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'The Colors of Spring' Auction 130

Auction # 130

Auction Ended: Monday April 29th, 2019 at 10 PM EDT

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Lots 1 through 50 are examples from the Sidney Genius Collection. This is the second offering from this iconic collection. Look for more bottles from the Genius collection in future Glass Works Auctions offerings.

1. “DINGENS / NAPOLEON COCKTAIL BITTERS - DINGENS BROTHERS / BUFFALO, N.Y.”, (Ring/Ham, N-3), New York, ca. 1860 - 1870, clear glass with a faint hint of amethyst, drum form, 10 1/4”h, iron pontil, applied tapered collar mouth.

Perfect condition, great impression, nice ‘seedy’ glass. A rare bottle, especially in this fine condition. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
12 $ 7,500
 

2. “PLOW’S / SHERRY BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, P-111), American, ca. 1870 - 1880, amber cluster of grapes, 8”h, smooth base, applied ring mouth.

A tiny 3/16” by 1/16” sliver type chip is off the inside edge of the lip. Extremely rare, one of the most difficult to find of the true figural bitters! Sidney Genius Collection.

 
11 $ 7,500
 

3. “E. LONG’S / INDIAN HERB BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, L-119), American, ca. 1870 - 1875, reddish amber Indian Princess, 12”h, smooth base, applied mouth.

A small amount of in making mould seepage is on the side of the neck. Perfect from the glass house condition! Like all the known examples the embossing is weak. This was due to a very shallow cut mould. Extremely rare, probably less than five known examples. Obviously this company was attempting to take advantage of the popularity of the Brown’s Indian Herb Bitters by using an almost identical bottle. Considering it’s rarity, this sales approach wasn’t too successful. We auctioned this bottle in 1991. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
8 $ 11,000
 

4. “BARTO’S / READING, PA. / GREAT GUN BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, B-32), Pennsylvania, ca. 1860 - 1870, yellowish olive amber figural cannon, 11”h, smooth base, applied double collar mouth.

A 1/8” possibly in making chip is off the underside of the applied collar at the neck. A rare and desirable bottle with numerous tiny bubbles throughout and the non-offensive flaw takes little away from this important bottle! Like the McKeever’s Army Bitters the Barto’s Great Gun was designed to appeal to the many veterans returning from the Civil War. At a time when illiteracy was prevalent it was important that a veteran could identify a bottle by its form, not the embossing. Purchased from Mike Stuckey in 1977, who bought it at the Guernsey Barn Bottle show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
15 $ 12,000
 

5. “OLD / HOMESTEAD / WILD CHERRY / BITTERS - PATENT”, (Ring/Ham, O-37), New York, ca. 1865 - 1875, lemon yellow green cabin, 9 1/2”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

A flat 1/4” by 1/8” chip is off the very top of the lip, otherwise perfect. Nice glass whittle, absolutely stunning color and the non-offensive chip can only be seen when looking directly down on the lip! Not to be confused with the sometimes seen yellow olive bottles, this one is yellow GREEN! Ex. Charles Gardner Collection. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
15 $ 5,500
 

6. “DR. C.W. ROBACK’S / STOMACH BITTERS / CINCINNATI. O”, (Ring/Ham, R-73), Ohio, ca. 1865 - 1875, medium olive yellow barrel, 9 3/8”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

A 3/16” by 1/8” probably in making chip is off the collar at the neck, otherwise perfect. Unlike the larger size Roback’s barrel, the smaller size is rarely seen in a color other than various shades of amber. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
17 $ 1,700
 

7. “OLD SACHEM / BITTERS / AND / WIGWAM TONIC”, (Ring/Ham, O-45), New York, ca. 1865 - 1875, bluish aqua barrel, 10”h, open pontil, applied single collar mouth.

A 1/2” by 3/16” chip is off the side of the lip. A smaller 3/16” by 1/8” chip is off a lower ring. Both chips are very clean making them good candidates for a professional repair. Acquired at the Charles Gardner auction. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
14 $ 2,750
 

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

A rough 1/2” by 3/8” chip is off the side of the lip. Purchased from Rick Meyer at the first New Orleans Bottle Show. An unusual shade of green color and the damage cannot be seen when viewed from the front. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
11 $ 750
 

9. “CURTIS - CORDIAL - CALISAYA - THE GREAT - STOMACH - BITTERS / 1866 CCC 1900”, (Ring/Ham, C-261), Connecticut, ca. 1870 - 1900, medium amber, 11 5/8”h, 12-shoulder panels, smooth base, applied ring mouth.

