Perfect Goldbaum back bar bottle could bring $20,000

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – An Internet auction closing May 7 is offering hundreds of rare, vintage and highly collectible bottles. Examples include an amazing offering of blown three-mold inkwells, a great collection of back bar bottles and some excellent Western whiskey bottles and flasks. All will change hands in the American Bottle Auctions’ Internet and catalog sale running April 29-May 7.

“We’ve assigned robust estimates to the blown three-mold inkwells, because they’re so rare we expect them to do quite well,” said Jeff Wichmann of American Bottle Auctions. “In the back bar bottle category, we have the only perfect example of a Julius Goldbaum known to exist. And the Cutter crown shoulder and Castle whiskey flasks are two extremely desirable bottles.”

By far the expected superstar lot of the sale is the Julius Goldbaum back bar bottle, which should realize $10,000 to $20,000 or more. Goldbaum was a well-known liquor distributor in the Tucson, Ariz., area from 1887-1903, before Arizona had even become a state (in 1912). The bottle, a spin mold fifth Jule’s Bourbon, even says “A.T.”, which stands for “Arizona Territory.”

It is an exceptional bottle, having been discovered in the basement of Goldbaum’s home by the person who bought his property in the 1940s. The bottle, in pristine condition, was there among some papers and artifacts. It is quite possibly the finest back bar bottle in existence, boasting an applied top with enamel writing and hand-painted gold design.

The blown three-mold inkwells are also expected to generate tremendous bidder interest, including geometric inkwell (GII-18c, circa 1815-1835): Graded 9.9 out of 10 for condition, this inkwell was made by Boston & Sandwich Glassworks, in limited numbers. This very inkwell was pictured in “Ink Bottles & Inkwells,” by Covill ($4,000-$8,000).

Several rare blown three-mold inkwells, made between 1815-1835, are expected to draw interest.

To learn more about American Bottle Auctions and the April 29-May 7 Internet and catalog sale, call 800-806-7722 or email the gallery.

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