Press Releases tagged with bottles

Oil on canvas painting of Gaspe Peninsula in southeastern Quebec, Canada, rendered around 1960 and attributed to Eugene Klimoff (1901-1990) (est.  $1,500-$3,000).

Oil painting of Gaspe Peninsula in Canada, rendered by Eugene Klimoff around 1960, will be sold Dec. 1-3

Released: November 20, 2017

RENO, Nev. – Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC is gearing up for a huge three-day auction event December 1st, 2nd and 3rd, one that’s packed with over 2,200 lots of railroad passes, Express collectibles, Western and postal history, mining memorabilia, rare bottles, Americana and more, online and in Holabird’s gallery located at 3555 Airway Drive (Suite 308) in Reno.   Start times all three days will be 8 am Pacific time. Online bidding will be provided by the platforms iCollector.com, Invaluable.com, eBay Live and Auctionzip.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted....


Beautifully carved Pang (also known as Mountain Sheep, a game animal) kachina, crafted by the Hopi artisan Melvin Miles, 16 inches tall (est.  $1,000-$1,500).

Native Americana, kachina dolls, antique bottles, more at Holabird's Oct. 19-23 auction in Reno

Released: October 9, 2017

RENO, Nev. – A massive, five-day auction featuring nearly 3,000 lots spanning many collecting categories – to include minerals, mining, Native Americana, bottles and glass, gaming, cowboy, tokens, numismatics (coins), railroad and Express items, postal history and philatelic history, firearms, weaponry, military collectibles, political, general Americana and ephemera – will be held October 19-23 by Holabird Western Americana, LLC, online and in the firm’s Reno gallery.   Internet bidding will be facilitated by several platforms: iCollector.com, Invaluable.com and Auctionzip.com. Holabi...


Brown's Celebrated Indian Queen, a figural bitters that's prevalent but popular, this one particularly nice in color, deeper than the usual lime green (est.  $5,000-$10,000).

Rare and beautiful vintage bottles will be sold in an online auction, Oct. 13-22

Released: September 11, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A terrific selection of rare and vintage bottles from across the United States – to include Western and Eastern sodas, bitters, inkwells, whiskeys and more – will be sold in Auction #64, an internet and catalog auction that goes online October 13th and ends on Sunday, October 22nd, by American Bottle Auctions (www.americanbottle.com) of Sacramento.   “This auction will feature the largest and finest selection of Western sodas we’ve ever offered, with many rare one-of-a-kinds,” said Jeff Wichmann, owner of American Bottle Auctions. The centerpiece of the category is...


Beautiful bronze sculpture of a kachina dancer in motion by William Klesert (Tucson, Ariz.), #10 of 30, 11.25 inches tall on a swivel wood stand (est.  $1,000-$2,000).

Western and Native American art, Americana and more at Holabird's July 8-10 auction in Reno

Released: July 3, 2017

RENO, Nev. – Fresh off a two-day, 400-lot antique bottle auction on June 16th and 17th that saw several records fall and grossed more than $120,000, Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC will climb right back in the saddle with an even bigger sale: a three-day auction on July 8th, 9th and 10th, featuring mining collectibles, numismatics, Americana, Western art and much more.   The auction will be conducted online, via the platforms iCollector.com, Invaluable.com, eBay Live and Auctionzip.com, as well as in Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC’s gallery located at 3555 Airw...


This scarce and fun cobalt blue flycatcher bottle with the original hanger sold for a very reasonable $527 -- not bad for a bottle with zero embossing.

Rare, vintage and beautiful bottles find new homes at Holabird's June 16-17 auction in Reno

Released: June 26, 2017

RENO, Nev. - An 1800s H. T. Tobin Western pumpkinseed pint whiskey flask, produced for the Walla Walla Saloon when Washington was still a territory and not yet a state, sold for $4,840 at an auction held June 16th-17th by Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC, as part of the 53rd annual Reno Bottle Show & Auction, held at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno. It is quite possible that this is a new auction record price realized for a clear Western whiskey flask.   The two-session auction featured a premier selection of rare and vintage bottles – headlined by the Ralph Va...


