AUCTION 40 – FALL 2015

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Western Ginger Beers

GB001 Astrico - Victoria

Minimum Bid: $600

Range:$1000-1200

Sold: $750

Andrew Astrico was the owner of the Pacific Telegraph Hotel in Victoria, established in 1871. This is one of BC rarest ginger beers. It may well also be BC's earliest stone bottle. This example had early repairs to both some chips in the lip and a missing piece of the base edge. We had the bottle professionally restored. It now displays perfectly.

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GB002 Colbert - Saskatoon

Minimum Bid: $400

Range:$600-800

Sold: $750

There are exactly six types of ginger beers known to me from Saskatchewan bottlers. This lightning stopper style P.T. Colbert quart is the one Sask ginger beer that I have never had before. In fact, we could not even find one to photograph for the book, so we had to recycle an old blk/wht re-print. Needless to say, this one is extremely rare. The bottle is a type that was made by the Brantford Stoneware Company. This example is in excellent condition. Three chips to the lip have been professionally restored. The colour of the restoration is not quite a perfect match. Displays perfect. This is a very clean bottle with no stain or rust and a crisp transfer.

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GB003 Stanley Park - Vancouver BC-30

Minimum Bid: $250

Range:$400-500

Sold: $250

The Stanley Park is a classic BC ginger beer. It is also a rare bottle. If we have ever sold one, it has been a long long time since. This example displays perfect, but there is a 6" clean hairline at rear that runs from just under the blob to the base. Also a couple of tiny flea bites to the sharp shoulder. Munderloh mark. Stopper is a Thorpe type.

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GB004 Calgary Aerated Water Co AB-02

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $150

This Statue Brand Calgary Aerated Water Co is another iconic Canadian ginger beer, albeit with an American symbol of salvation and freedom. One of the West's best transfers. This example was dug and there are numerous fine glaze cracks, rubs, and some rust. Heavy base edge chipping rear. The condition reads worse than it is. This bottle displays well. Lovatt mark.

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GB005 Vancouver Breweries Ltd BC-40

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: $75

A scarce example of the two tone Vancouver Breweries Ltd. Two 4" clean hairlines down the left and right sides and a heavy 1" chip out of the back of the blob. Displays well. Meikle marked top. Bourne Denby bottle.

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GB006 Meikle Bros - Vancouver BC-25

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: $170

This Meikle Bros with star trademark is a scarce Vancouver ginger beer. This example displays well but there is a 5" clean hairline that runs from the shoulder to the base down the right side. Marked and matching stopper. Barnett Foster mark.

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GB007 Pair of Drewery Winnipeg

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: $170

A lot of two E.L. Drewery quarts from Winnipeg. The left one is in very good condition. Potstone at shoulder above the transfer and a bit of rust at the rear. The right one has some heavy scrapes from burial. Both Price Bristol Marked.

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GB008 Polar Aerated Water Works - Calgary AB-09

Minimum Bid: $50

Range:$75-100

Sold: $100

This Polar Aerated Water Works from Calgary has a bad crack that runs from the neck to the base, through the transfer. Otherwise a clean and intact example.

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GB009 Pair of Empire Brewing Co - Brandon MB-11 MB-10

Minimum Bid: $50

Range:$75-100

Sold: $120

Two variant of The Empire Brewing Co Ltd Brandon quart ginger beers. The left one with the dark reddish brown top is near mint. Great glaze character to this one. The right one has a replaced top, but it is a good job. A few base edge chips. This one is made by the Brantford Stoneware Co.

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GB010 Pair of Empire Brewing Co - Brandon MB-09 MB-08

Minimum Bid: $50

Range:$75-100

Sold: $50

Two variants of The Empire Brewing Co Ltd Brandon quart ginger beers. The left one with the heavy transfer has a 7" crack in the rear, a 1/2" lip chip, some heavy rubs and rust. The right one is in good condition. 1/4" flake plus a couple of tiny ones off the front base edge. Marked and matching stopper.

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GB011 Pair of Blackwood's Winnipeg

Minimum Bid: $50

Range:$75-100

Sold: $70

Two quite different variants of the Blackwood's Royal Edinburgh quarts. The left one is a mint example and a beautiful bottle. Price Bristol marked. The right one is heavily and poorly restored.

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GB012 Brandon Brewing Co Pair

Minimum Bid: $50

Range:$75-100

Sold: $110

A pair of Brandon Brewing Co quarts. Great transfers on these!. The left one displays well but has the top poorly glued back in place and some heavy rust at the rear. The right one has a 1" lip flake taped back in place and some heavy hairline cracking through the transfer.

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GB013 Western Threesome MB-22 MB-21

Minimum Bid: $50

Range:$75-100

Sold: $95

A group lot of three Western ginger beers. The Douglas & King Winnipeg is a scarce type. This one has a couple of unseparated lip chips. Kennedy mark. The Phillips Calgary is the common type. Mint with some nice character to the glaze. The Old English Beverage Co Ltd of Victoria is a near mint example with a marked and matching top.

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GB014 Six Thorpe Bottles

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: $210

This lot features six Thorpe bottles from Vancouver and Victoria. The far left is a lightning stopper type with the Red Hand trademark reverse. This one has a 6" crack at the rear. Faintly marked and matching stopper. Second from the left is a blob top variant with the trademark reverse. Near mint with matching marked stopper. The solid brown incised Thorpe is in near mint condition, with a 1/8" lip chip. Marked and matching stopper. The dark brown crown top Thorpe's Vancouver is a scarcer type. This one has a huge base edge hunk missing at rear, some glaze loss at the shoulder, and a 1/4" lip chip. The two Thorpe & Co Victoria bottles at the right are both near mint. Both with matching marked stoppers. A good starter collection or dealer lot.

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GB015 Six Western Bottles

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: $160

This lot features six Western Canadian ginger beers. The King's Old Country far left has a heavily restored top. Second from left is the common variant. Near mint. The Kirk & Co Victoria West is heavily stained and rubbed from burial. 1/4" flake off the shoulder left side. Meikle marked top. The Regal from Victoria BC has a 4" hairline crack at the left side. Marked and matching stopper. The Cross & Co Vancouver is very good with a 1/4" base edge chip and a tiny bit of rust to the body. Marked and matching stopper. The Ye Old Country Vancouver is mint. A good starter collection or dealer lot.

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GB016 Western Foursome

Minimum Bid: $25

Range:$40-50

Sold: $40

Lot of four Western ginger beers. A pair of Country Club ginger beers from Vancouver. The left one with the more pronounced shoulder is the common type. 6" fine clean hairline down the rear. Price Bristol mark. The "Shandy" style at right is a more scarce variant. Heavy 8" crack down the rear. The Pacific Dry from Vancouver has a poorly reconstructed top. The Crown Brewery is heavily cracked.

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