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Advertising joins online bottles sale

American Bottle Auctions’ next sale, July 11-20, boasts a diverse selection of bottles along with several antique and vintage advertising lots.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Nearly 200 lots – many of which are rare and highly collectible bottles – will all come up for bid in American Bottle Auctions’ online and catalog sale (Auction #60) running July 11-20 at

“We have many highlights, and these include some rare colored historical flasks, in

George Washington/Zachary Taylor historical quart

GI-51 George Washington/Zachary Taylor historical quart flask, with a ton of bubbles and crudity (est. $4,000-$8,000). (Photo courtesy American Bottle Auctions)

particular a series of Washington/Taylor quarts exhibiting incredible colors and other beautiful examples,” said Jeff Wichmann of American Bottle Auctions. “We also have the Weimer collection of over 35 rare and desirable bitters bottles, plus a great selection of equally scarce advertising pieces.”

Wichmann added, “We have over 35 western whiskey fifths and another 20 western whiskey flasks. These, too, are quite hard to find and will be very appealing to collectors. The cathedral pickles in this auction are probably the finest collection we’ve had in years, with some terrific true colored pickles and pepper sauces. We also have some items never before seen at auction.”

A strong candidate for top lot promises to be a Durham Whiskey (E. Chielovich & Co.) western fifth with embossed steer, one of only six known. Made circa 1876-1882, it should hammer for $5,000 to $10,000. A star lot of the advertising category is a Hall, Luhrs & Co. pressed metal sign for “Our Taste” hams, with pig graphic, very colorful and rare, circa 1905 ($1,000-$3,000).

Advertising lots feature a pair of Buffalo Brewing Company (Sacramento, Calif.) pieces, including a 20-inch-by-14-inch corner sign in sky and navy blue, made from iron and enamel and paint and graded 7 ($1,000-$2,000); and a circa 1910, 24-inch diameter charger for Bohemian (“That’s Delicious”) Beer, showing a graphic of a pretty girl ($500-$1,000). Other noteworthy advertising pieces include a Wunder Beer (San Francisco) charger, 18 inches in diameter, with enamel and paint and showing a colorful scene of wheat and hops ($2,000-$4,000); and a Cyrus Noble Pure Rye self-framed metal advertising sign, 30 inches by 24 inches, graded 9 ($2,000-$3,000).

pressed metal sign for hams

Hall, Luhrs & Company pressed metal sign for hams (“Our Taste”), with pig graphic, made circa 1905 (est. $1,000-$3,000). (Photo courtesy American Bottle Auctions)

The standard American Bottle Auction rules will apply to this Auction #60; visit for details, or contact 800-806-7722 or