Catawba Wine bitters bottle with embossed grapes, circa 1860-1866, with overall crudity and pontiled variant, making it the finest example known ($18,400).

Beautiful western bottles from the 1800s soar to record prices at American Bottle Auctions

Released: April 21, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A Lacour’s Sarsapariphere Western bitters bottle, made circa 1866-1875, the early variant number one and in a color that is highly desirable to collectors, and an E. G. Lyons & Co. Mfgrs. (San Francisco) very early Western bitters bottle, made circa 1868-1871, in near-perfect condition, one of only a handful known, each sold for identical prices of $35,650.   They were the top lots in Auction #63, a two-part online and catalog auction held Feb. 10-18 and March 3-11 by American Bottle Auctions, based in Sacramento. “Auction 63 was quite possibly the top Western ...


The so-called Dollar in Palladium in the original black leatherette jeweler's box (Baker & Company, N.J.)

Rare old coins, antique bottles, mining collectibles, more at Holabird's April 28-30 auction in Reno

Released: April 18, 2017

RENO, Nev. – A big three-day auction comprising nearly 1,800 lots in a wide range of collecting categories – to include mining collectibles, old bottles, postal history, Wells Fargo Express, gold and jewelry, coins and currency, toys, cowboy and Indian, firearms and more – will be held April 28-30 by Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC, online and in the firm’s Reno gallery.   The gallery is located at 3555 Airway Drive (Ste. 308). For those unable to attend the auction in person, internet bidding will be available via the platforms iCollector.com, Invaluable.com, Auctionzip.co...


E.  G.  Booz's Old Cabin Whiskey figural bottle, made by Whitney Glass Works (Glassboro, N.J.), circa 1860-1880 ($4,388).

Dazzling early examples of tableware and freeblown glass lead the way at Heckler's Premier Auction 146

Released: April 3, 2017

WOODSTOCK, Conn. – A pattern molded covered sugar bowl and an early pattern molded pocket bottle, both manufactured by Stiegel’s American Flint Glass Manufactory in Manheim, Pennsylvania sometime between 1763 and 1774, combined to sell for nearly $20,000 in an online-only auction (Premier Auction 146) held March 6-15 by Norman C. Heckler & Company.   The brilliant cobalt blue sugar bowl featured a 16-diamond pattern and a cylindrical bowl flared to the rim, with matching cover having an applied swirled rib finial. The glass quality and clarity were superb, with a strong mold impres...


Lacour's Sarsapariphere Western bitters bottle, circa 1866-1875, the early variant number one (est.  $20,000-$50,000).

Two major fine bottle collections will headline American Bottle Auctions' 2-part sale, Feb. 10-18 and March 3-11

Released: December 16, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Two major fine bottle collections – the Vince Madruga collection of Western bitters and medicines, and the John O’Neill collection of mostly early San Francisco bottles, whiskeys and sodas – will headline Auction #63, a two-part online and catalog auction scheduled for Feb. 10-18 for Part 1 and March 3-11 for Part 2, by American Bottle Auctions.   Interested bidders may register for Auction #63 now, on the American Bottle Auctions website, at www.americanbottle.com. Inquiries may be made via e-mail, to info@americanbottle.com.   “Auction 63 will offer quite pos...


This is one of the top five Western whiskey bottles known today.  Made in grass green in 1868, it is expected to sell for over $20,000.

Wonderful examples of rare, early Nevada mining camp bottles will be sold at auction August 6th

Released: August 3, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Collectors of vintage bottles, mostly from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire rare and desirable Nevada bottles at the annual auction of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors, on Saturday, August 6th, at the Lion’s Gate Hotel in Sacramento and hosted by Holabird Western Americana of Reno, Nev. The auction event will be part of ‘49er Bottle Jamboree and will coincide with the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors’ 2016 National Antique Bottle & Expo being held at the same venue. “Neva...


This Reno Brewing Company tin sign from around 1900, 26 inches by 33 inches, framed, is expected to sell for $7,500-$15,000 at the August 6th auction.

