AUCTION 42 – FALL 2016

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Ginger Beers

GB001 Gurds Maritime Display Bottle

Minimum Bid: $1500

Range:$2000-3000

Sold: $2150

In its time, the Gurd's Company was certainly one of Canada's largest makers of soda water with branches in both Montreal and Saint John NB. The company was successful in part because they did a lot of advertising. This display size bottle was made to advertise the products of their Maritime (Saint John) branch. This is a mammouth size bottle - standing just under 31" tall and weighing 30 pounds! These remarkable bottles were made by the Medalta Potteries. I would suggest these are some of the most fabulously unique items to have come from Medalta. They could not have made many. These bottles are extremely rare. The condition of this one is excellent. There is a 1" base edge chip at the rear. Otherwise this piece is perfect.

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GB002 Statue Brand - Calgary

Minimum Bid: $400

Range:$600-800

Sold: $400

The Statue Brand Aerated Water Co is one of Western Canada's most attractive ginger beers. This bottle is near impossible to find in good condition. Over the years, I have sold several with major reconstruction. This one is near mint. Small patch of underglaze stain left side towards the base. If you have wanted a good one of these, this is the best I have ever seen!

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GB003 Gaden's - St Johns

Minimum Bid: $400

Range:$600-800

Sold: $650

J.R. Bennett's Gaden's Aerated Water Works is Newfoundland's only transfer printed ginger beer. These are rare bottles that are tough to find in good condition. This is the best example I have seen in years. Couple of real minor rust spots that would likely clean (right bottom). 1/4" underglaze line (mid body front left of transfer). Real minor stuff. A beautiful example of a rare Newfoundland ginger beer.

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GB004 Edmonton Bottling Works

Minimum Bid: $300

Range:$400-600

Sold: $600

The Edmonton Bottling Works is one of Alberta's rarest ginger beers. These are impossible to find in good condition. Over the years, I have sold just a couple of these bottles and they have always been badly cracked. This one is near mint! Potstone in the transfer (in manufacturing). The transfer is a bit runny at the very bottom where the Barnett & Foster mark appears. The best possible example.

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GB005 Simmons - Charlottetown

Minimum Bid: $250

Range:$300-400

Sold: $450

The G.H. Simmons Charlottetown is a scarce bottle that is very tough to find in good condition. This example has a 1/2" flat flake off the top right side. Otherwise this one is in excellent shape. A restoration to the flake would cost only about $25. Restored this one would display mint.

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GB006 Ferris & Frederickson - Charlottetown

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $325

This blob top variant of the Ferris & Frederickson is Charlottetown (and PEIs) rarest ginger beer. Mint examples have sold for over $2000. This one has heavy cracking on the face and right side. Also some sm hairlines in the blob. Here is your chance to own one without spending the rent.

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GB007 Sweets - Montreal

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $375

A wonderful display cooler ginger beer from Dr. Sweets Montreal. This is a big bottle at 22" tall. Two pieces. The top is near mint, with just a few tiny chips off the edge. The base is cracked in two places at the rear. There is a 6" crack coming down from a heavy 1/2" chip (just above the transfer). There is a second 6" crack that arcs from just below the transfer to the left. As you can see from the photo, this damage is not easy to see. The piece displays perfect from the front. Original brass spigot.

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GB008 Meikle - Vancouver

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $200

A scarce Meikle Bros Vancouver ginger beer. 4" hairline at rear. Otherwise a very clean example. Displays perfect. Marked and matching stopper.

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GB009 Phillips - Calgary

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: Not

There are several variations of the Phillips Old English stone ginger beer bottles from Calgary. This is by far the hardest one to find. Almost certainly made by Medalta. This one is dead mint.

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GB010 Polar Aerated - Calgary

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $250

A beautiful near mint example of the Polar Aerated Water Works from Calgary. Sm potstone in the transfer (right on the rear of the bear!), but otherwise excellent. Hands-down one of Canada's best transfers.

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GB011 Murray - London

Minimum Bid: $250

Range:$400-500

Sold: $450

I have always loved the John Murray ginger beers from London. A scarce Canadian bottle, likely made by the Glass Brothers (also of London). This example is mint. Lots of character to the tan glaze.

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GB012 Robertson - St. Catharines

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $230

This Thomas Robertson from St. Catharines is the nicest example of this bottle I have seen. Dead mint. Beautiful simple leaf trademark. Perfect.

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GB013 Taylor & Pringle

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $400

A beautiful example of the Taylor & Pringle Ginger Beer from Owen Sound. Professional restoration to some base edge chips. Incredible repair job that is impossible to see. One of the cleanest examples of this bottle I have ever seen. Lots of character to this one with the drippy white glaze around the top and neck. The line of white glaze on the neck is the way this bottle was made and is not any kind of repair. A scarce Canadian bottle made by the Brantford Stoneware Co.

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GB014 Crozier - Orangeville

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $200

This James Crozier English Ginger Beer from Orangeville is one of the nicest examples I have handled. Professional restoration to the top that is so good I could barely tell. Very clean bottle that is notorious for poor condition. On the base are the initials "J.C", which I have not seen before. A scarce Canadian bottle made by the Brantford Stoneware Co.

