AUCTION 38 – FALL 2014

Is now closed.

Primitives

PR001 Colwood Hygienic Mineral Water Works BC-001

Minimum Bid: $1000

Range:$1500-2000

Sold: $2050

This Colwood Hygienic Mineral Water Works is one of BC's rarest primitive style ginger beers. Colwood is a suburb of Victoria. When we got this bottle it has a 1/4" base edge chip that we had professionally restored. The bottle now displays perfectly mint. Cross & Co marked stopper. You will not get another shot at this one!

A38_PR001_Colwood_Colwood_1_thumb

click on image to enlarge

Return to top of page

PR002 W.M. Hall Kingston CW ON-74

Minimum Bid: $500

Range:$800-1000

Sold: $1300

A gorgeous big bold brown W.M. Hall Kingston Canada West quart. Picton Potteries-made bottle. Excellent condition. Some roughness on the lip edge. Couple of small potstones in the body. 1/4" thin flake off the base edge. Real minor stuff. This is a great example of a tough early Kingston bottle. Note the initials "W.M" rather than just the "W" alone.

A38_PR002_Hall_Kingston_1_thumb

click on image to enlarge

Return to top of page

PR003 Dolan Foley Quart NB-40

Minimum Bid: $500

Range:$800-1000

Sold: Not

An extremely rare example of a Foley made Dolan Brothers quart. Standing 9 1/2" tall. Near mint with only minor imperfections. We sold one in 2006 for $1300.

A38_PR003_DolanFoley_StJohn_1_thumb

click on image to enlarge

Return to top of page

PR004 Cook - Port Perry ON-142

Minimum Bid: $500

Range:$800-1000

Sold: $500

This Joseph Cook from Port Perry is an exceedingly rare pint size primitive in an even rarer form. Likely Picton Potteries made. Only this Cook and the Easton from Kingston come in this unique form. This Cook is in near mint condition with a 1/4" base edge flake at rear.

A38_PR004_Cook_PortPerry_1_thumb

click on image to enlarge

Return to top of page

PR005 Brown 1872 Unlisted

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $350

W. Brown was in business in Indian Town (now St. John) from 1868 - 1874. In the book, we listed an 1874 dated bottle from him. This lot contains a completely different variant with W. Brown 1872 on one line at front. Near mint bottle with a heavy saltglaze.

A38_PR005_Brown_StJohn_1_thumb

click on image to enlarge

Return to top of page

PR006 Cook - Port Perry ON-141

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $200

This quart size Joseph Cook is a true primitive, big and crude looking. Potstone shoulder right with radiating 3" hairline. This would have happened in-manufacture. Tiny 1/8" flake in the lip. Some body rust. A scarce bottle with plenty of character.

A38_PR006_Cook_PortPerry_1_thumb

click on image to enlarge

Return to top of page

PR007 Starr Brothers - Brockville ON-23

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $180

A sweet little (6 1/4") pint Starr Brothers Brockville. Near mint condition. There is a base edge chip front left that is glazed and clearly in-manufacture. One of the cleanest examples we have seen of this scarce primitive.

A38_PR007_Starr_Brockville_1_thumb A38_PR007_Starr_Brockville_2_thumb

click on image to enlarge

Return to top of page

PR008 Ellis - Prescott ON-151

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $210

This William Ellis primitive is one of Canada's best. It has a unique form and a great stamp with "Best XXX Ale". This example is badly cracked but intact. First one we have sold. You will be hard pressed to find one better.

A38_PR008_Ellis_Prescott_1_thumb A38_PR008_Ellis_Prescott_2_thumb

click on image to enlarge

Return to top of page

PR009 Garnett - St. John NB-52

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $150

A beautiful example of the blue top Garnett from St. John. 1" unseparated chip and a 1 1/2" hairline on the base edge right (see photo), but it is otherwise excellent.

A38_PR009_Garnett_StJohn_1_thumb A38_PR009_Garnett_StJohn_2_thumb

click on image to enlarge

Return to top of page

PR010 Evans St. John Foley Tan NB-46

Minimum Bid: $100

Range:$150-200

Sold: $275

Near mint example of a tan top Foley Potteries made Wm Evans from St. John NB. The usual glaze crazing and one tiny lip flake.

A38_PR010_EvansFoley_StJohn_1_thumb

click on image to enlarge

Return to top of page

PR011 Laurie - Perth ON-129

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: $85

This J. Laurie "BAKER" primitive is a scarce variant in exceptionally mint condition. Note the printing of Laurie is smudged, which is typical of this variant.

A38_PR011_Laurie_Perth_1_thumb

click on image to enlarge

Return to top of page

PR012 McKee 185? Quart NB-26

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: $75

A dated quart McKee but the date is not legible. Likely an 1854. Some chipping to the underside of the sharp cone top blob. 6" tight hairline at rear. A good example of a rare bottle.