Rare Reno Brewing Company tin sign from around 1900 will be sold at auction August 6th

Released: July 19, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Rare Western bottles will take center stage at the annual auction of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors, scheduled for Saturday, August 6th, at the Lion’s Gate Hotel in Sacramento. The event will be part of ‘49er Bottle Jamboree and will coincide with the FOHBC's 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle & Expo, at the same venue. “This year we’re doing something different by presenting a wide variety of bottles and related pieces that help define Western collecting,” said Fred Holabird, president of Holabird Western Americana, based in Reno, Nevada, ...


The top lot of the auction was this rare Masonic historical flask, made circa 1820-1830, that sold for $56,160.

Rare Masonic historical flask, made circa 1820-1830, sells for $56,160 at Norman C. Heckler's Premier Auction #133

Released: April 5, 2016

WOODSTOCK, Conn. – A very rare Masonic historical flask showing the iconic crossed keys and star soared to $56,160 and an equally scarce “Firecracker” pint historical flask with a bust of George Washington, one of a few known, went for $49,140 at Premier Auction #133, an internet auction held by Norman C. Heckler & Company. The sale began March 7 and ended March 16.   In a numerical anomaly, exactly 133 antique bottles came up for bid in Auction #133, and by the time it was all over the sale had grossed more than $500,000. Lots were varied, to include historical flasks, inks, bitte...


This early Pittsburgh (Pa.) district double eagle historical flask, made circa 1820-1840, was the top lot of the auction, selling for $57,330.

Early Pittsburgh (Pa.) district double eagle historical pint flask sells for $57,330 in Heckler's online auction

Released: April 7, 2015

WOODSTOCK, Conn. – An early Pittsburgh district double eagle historical flask, made between 1820 and 1840 in Pittsburgh, Pa., and boasting a bright yellow green color with an olive tone, sold for $57,330 at Auction #120, an internet auction conducted by Norman C. Heckler & Company that ended March 18th. The bottle was the top lot in an auction that grossed $335,669. “That double eagle flask had it all – color, rarity and condition. It was one of the finest, most rare and desirable flasks we’ve ever sold,” said Norman Heckler of Norman C. Heckler & Company. “The selling price cam...


A massive single-owner lifetime collection of toy bears, to include these shown, will be sold at auction Sept.  19th in Woodstock Valley, Conn., at 12 noon.

Massive collection of toy bears, including Steiff and Merrythought, will be sold at auction Sept. 19

Released: August 8, 2014

WOODSTOCK VALLEY, Conn. – An astounding single-owner collection of over 1,100 toy bears – many of them recent but over 200 antique examples by early makers such as Steiff and Merrythought – will be sold at a public auction on Friday, Sept. 19th, by Norman C. Heckler & Company, in the firm’s barn auction venue at 79 Bradford Corner Road in Woodstock Valley. The auction will be available to preview from 10 a.m. until noon on the day of the sale, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from September 15th to the 18th. Appointments are appreciated. The bears were collected over the course of...


This rare Durham Whiskey fifth bottle, made circa 1876-1882 and one of maybe six known, sold for $13,440 at American Bottle Auctions.

Rare Durham Whiskey fifth bottle (circa 1876-1882) sells for $13,440 at American Bottle Auctions

Released: July 31, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A rare Durham Whiskey fifth bottle, made circa 1876-1882 and one of maybe only six known, sold for $13,440 to take top lot honors at Auction #60, an internet and catalog sale from American Bottle Auctions that went online July 11th and concluded July 20th (at www.americanbottle.com). In all, 186 bottles changed hands. The auction grossed $173,107. “These early fifths are so rare some collectors don’t even know they exist,” said Jeff Wichmann of American Bottle Auctions. “That’s because there are two variants – one from the east coast, which is common, and the wes...


This rare, circa 1905 pressed metal sign for Hall, Luhrs * Co.  ("Our Taste" hams), will be sold online July 11-20.

Rare vintage bottles, advertising items will be sold online, July 11-20

Released: June 16, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Nearly 200 lots – many of them rare and highly collectible bottles, to include sodas, bitters, back bars, medicines, whiskey fifths and flasks, plus advertising items and other spirits and poisons – will all come up for bid in American Bottle Auctions’ next big online and catalog sale (Auction #60) that will begin July 11th and end July 20th at americanbottle.com. “We have many highlights and these include some rare colored historical flasks, in particular a series of Washington/Taylor quarts exhibiting incredible colors and other beautiful examples,” said Jeff ...


