSE SHOE BITTERS - HORSE SHOE MEDICINE CO. / (motif of a running horse) / COLLINSVILLE / ILLS.”, (Ring/Ham, H-189), Illinois, ca. 1885 - 1895, red amber center shading to a more yellow amber in the sides and neck, 8 3/4”h, “PATENT APPLIED FOR” on smooth base, tooled lip.

A 1” long crack is located along the edge of a side panel, otherwise perfect. Ex. Charles Gardner Collection #1773. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
5 $ 2,300
 

11. “J.W. HUTCHINSON’S - TONIC BITTERS - MOBILE, ALA.”, (Ring/Ham, H-220), Alabama, ca. 1855 - 1865, bluish aqua, 8 7/8”h, iron pontil, applied double collar mouth.

Perfect condition. Extremely rare, one of only a very few known examples to have an iron pontil. Purchased from Glass Works Auctions. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
16 $ 2,750
 

12. “DR. E.C. HYDES - SOUTHERN / STOMACH BITTERS - NEW ORLEANS”, (Ring/Ham, H-222), Louisiana, ca. 1870 - 1875, deep amber, 9”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

In ‘as found’ condition having some internal and external areas of minor stain, but no form of damage. Very unusual squared off shoulder and vertical ‘column’ corners. A very rare southern bitters bottle! Sidney Genius Collection.

 
32 $ 5,500
 

13. “LEDIARD’S - CELEBRATED - STOMACH BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, L-60), New York, ca. 1850 - 1860, blue green, 9 7/8”h, iron pontil, applied double collar mouth.

Some wear from usage is on the edge of several corner panels. Charles Lediard must have had a good agent working for him in California as many of the known examples were found there. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
9 $ 1,500
 

14. “N. KIEFFER - MALAKOFF BITTERS (five pointed star) - PATENTED SEPT. 18TH 1866”, (Ring/Ham, M-15), Louisiana, ca. 1965 - 1875, deep reddish amber, 11 5/8”h, smooth base, applied double collar mouth.

A 1/4” chip/bruise is off the edge of the base, also a 1” area of roughness. Extremely rare, having only one auction record. Purchased from a construction worker who brought it to a New Orleans Bottle Show. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
14 $ 800
 

15. “OLD SACHEM / BITTERS / AND / WIGWAM TONIC”, (Ring/Ham, O-46), New York, ca. 1860 - 1870, light topaz with a hint of puce color barrel, 9 3/8”h, smooth base, applied mouth.

About perfect, unusual crooked neck. What a wild color! Old Sachem barrels were blown in a wide array of colors, making them popular with bitters collectors. They say that ‘color is King’, and this one wears the crown nicely! Purchased from Kit Barry at the 1977 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Bottle Show. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
14 $ 3,500
 

16. “ORIGINAL / POCAHONTAS / BITTERS / Y. FERGUSON.”, (Ring/Ham, O-86), American, ca. 1865 - 1875, ice blue barrel, 9 1/2”h, smooth base, applied mouth.

About perfect (a paper-thin open surface bubble is on the lower ring at the base). Nice example with plenty of seed bubbles throughout. Not an easy one to find. Purchased from Russell Wilkes. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
9 $ 3,250
 

17. “PEYCHAUD’S / AMERICAN / BITTERS / N.O.”, (on an applied seal), (Ring/Ham, P-80), Louisiana, ca. 1850 - 1865, amber cylinder, 11 1/2”h, deep kick-up smooth base, applied double collar mouth and seal, blown in a three part mold.

Lightly cleaned to it's original luster, but retains some internal haze. Nice glass whittle. A few were auctioned by Harmer Rooke Galleries in the early 1990s, this is possibly one of those examples. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
7 $ 900
 

18. Unembossed Figural Pineapple Bottle, (similar to Ring/Ham, P-100), American, ca. 1855 - 1865, yellow green or citron color pineapple, 9”h, smooth base, applied double collar mouth.

A tiny flake is off the outer edge of the lip, also a few of the tips have wear. Extremely rare, brilliant pure green color! Sidney Genius Collection.

 
8 $ 1,200
 

19. “JAMES W. PRICE’S / AROMATIC STOMACH BITTERS - NEW ORLEANS LA.”, (Ring/Ham, P-137), Louisiana, ca. 1865 - 1875, medium amber, 9 1/8”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

About perfect. A beautiful example in ‘attic’ found condition and with highly whittled glass. The last one to sell at auction was in 1995. Sidney bought it at a Dallas, Texas bottle show. A picker found it in the attic of a house 40-miles north of Dallas. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
23 $ 1,700
 

20. “WALKER’S COCK-TAIL BITTERS” (around the shoulder), (Ring/Ham, W-12), American, ca. 1875 -1885, amber lady’s leg, 11”h, smooth base, applied double collar mouth.

A shallow 3/16” chip is off the edge of the base. Also an area of light scratches is located just below the shoulder. Nice glass whittle. This extremely rare bottle is Ex. Charles Gardner Collection #565. The most recent one sold at auction was in 1991! Sidney Genius Collection.

 
1 $ 500
 

21. Cylinder Form Wine Bottle, ‘T. / Herbert / Chester / 1808’ (on an applied seal), (Burton, pg. 834), Chester, England, ca. 1808, deep olive green, 8 3/4”h, 4” base diameter, pontil scarred base, applied mouth and seal, blown in a dip mould.

Two spider cracks are in the shoulder, the largest has a ‘leg’ 1/2” in length, but neither are very visible. This is the example made reference to in Burton’s book. Acquired from Glass Works Auctions in 1991. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
9 $ 650
 

22. Blown Wide Mouth Storage Jar, probably English ca. 1750 - 1770, olive green, 9 1/4”h, 4 3/4” base diameter, pontil scarred base, sheared and tooled mouth, applied string lip, blown in a dip mould. What appears to be ‘Fm 2,592’ is etched into the glass.

Some milky inside stain could be professionally removed, otherwise perfect. A good early storage jar! Sidney Genius Collection.

 
2 $ 300
 

23. Blown Three Mould Geometric Decanter, (GIII-2 type 1), Mount Vernon Glass Works, Mount Vernon, New York, ca. 1815 - 1835, olive amber, 7”h, pontil scared base, flared out lip.

Perfect condition. Purchased from Mike Stuckey in 1978. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
9 $ 1,600
 

24. Fancy Pickle Jar, “W.D. SMITH / N.Y.”, (Zumwalt, pg. 385), New York, ca. 1840 - 1860, deep bluish aqua approaching teal color, 8 1/2”h, open pontil, outward rolled lip.

An in making paper-thin surface bubble is on a side panel, good color, slightly tilted neck. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
24 $ 1,000
 

25. Cathedral Pickle Jar, (Zumwalt, pg. 456), Willington Glass Works, West Willington, Connecticut, ca. 1845 - 1860, medium green, 13 3/4”h, pontil scarred base, outward rolled lip.

A tiny non-offensive in making chip created by a surface sand grain is off the side of the neck. Good rich color, nice glass whittle, wide mouth and barrel neck! This is the largest and hardest to obtain of the three sizes of Willington jars. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
6 $ 1,700
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