Corn figural bitters may shuck $5K in bottle sale

WOODSTOCK, Conn. — An impressive selection of more than 200 antique bottles, flasks and more, from several prominent collections, will be offered in an absentee online auction slated for May 13-22 hosted by Norman C. Heckler & Company.

Pegged to be one of the top sellers of the sale is this National Bitters figural bottle in the form of an ear of corn, circa 1860-1880. (Photo courtesy Norman C. Heckler & Co.)

Pegged to be one of the top sellers of the sale is this National Bitters figural bottle in the form of an ear of corn, circa 1860-1880. (Photo courtesy Norman C. Heckler & Co.)

Headlining the sale will be bottles from the collection of John April, a broad-based collector and fan of early bottles, and 42 pictorial and historical flasks from the collection of Mike Roberts.

Bidding officially begins Monday, May 13, at 9 a.m. (EST) and concludes on Monday, May 22, at 10 p.m. In addition to online bidding, telephone, fax, absentee, postal mail and e-mail bids will also be accepted.

“This is shaping up as our most important Opportunity Auction to date,” said Norman C. Heckler. “Offered will be early glass whiskeys, historical flasks, black glass, bitters, fruit jars, inks, medicines, hat whimseys and more. There really will be something for just about everybody and at price points for all levels of collector.”

Expected to vie for the top lot spot are a bright yellow National Bitters figural bottle in the form of an ear of corn, circa 1860-1880, in fine condition ($2,500-$5,000) and a Clark’s Superior Record Ink master ink bottle, made in New England around 1820-1848 ($2,000-$4,000). Both items are from the collection of John April.

The Mike Roberts collection features a group of eight scroll flasks, made in the mid-to-late 1800s, and carries presale estimates between $500 and $4,000; as well as a half-dozen cornucopia-urn pictorial flasks, some dating back to 1820, and estimated to b

Brilliant blue blown three mold hat salt, made by the Boston and Sandwich Glass Works, circa 1825-1835, is expected to fetch $500 to $1,000. (Photo courtesy Norman C. Heckler & Co.)

Brilliant blue blown three mold hat salt, circa 1825-1835, is expected to fetch $500 to $1,000. (Photo courtesy Norman C. Heckler & Co.)

ring $200 to $800 each.

Also pegged as standout items of this sale:

• Group of three clasped hands/eagle historical flasks made in Midwest America, circa 1855, expected to sell for between $300 and $800 each

• Multiple lots of fancy and figural 19th century cologne bottles, expected to fetch $300 to $1,000 per lot

• Whimsical brilliant cobalt blue blown three-mold hat salt, circa 1825, which carries a presale estimate of $500 to $1,000.

To learn more about Norman C. Heckler & Company’s May Opportunity Auction (May 13-22), visit www.hecklerauction.com, call 860-974-1634 or e-mail info@hecklerauction.com.

 

 

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