AUCTION 46 – FALL 2018

Sodas

SD001 Glendinning - Halifax

Minimum Bid: $600

Range:$1000-1200

Sold: $3600

Henry Willam Glendinning became one of Nova Scotia's first bottlers of soda water, when he established his factory in 1836 in Halifax. The company he started would operate for over fifty years before closing in 1890. Fortunately for collectors, Glendinning chose to bottle his earliest products in torpedo style bottles, of which there are at least six different variants. The one we have the pleasure of selling is an early style, likely from the 1850s. It is embossed "H.W. GLENDINNING, HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA" on one side and "GENUINE SODA WATER" on the other. The glass is a bright pale green. The real story of this bottle is its condition. I rarely call any soda mint, as they almost inevitably have some damage. This one is perfect in every way. The embossing is strong and the glass has great clarity and gloss. There is the faintest bit of internal stain, which I expect would clean. A rare opportunity to own one of Nova Scotia's earliest and best soda bottles in dead mint condition.

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SD002 Farquhar - Montreal

Minimum Bid: $600

Range:$1000-1200

Sold: $1650

William Farquhar is first listed in 1842 as a wine merchant in Montreal. By 1848, he was operating a soda factory. Torpedo style bottles from this early factory are extremely rare, with only two examples known to me. While both have the same embossing, this one has all the Ss reversed. Embossed "WILLIAM FARQUHAR'S, SUPERIOR, AERATED SODA WATER, AND, GINGER NECTAR, MONTREAL". The glass is super crude with many seed bubbles. Heavy ground wear and internal stain, particularly in the lower part. The embossing is weak in places, but legible. A possible candidate for tumbling, though its last owner chose not to. One of Montreal's and Quebec's earliest sodas.

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SD003 Sproatt - Toronto

Minimum Bid: $600

Range:$1000-1200

Sold: $1600

Henry Sproatt is first listed in 1837 as a carter, then grocer & provisions merchant. In 1848, he started advertising himself as a ginger beer maker. He operated until 1862. Some of Canada's rarest and most beautiful soda water bottles bear his name. This deep teal coloured torpedo is a stunner! Mint condition. Even the blob lip on this one is perfect. Tumbled clean. Embossed "H. SPROATT, SODA WATER". A beautiful early coloured Canadian torpedo bottle.

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SD004 Eves - Toronto

Minimum Bid: $600

Range:$1000-1200

Sold: $1300

James Eves began the manufacture of soda water in Belleville Canada West in 1857. A couple of years later, he moved to Kingston for a short stay. Around 1861, he moved his business to Toronto where he became a major player on the Toronto soda making scene. There are J. Eves bottles that bear the date 1862 and these are generally thought to be from his first major order of bottles after coming to TO. It is pure conjecture whether the early bottles that do not carry this date are from Belleville, Kingston or Toronto. This J. Eves torpedo was found in the collection of a very lucky construction worker (who also found the Bryce tin top milk in this sale). Sadly, the collector has passed on so I could not ask where he found these gems. The colour of this bottle is a deep teal (basically the same colour as the Sproatt above). I considered tumbling this bottle, but the overall patina looks great. So I will leave it to the next owner to decide. Condition is excellent with just the tiniest fish eye bruise on the inside blob edge. I suspect it would tumble up near mint.

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SD005 Lot of 3 Broken Torpedo Bottles

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $450

I normally will not sell badly damaged bottles, but I will make an exception for this lot. Three rare beheaded Canadian torpedoes. The H&C XX is an early Toronto bottle. I believe these reflect a partnership between William Hall and William Cook. This embossing appears on the rear of several William Hall bottles, so there is no question the "H" is him. No intact examples of this bottle are known. Beautiful rich cobalt glass. Likely from Lockport NY. The J Eves is an early type in a gorgeous pale blue coloured glass. Lots of whittle to this one. The JJ Richards Halifax is the Superior Lemonade type. Aside from being beheaded, this one has a 1/4" bruise and heavy wear. Some nice placeholders that will not cost you a mortgage payment.

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SD006 Riddle & Burns - Toronto

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $450

There is a long and interesting soda water making history behind the Beaver Soda Water Works, extending back into 1850s Toronto Canada West. The iconic name of the business, and its beaver trademark, were established by John Shannon in 1867. A year later, Shannon fell ill and sold the business. He died in 1869. For a very short-time, the business was taken over by Francis Riddell and Alexander Burns. They were together for perhaps a year, before Burns went it alone. Bottles with the Riddell & Burns names are quite rare. This example was dug. There are three sm bruises off the inside blob edge. There is a large open bubble on the side with the 406 address. And the bottle is stained. This reads much worse than it should. The bottle is actually in quite good condition. Tumbled it would be an excellent example.

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SD007 Tune & Robertson - Stratford

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $450

A killer example of a rare Tune & Robertson Stratford quart. The fox head and crossed whips is one of the most wonderfully strange trademarks for a soda company. Strongly embossed. Dead mint. They don't get any better!

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SD008 Matthews - Guelph

Minimum Bid: $100

Range:$150-200

Sold: $400

A terrific example of the Alex Matthews Guelph quart. Winner of the best trademark contest? Honestly, can you beat a dancing Scotsman? I think not. Mint condition. Strong embossing. Crazy good example. Better than yours!

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SD009 Taylor - Strathroy

Minimum Bid: $100

Range:$150-200

Sold: $400

Another great quart soda from R. Taylor of Strathroy. The horse jumping through a horseshoe is one of my peronal favourites. Mint condition. The glass is full of bubbles and even an amber swirl in the lip. Best possible example!

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SD010 Payne & Co - London

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $350

A beautiful early English Hamilton bottle embossed: Payne & Co, Soda Water, 11 Salisbury Place, New Road, London. Rich aqua coloured glass. Near mint with just a tiny bit of stain.

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SD011 Ross & Burton - Hull

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $400

A beautiful early Hamilton bottle from Ross & Burton's Hull. Rolled lip. Likely 1830s. Very light weight bottle. Pale aqua coloured glass. You have to love the huge font used for "HULL". Near mint with only minor imperfections.

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SD012 DeCrunchy & Mayo - London

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $160

An early Hamilton style bottle from DeCrunchy & Mayo London City. Note the 1808 establishment date. This bottle likely dates from the 1830s. There are heavy scratches to the inside of this bottle. I would guess someone tried to clean it with a strong acid and wire brush. This has damaged the inside of the bottle. Otherwise excellent condition with no chips or cracks. Light green coloured glass with a hint of yellow.

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SD013 Mayo - London

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $375

The mate to the previous lot. William Mayo late De Crunchy & Mayo, London. A beautiful bottle circa 1840s. Dead mint. Good gloss. Lovely little star trademark that you do not see on the earlier bottle. Best possible example.

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SD014 Lidbetter - Portsmouth

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $200

An early Hamilton bottle from G.S. Lidbetter, St. Mary's street, Portsmouth. Circa. 1850s. Pale green coloured glass. Near mint with the slightest bit of internal stain.

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