Rare green western whiskey bottle may cap off at $6,000

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A St. Drake’s Plantation X Bitters bottle, made circa 1862-1872 and one of only a few known in the very rare blue-green color, is expected to sell for $20,000 to $40,000 at American Bottle Auctions’ next Internet and catalog sale (#58),

St. Drake's Plantation X Bitters bottle in the very rare blue green color may command the top lot spot, with an expected sale price of between $20,000 and $40,000. (Photo courtesy American Bottle Auctions)

St. Drake’s Plantation X Bitters bottle in the very rare blue green color (est. $20,000 to $40,000. (Photo courtesy American Bottle Auctions)

which goes online Friday, June 2 and concludes Sunday, June 30.

About 150 highly collectible bottles – many of them premium whiskey bottles and scarce high-condition handled whiskeys – will come up for bid in an auction that American Bottle Auctions owner Jeff Wichmann described as “one of the better auctions we’ve had in some time, with something for everyone in all price ranges – the good, the great, the ultra-rare.”

The St. Drakes Plantation Bitters most definitely fits into the ultra-rare category. Wichmann added, “It may be the best colored bottle of any type out there. It’s also one of the finest bottles we’ve ever sold. It has all three elements of a great bottle – color, condition and, of course, rarity.”

The bottle could actually be called turquoise, which is significant because the difference between blue-green and green-blue can be dramatic when determining rarity and value. The word Drake’s is weak (possibly from the bottle being removed from the mold too quickly) and there is some light wear on a roof edge corner, but it is still graded 9.7 out of 10 for condition.

Another potential superstar of the sale is a 9-inch quart scroll flask, graded near-perfect at 9.8 and with a pre-auction estimate of $10,000 to $20,000.

The auction will also feature sodas, whiskeys from both the East and West, bitters and more. A J.H. Cutter Old Bourbon (A.P. Hotaling & Co., Sole Agents) bottle – one of the few Western whiskeys that were actually made in green – should realize $3,000 to $6,000. It is the earliest of the Cutter bottles, made from 1869-1871, and it has a unique large top and shape (a prototype for the Western whiskeys to come). With loads of whittle, the bottle is graded 9.8.

For more information, call A.B.A. toll-free at 800-806-7722 or email info@americanbottle.com, or visit www.americanbottle.com.

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