Drink it up: Sadler flask might top $3,000 at bottle auction


The only known example of a Henry Sadler label under glass flask, a quarter-sawn oak advertising chair for the Shea Bocqueraz Co. (distributors of Teacup and Teakettle

Henry Sadler flask

The only known example of a Henry Sadler (Salt Lake City, Utah) label under glass flask.

whiskey) and a green St. Drake 1860 Plantation bitters bottle are just a few of the expected top lots in American Bottle Auctions’ internet and catalog auction No. 59 to be held Jan. 10-19, 2014, at www.americanbottle.com.

The lineup includes sodas; whiskeys (both fifths and flasks); bitters (Eastern and Western); colored pontil medicines; historical flasks; inkwells; gins, sarsaparillas; liquors; early chestnuts; and pickle and fruit jars.

The name Henry Sadler is iconic in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he was a liquor importer and wholesaler beginning in 1860. The label under glass flask bearing his name – 5-3/4 inches tall, with original metal cap – is rare and in Near Mint condition. The woman in the portrait strongly favors Annie Oakley. The flask should realize $2,000 to $3,000.

The Shea Bocqueraz Co. was a San Francisco-based liquor distributor (1888-1903). The all-original oak chair being sold was made for the firm as a promotional giveaway. It stands 41 inches tall, with an 18-inch-wide seat – and has a carved imp (Leprechaun) at the top ($2,000-$5,000).

The St. Drake 1860 Plantation X bitters, patented 1862 on the reverse and with an applied top, is colored a medium green, leaning toward citron ($5,000-$10,000).

From sodas and waters, two highlights are a Pacific Congress Water Springs (Saratoga, Calif.) Western mineral water bottle, pastel green, graded 9.7 ($2,000-$3,000) and a circa 1851-1863 M.R. Sacramento/Union Glassworks (Phila., Pa.) soda, the variant where “Sacramento” is spelled correctly ($500-$1,500).

An outstanding example of a London Jockey Clubhouse Gin bottle with embossed horse and rider, golden yellow in color is graded 9.7 ($2,000-$5,000). A 7-inch-tall New England Glassworks concentric ring eagle flask, with the eagle on both sides and in the smaller pint-sized variant, is graded 9.2, ($2,000-$4,000).

Two bitters carry identical presale estimates of $2,000 to $4,000: a Greeley’s Bourbon bitters with applied top and smooth base and strawberry puce in color and a Catawba Wine bitters with an embossed cluster of grapes.

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