A very clean 3/16” chip is off the side of the lip above the ring, otherwise perfect. Scarce bottle, unusual form. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
1 $ 600
 

10. “SOUTHERN AROMATIC / COCK TAIL / BITTERS / J. GROSSMAN / NEW ORLEANS / SOLE MANUFACTURER”, (Ring/Ham, S-149), Louisiana, ca. 1880 - 1895, yellow amber lady’s leg form, 13”h, smooth base, tooled mouth.

An internal bubble on the reverse of the embossing has a minor disturbance in its outer glass. Also some minor milky internal content stain could be easily professionally removed. Fine example that would sparkle when cleaned! Sidney Genius Collection.

 
1 $ 1,500
 

11. “PAT’D 1884 (on the shoulder) / DR. PETZOLD’S / GENUINE / GERMAN / BITTERS / INCPT. 1862 / THE / GREAT / ELIXIR / OF LIFE”, (Ring/Ham, P-77), Maryland, ca. 1885 - 1895, yellow olive, 7”h, smooth base, tooled lip.

Perfect condition. Extremely rare in this unlisted color. Tired of looking at those plain amber Petzold’s Bitters? This one could change that view! Sidney Genius Collection.

 
12 $ 1,100
 

12. “DR. A.W. COLEMAN’S - ANTIDYSPEPTIC / AND / TONIC BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, C-194), Alabama, ca. 1855 - 1865, dark olive green, 9 3/8”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.

A flat 1/4” surface chip is off the side of the base on the Bitters panel. Also several areas of minor scratches are on the Coleman’s panel. Thought to be the oldest Mobile, Alabama bitters bottle! Sidney Genius Collection.

 
1 $ 1,500
 

13. “DR. M. PERL & CO. - PERUVIAN BARK / BITTERS - NEW ORLEANS, LA.”, (Ring/Ham, P-57.5), Louisiana, ca. 1870 - 1880, bluish aqua, 10 1/8”h, smooth base, applied mouth.

In ‘as found’ dug condition having some light external stain and some minor surface imperfections, but no form of major damage. One auction record exists in amber and is unlisted in aqua glass. A professional cleaning could considerably improve the appearance of this great rarity! Sidney Genius Collection.

 
15 $ 850
 

14. “HART’S - VIRGINIA / AROMATIC - BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, H-60), American, ca. 1845 - 1860, deep forest green, 7 7/8”h, iron pontil, applied tapered collar mouth.

A 3” long stress crack on the base travels around part of the pontil, otherwise this great rarity is in perfect condition. One of only two, possibly three known examples. Nice glass whittle, impressive looking square shoulder form and because of the density of the color the base crack can only be seen under a very intense light. In 1990 this bottle sold at auction for $3,300.00! Sidney Genius Collection.

 
12 $ 7,000
 

15. “CLARKE’S / VEGETABLE / SHERRY WINE / BITTERS / SHARON, MASS.”, (Ring/Ham, C-155), Massachusetts, ca. 1840 - 1860, blush aqua gallon, 14”h, open pontil, applied tapered collar mouth.

When blown a 2 1/2” long vertical ‘fin’ of glass extruded through a mould seam and remains mostly intact. Some weakness of the embossing is on the lower two lines. A huge bottle with highly whittled glass, and rarely seen pontil! Sidney Genius Collection.

 
7 $ 800
 

16. “DAVID ANDREWS’ / VEGETABLE / JAUNDICE / BITTERS / PROVIDENCE / R.I.”, (Ring/Ham, A-57), Rhode Island, ca. 1840 - 1860, aqua tombstone form, 8 1/4”h, open pontil has an in-making chip, applied tapered collar mouth.

A few light scratches are almost invisible due to the high level of glass whittle. An impressive looking bottle in an eye appealing form. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
8 $ 1,500
 

17. “JOHNSON’S - INDIAN - DYSPEPTIC - BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, J-46), (Odell, pg. 134), American, ca. 1840 - 1860, aqua, 6 1/2”h, open pontil, has a minor in-making chip, applied tapered collar mouth.