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GB015 Bridge & Perry - Kingston

Minimum Bid: $300

Range:$500-600

Sold: $425

This auction we have three scarce ginger beers from a succession of Kingston bottlers. Note that all three companies advertised Royal Export ginger beer under a crown trademark. Bridge & Perry established the business and operated from 1902-03. A very short time. Good examples of their bottles are near impossible to find. This one is a near mint example. 1 1/2" inch underglaze line in the neck on the right side. This is not damage, but simply a line from the manufacturing. Certainly one of the best examples in existence.

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GB016 Perry - Kingston

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $200

In 1903, O.R. Perry went it alone and operated under his name until 1911. A scarce bottle in its own right. This example has professional restoration to the lip that is near impossible to see. Displays perfect.

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GB017 Horne - Kingston

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $150

S.V. Horne bought out Perry in 1911 and operated for more than 30 years in Kingston. Horne bottles are scarce. This example has professional restoration to the top of the bottle that is so good it is hard to determine the extent of the repair? I suspect the top has been replaced. Displays perfect.

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GB018 Tyo - Kingston

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $250

A scarce Alex Tyo Ginger Beer from Kingston. Some heavy base edge separation marks - which are from the manufacturing. Profesional restoration to base edge chipping that is extremely well done. Couple of rubs on the front above the transfer, from burial. A good example of a tough bottle.

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GB019 Dolan Bros - St. John

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $450

A sweet pint size 1910 Dolan Bros St. John Stone Ginger Beer. Excellent condition with a few rubs and a tiny bit of rust from burial. Marked and matching stopper.

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GB020 Day - Belleville

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $150

A mint example of the scarce Harry Day Old Time Brewed Ginger Beer from Belleville. A lovely bottle is perfect condition.

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GB021 St. Kitts Brewed GB

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $150

A real nice example of the St. Kitt's (St. Catharines) brewed ginger beer. Near mint with the tiniest stopper hole flake right side. Original marked and matching stopper.

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GB022 A.O.C Hamilton

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $150

A professionally restored example of the Arthur Challand English Ginger Beer from Hamilton. An extremely tough bottle to find. This is the one pictured in the book. A scarce Canadian bottle made by the Brantford Stoneware Co.

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GB023 Horsman - Campbellford

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $150

A few years ago, a dig in Campbellford unearthed a large number of Horsman ginger beers. Very few of this stovepipe type were found. This remains a scarce ginger beer. This example is near mint with the tiniest 1/8" hairline in the crown rim rear. Very clean bottle.

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GB024 Crescent Bottling Works - Niagara Falls

Minimum Bid: $100

Range:$150-200

Sold: $100

A mint example of the Stone Ginger Beer by the Crescent Bottling Works of Niagara Falls. A lovely bottle in a small slender style.

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GB025 Simmonds Charlottetown Pair

Minimum Bid: $100

Range:$150-200

Sold: $100

A pair of Simmonds primtiives from Charlottetown PEI. The smaller one on the left just has Simmons incised. Excellent shape with a bit of rust on the right side that could be cleaned. The larger one has G. Simmons Charlottetown incised. Minor 1/4 flake off the blob front.

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GB026 McLaughlin - Three City

Minimum Bid: $100

Range:$150-200

Sold: $250

A nice example of the blue top three city JJ McLaughlin ginger shandy. 4" hairline to the right of the transfer. Couple of tiny glaze flakes off the blue lip.

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GB027 Tommy Burns - Calgary

Minimum Bid: $100

Range:$150-200

Sold: $230

A Tommy Burns ginger beer from Calgary. 1" heavy chip base edge rear. Heavy rub shoulder rear. All the damage is at the back, so this one displays perfect.

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GB028 Thompson - Kingston

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: $75

A nice example of the stovepipe type James Thompson ginger beer from Kingston. Professional repair to the crown lip. 1" hairline crack shoulder rear.

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GB029 Toronto Ginger Beer Pair

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: $85

This lot has two Toronto ginger beers. The Howel's Stone-Ginger is a near mint example. Unseparated base edge chip front left. The Toronto Stone Ginger Beer Co is near mint with only minor imperfections.

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GB030 Ginger Beer Threesome

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: $75

This lot contains three bottles. The D. Knox Peterboro has a 1" heavy grind mark on the shoulder rear, but is otherwise very clean. The blue green top Gurds has a deep 1" base edge chip rear. The Robertson Toronto is dead mint.

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GB031 Wilson - Toronto

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: $140

A real nice example of a pint size Charles Wilson Toronto. Likely a Canadian made bottle by the Glass Brothers (London, Ont). Mint condition.

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GB032 Ginger Beer Threesome

Minimum Bid: $50

Range:$75-100

Sold: $110

This lot has three ginger beers. The Gurds Montreal has a 5" very fine hairline down the face. The Terriss blue top St. John is mint. The Wilson & Sullivan Halifax has a very fine 2" hairline in the front, a 1/4" lip chip rear, and some rust.

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GB033 Verner - Toronto

Minimum Bid: $50

Range:$75-100

Sold: $110

A dead mint example of a John Verner Toronto. A common bottle in uncommonly good shape.

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GB034 Clark Bros - Toronto

Minimum Bid: $50

Range:$75-100

Sold: $70

A near mint example of the Clark Bros Toronto. Tiny flake off the blob rim front. A great clean example of this bottle.

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GB035 Atkinson - Guelph

Minimum Bid: $50

Range:$75-100

Sold: $55

A W. Atkinson ginger beer from Guelph. Badly replaced top. A good candidate for a professional restoration.

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Stoneware

Fruit Jars

Ginger Beers

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