15 November 2023, 14:32

Fine bottles at Holabird Western Americana auction

Fine bottles at Holabird Western Americana auction
The world of bottle collecting came alive at Holabird's four-day Western Americana auction, "Raise a Glass to Yesteryear."
On the third day of the event, enthusiasts competed for more than 100 bottles, but the highlight was an aqua soda bottle dating from 1870 to 1890 and bearing the name of James Talbot, one of Nevada's soda water pioneers. This unique piece went under the hammer for an impressive $3,750.

Bottles designed to hold soda water have a rich history, dating back to the late 1600s. After the introduction of sparkling water in 1832, bottle designs began to evolve to withstand the pressure of these sparkling drinks. Collectors are drawn not only to the history but also to the visual appeal of these bottles, especially given their compact size compared to some other collectibles.

There are more than 40 other bottles in the auction, including an emerald green bottle from WS Wright that sold for $2,375.
Also on display were three bottles of Indian sodas, including an aquamarine Sulfur Springs Bottling Works Crown Top, a clear-spotted Weleetka Bottling Works Crowntop and a Ravia Bottling Works Hutch, which may be lacquered.
Also featured on the sales pedestal is a clear Washington Bar flask with a metal cap and a screw cap, dating to circa 1905. This example sold for $3,375.

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