A pinhead in size flake is off the outer edge of the lip, otherwise in perfect condition. Very rare and with nicely whittled glass! Sidney Genius Collection.

 
12 $ 450
 

18. “SMITH’S - GREEN MOUNTAIN - RENOVATOR - EAST GEORGIA, VT.”, (Odell, pg. 222), Vermont, ca. 1840 - 1860, yellowish ‘old’ amber, 7”h, improved pontil scarred base, applied double collar mouth.

Sparkling pristine condition, nice pebbly glass, great impression. and lacking any trace of olive. One of the nicer ones! Ex. Charles Gardner Collection. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
8 $ 2,750
 

19. “DR. TOWNSEND’S - SARSAPARILLA - ALBANY / N.Y.”, (Odell, pg. 239), (DeGrafft, #206), New York, ca. 1840 - 1860, emerald green, 9 1/2”h, iron pontil, applied tapered collar mouth.

Several panel edges have light wear, otherwise in sparkling pristine condition. Very nice and the mentioned wear is very minor. Bought from Roy Brown at a Columbus, Ohio bottle show. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
9 $ 500
 

20. “DR. TOWNSEND’S - SARSAPARILLA - NEW . YORK”, (Odell, pg. 239), (DeGrafft, #206), New York, ca. 1840 - 1860, light to medium emerald green, 9 3/4”h, iron pontil, applied tapered collar mouth.

A pinhead in size flake is off the top edge of the lip, otherwise excellent overall condition. Highly whittled glass, scarce New York embossed variant. Bought at a Garth’s Auction in Delaware, Ohio, November 29th, 1974. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
5 $ 350
 

21. “CARTER’S / SPANISH / MIXTURE”, (Odell, pg. 47), Virginia, ca. 1845 - 1860, olive green, 8”h, iron pontil, applied double collar mouth, 99% front and 90% rear original labels in part reads: 'Carter’s Spanish Mixture, Bennett & Beers, Druggists, General Agents and Proprietors, No. 125 Main Street, Richmond, Va.’.

The bottle is perfect. One of only a very few with an original label. Bought at a Keene, New Hampshire bottle show from Bruce Willet. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
13 $ 600
 

22. “WILSON FAIRBANK & CO. / SOLE AGENTS - SYRUP OF / GINSENG & MALVA - 45 HANOVER ST. / BOSTON”, (Odell, pg. 256), Massachusetts, ca. 1840 - 1860, bluish aqua, 9 3/4”h, open pontil, applied tapered collar mouth.

Perfect condition, and has some glass whittle and air bubbles. A big impressive and very rare medicine bottle that has only one auction record! Sidney Genius Collection.

 
19 $ 1,900
 

23. “GENUINE - SWAIM’S / PANACEA - PHILADELPHIA”, (Odell, pg. 229), Pennsylvania, ca. 1840 - 1860, aqua, 8”h, open pontil, applied tapered collar mouth.

Some minor scratches are on the label panel. Good glass whittle, and considerably rarer than the more familiar cylindrical bottle with the indented panels. Purchased from Dr. Sam Greer at the 1972 New Orleans show. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
12 $ 800
 

24. “DR. RUSSELL’S / BALSAM OF HOREHOUND / AND / SARSAPARILLA”, (Odell, pg. 210), (DeGrafft, #185), American, ca. 1840 - 1860, aqua, 9 1/4”h, open pontil, applied double collar mouth.

About perfect, (some very faint internal haze). Nice glass whittle, scarce bottle. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
12 $ 800
 

25. “KALB’S - VEGETABLE - QUICK RELIEF”, (unlisted), American, ca. 1840 - 1860, bluish aqua, 4 3/4”h, open pontil, applied double collar mouth.

Some light internal and external haze is of the type that could be professionally removed bringing this great rarity back to its original condition. This one’s not listed and has no auction record! Dug by Mike Stuckey in Quincy, Illinois and purchased from him May 1st, 1977 at the Guernsey Barn Bottle Show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Sidney Genius Collection.

 
24 $ 1,200
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