Individuals who gather bottles are sometimes drawn to them for his or her magnificence and historical past, and likewise as a result of they’re small and don’t take up as a lot house as another collectibles.
At Holabird Western Americana’s four-day “Raise a Glass to Yesteryear” sale August 24-27, bidders had been keen to accumulate the bottles provided in Day 3’s public sale. Collectors had greater than 100 bottles to select from, together with the highest lot: an aqua soda bottle, circa 1870-1890, from James Talbot, one of many pioneering soda water producers in Nevada, that offered for $3,750. It’s thought of one of many rarest and greatest trying Western aqua sodas.
Soda bottles, created to carry soda water, date again to the late 1600s. In 1832, the primary carbonated water was launched, and bottles had been designed to face up to the strain of the carbonated beverage.
Over 40 different soda bottles had been provided within the sale, together with a uncommon emerald inexperienced magnificence, circa 1861 to 1867, by W.S. Wright that could be the one identified complete emerald instance that offered for $2,375; a trio of Indian Territory black embossed soda bottles consisting of an aqua sulphur Springs Bottling Works crown high, a Weleetka Bottling works clear/stained crowntop, and a Ravia Bottling Works Hutch, which may be a varnished clear to mild aqua, that offered for $2,125; and a particularly uncommon aqua soda bottle, circa 1899 to 1906, by Elko Bottling Works that fetched $1,875.
Beer, liquor, wine and spirit bottles are additionally widespread classes. Till the late 1800s, beer was offered in kegs and needed to be consumed in a short while interval earlier than it will go dangerous. When the method of pasteurization was launched in 1876, beer was bottled and offered alongside the railway system. Liquor was one of many first causes bottles had been used, beginning within the early sixteenth century, and there are a big variety of completely different designs and kinds made all through the years. Probably the most collectible liquor and spirits bottles are these made earlier than 1919 when Prohibition began.
Among the many beer and liquor bottles collectors clamored for within the Holabird sale had been a lot of six different aqua and clear Anchor Steam beer bottles, together with 5 from the Oklahoma Territory, that offered for $2,000, double the excessive estimate of $1,000; a trio of uncommon Quaker Metropolis gilt monogram whiskey bottles, together with a bar again bottle and two decanters, circa 1890 to 1910, from Sam Barets Importing Co., Denver, Colorado, that offered for $1,188; and a uncommon amber tooled high fifth Wm. Provis/Tremendous Liquors/Grass Valley bottle that introduced $938, greater than double its excessive estimate of $400.
Different high sellers within the public sale included a rare clear pocket flask bottle with a metal screw cap, circa 1905, from Washington Bar that fetched $3,375; a set of 9 Oklahoma-embossed milk bottles that introduced $3,250, 1000’s greater than the excessive estimate of $200; and a trio of clear Colorado seltzer bottles that offered for $2,125, additionally hovering above the excessive estimate of $600.