Bitters bottles still tops at ABA Spring sale

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – American Bottle Auctions concluded its recent spring sale of 207 antique bottles, with the market still seeing strong results and high demand for good examples of rare American bottles.

antique bottleTwo lots in particular drew the attention of bidders, as well as auctioneer Jeff Wichsel.

A rare jar (right) and an excellent bitters bottle (left) topped American Bottle Auctions’ recent spring sale.

The first was lot 204, a bottle known as the People’s Favorite Bitters. Previous to this sale, there were only three known examples of this bottle, and the one that crossed the block at ABA was found by a woman in Kansas while her parents were demolishing an old house.

With spirited biddings, the bottle exceeded expectations and sold for $25,760.

Another rare and exceptional piece was a jar found by a woman who had just moved into an old farmhouse in Naperville, Ohio. It was one of only a handful known and the finest example know to date. She found it in a cupboard while looking around the place. More than likely, the bottle had sat in the same cupboard for the last 150 years. After all that time, the bottle appreciated in value to $17,360.

The sale total brought in almost $280,000, inclusive of the 12 percent buyer’s fee.