Glass Masonic Eagle Flask fetches $17,360 at bottle auction

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Glass Masonic Eagle Flask fetches $17,360 at bottle auction

22 May 2012, 11:28 GMT+01

American Bottle Auctions’ April-May sale was headlined by a rare Justus Perry early blown glass Masonic Eagle flask, which achieved an impressive $17,360.

The flask was made by the Keene-Marlboro Street Glass Works, circa 1822-40. It is of an unusual rich purple-blue coloured glass, featuring an embossed image of an eagle and crest on the front, and Masonic designs on the reverse. Such colouring is extremely rare, and its Masonic history made it a very desirable item for collectors.

The auction featured 195 bottles, most made between 1850 and 1900. Pieces from this period are highly coveted by glass collectors, as the embossing techniques were particularly notable. Particularly favoured were the rare territory soda bottles dating from a time when American states were just territories, western whiskey and gin bottles, medicine bottles and historical flasks. Over 1,000 bids were placed, the whole auction totalling £300,000. Jeff Wichmann of American Bottle Auctions attested that there wasn’t a single lot that wasn’t fought over by the 233 bidders.

The second highest price realised was for a Victorian target ball, a bauble stuffed with feathers and sawdust, to be catapulted from spring loaded traps and shot at for target practice. This example was made by the Johnston Great Western Gun Works of Pittsburgh, of purple glass with embossed lettering. It sold for $12,880.

An unopened medicine bottle from the 1850s sold for $8,400. The bottle of Wynkoop and Co’s tonic mixture for fever and ague and exterminator, of blue glass with strong embossed lettering, was found by the consigner in the attic of an abandoned Indiana gas station.

An Old Pioneer Whisky bottle of yellow amber glass graded 10/10 for condition sold for $6,720, a London Jockey Clubhouse Gin bottle with an embossed image of a horse and rider claimed $5,600, two pineapple bitters bottles in green fetched $6,160 and $4,704, and a Lacor’s Bitters Sarsapariphere bottle in amber sold for $3,584.

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See also

Main article: American Bottle Auctions
Main article: Glass
Main article: Glass Antiques
Main article: Bottles
Main article: Antique Glass Bottles
Main article: List of types of bottle

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