This Sunburst Snuff Jar, made circa 1815-1830 by the Keene Marlboro Street Glassworks in New Hampshire, sold for $57,330 in an online-only auction.

Sunburst Snuff Jar made between 1815 and 1830 brings $57,330 at Heckler's absentee auction #108

Released: April 3, 2014

WOODSTOCK, Conn. – A Sunburst Snuff Jar made between 1815 and 1830 at the Keene Marlboro Street Glassworks (Keene, N.H.) – extremely rare and in virtually perfect condition – sold for $57,330 at Norman C. Heckler & Company’s Auction 108, a tidy online-only affair that saw just under 100 bottles come up for bid, but they were strong examples in a wide variety of categories. “This was not our biggest sale ever, that’s for sure, but what we offered were great bottles and a broad range of bottle types,” said Norman Heckler. “We had early glass, historical flasks, colored medicines, w...


Just under 100 rare and exceptional bottles will be sold in Heckler's absentee auction #108, March 17-26

Released: February 12, 2014

(WOODSTOCK, Conn.) – Heckler’s absentee Auction 108 will offer 96 exceptional glass items in a compact but potent sale, beginning March 17th and ending March 26th (at 10 p.m EST). A full color catalog will be available online soon, at www.hecklerauction.com. “This won’t be our biggest sale ever, but I’m extremely pleased with the quality and rarity of the bottles and glass being offered.” said Norman Heckler. “This auction includes exceptional pieces in a surprising number of bottle collecting categories including early glass, historical flasks, colored medicines, whimsey hats, bitter...


This Sunburst Snuff Jar, made by Keene Marlboro Street Glassworks (circa 1815-1830) should fetch $20,000-$40,000.

Just under rare and exceptional bottles will be sold in Heckler's absentee auction #108, March 17-26

Released: February 12, 2014

(WOODSTOCK, Conn.) – Heckler’s absentee Auction 108 will offer 96 exceptional glass items in a compact but potent sale, beginning March 17th and ending March 26th (at 10 p.m EST). A full color catalog will be available online soon, at www.hecklerauction.com. “This won’t be our biggest sale ever, but I’m extremely pleased with the quality and rarity of the bottles and glass being offered.” said Norman Heckler. “This auction includes exceptional pieces in a surprising number of bottle collecting categories including early glass, historical flasks, colored medicines, whimsey hats, bitter...


This is the only known example of a Henry Sadler label under glass flask.  It will be auctioned Jan.  10-19.

Nearly 200 rare and vintage bottles will be sold online Jan. 10-19 by American Bottle Auctions

Released: December 2, 2013

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -  The only known example of a Henry Sadler label under glass flask, a quarter-sawn oak advertising chair for the Shea Bocqueraz Company (distributors of Teacup and Teakettle whiskey), and a gorgeous green St. Drake 1860 Plantation bitters bottle are just a few of the expected top lots in American Bottle Auctions’ internet and catalog auction #59. The 184 rare and vintage bottles will be available for online viewing starting Jan. 8, at the American Bottle Auctions website (www.americanbottle.com). The auction will run from Friday, Jan. 10, to Sunday, Jan. 19, a...


This Cornucopia-Pinwheel American figured flask, half-pint, made circa 1820-1840, will be sold Nov.  4-13 online.

Early glass, bottles and flasks will be sold by Norman C. Heckler & Co. in a premier absentee auction, Nov. 4-13

Released: September 26, 2013

 (WOODSTOCK, Conn.) – What could well be one of Norman C. Heckler & Company’s most important absentee sales ever held will open for bidding on Monday, Nov. 4th at 9 a.m. (EST) and end Wednesday, Nov. 13th at 10 p.m. Offered will be 152 lots of early glass, historical flasks, fancy colognes, hat whimsies, bitters, medicines, inks, a fruit jar, black glass and more. It’s Auction #106 and Norman C. Heckler & Company is billing it as “a premier absentee auction of early glass, bottles, flasks and more.” Company president Norman C. Heckler called the selection of bottles “unbeli...


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