‘Firecracker flask’ sets new world record

WOODSTOCK, Conn. – A new world record for the highest selling bottle at auction was set April 2 after Heckler Auctions sold a light blue bottle, dubbed the “firecracker flask,” for $100,620.

antique trader bottles price guideThe bottle is referred to as the “firecracker flask” because of the names of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson embossed on the medial ridge of the flask, along with the date of 1776. Adams and Jefferson both died on the 4th of July 1826. This flask is in commemoration of that event. This example is one of the few known in the color blue and in excellent condition. The sale price includes a 17 percent buyer’s premium.

The bottle is described as: “General Washington” and Bust – “T.W. D.” and Eagle Portrait Flask, Kensington Glass Works, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1820-1840. Brilliant deep sapphire blue, inward rolled mouth – pontil scar, pint. GI-14 Exceptional color in this “firecracker” flask. Strong impression and extremely rare color. A great bottle in every way. Ex William Pollard collection, Warren C. Lane, Jr. collection.”

 The auction catalog can be viewed at HecklerAuction.com.

 The new record will beat the old record set by American Bottle Auctions of Sacramento, Calif., for the sale of a Bryant’s cone-shaped Bitters bottle.

That bottle sold for $68,750, a record in 1999.

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