A38_PR012_McKee_Fredericton_1_thumb

click on image to enlarge

Return to top of page

PR013 S.H. Mckee Quart NB-7

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: $100

A big beefy quart size S.H. McKee. Near mint with one tiny 1/8" flea bite on the blob at front.

A38_PR013_ McKee_Fredericton_1_thumb

click on image to enlarge

Return to top of page

PR014 Pair of McKee Pints NB-10, NB-11

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: $210

This lot contains two quite different S.H. McKee pints. The left one is 8 1/4" tall. Heavy wear but otherwise excellent. The right one is 7 1/2" tall. Some wear but otherwise excellent.

A38_PR014_ McKeePair_Fredericton_1_thumb

click on image to enlarge

Return to top of page

PR015 Redware Bottle

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: $1500

I lived in London Ontario for a few years in the 90s. While there, I remember a diver coming up with a small cache of pint size redware bottles in a bright yellow glaze. Though I was not interested in redware at the time, these still impressed me. They must have been made locally. This tiny (5 1/4" tall) pint primitive is a dead ringer for the ones I saw 20 years ago, except the glaze is far better. This one has the yellow around the base edge, but most of the bottle is a med green colour with a nice veining. Mint condition. A beautiful tiny piece of SW Ont redware.

A38_PR015_Redware_London_1_thumb A38_PR015_Redware_London_2_thumb

click on image to enlarge

Return to top of page

PR016 Three ONT Primitives ON-127, ON-22, ON-157,

Minimum Bid: $50

Range:$75-100

Sold: $85

An interesting lot of three Ont primitives. The JL (James Laurie) is a beautiful tall bottle with a wonderful shape. Poor condition. Heavy crack down the left side front. Large 1" heavy chip off the base edge left. Couple of lip flakes. Despite the damage, this one does not look too bad. The M. Whitham is a sweet little pint from Brantford, Ontario. This is an early bottle, circa 1860. Chip in the blob left has been repaired. Not a professional job, but pretty good. The F.A. Meyer from Seaforth has a heavy chip in the blob right side and some stain to the body.

A38_PR016_OntPrimitiveThreesome_1_thumb

click on image to enlarge

Return to top of page

PR017 Fisher Thompson Kingston Pair ON-68 ON-69

Minimum Bid: $50

Range:$75-100

Sold: $85

A pair of Fisher & Thompson Kingston ginger beers. The quart size has a crack that circles the neck towards the lip. Hardened substance inside. Otherwise very clean example. The pint has a 1/2 think flake in the lip, a second smaller lip flake, and some cleanable rust on the body.

A38_PR017_FisherThompsonPair_Kingston_1_thumb

click on image to enlarge

Return to top of page

PR018 Three NB Primitives NB-60

Minimum Bid: $50

Range:$75-100

Sold: $50

This lot contains three NB primitives. The Dolan bottle is an unlisted size at 9" tall. Poor condition. Large piece at front reglued badly. Three 1/2" base edge flakes. If this size is truly unique, it would be a good candidate for professional restoration.The Sargeant & Co is an unusual bottle with very small font print. A large section of the blob front has been poorly filled. 6" line that is unglazed at rear. This one is in good shape despite the lip. The J.A. Wallis is an interesting variant with a orange colour glaze. 7" hairline in the front face, otherwise good.

A38_PR018_ NBPrimitiveThreesome_1_thumb

click on image to enlarge

Return to top of page

PR019 Brown

Minimum Bid: $25

Range:$40-50

Sold: $25

This quart size primitive is just marked "Brown". It looks and feels CDN to me. There were several Browns who made pop in early Ontario. The Browns of Gravenhurst are one of the better known; they started in business in 1884. There is also John Brown of Kleinburg; est. 1887. There were also brewers. There were James and Henry Brown brewers in London (1864 and 1871). George Brown in Kincardine in 1864. There were Browns brewing in Oakville in 1867-68. Finally, there were Browns brewing in Penetangore in the 1850s. This bottle has a 5" hairline on the shoulder at rear, 1/4" blob flake rear, and a 1/4" based edge chip. The only Brown marked primitive we have seen.

A38_PR019_Brown_Unknown_1_thumb A38_PR019_Brown_Unknown_2_thumb

click on image to enlarge

Return to top of page

PR020 Primitive Threesome

Minimum Bid: $50

Range:$75-100

Sold: Not

This lot has three quart size primitives. The blue top J. Simons is a Boston bottle. Nice looking bottle with a big drip of blue down the back. Deep 1" chip off base edge rear. The E. Bell (Edwin) is from Baltimore. Near mint. The W. Hewlett is American but I do not know from where. Some crazing in the shoulder but good.

A38_PR020_ PrimitiveThreesome_1_thumb

click on image to enlarge

Return to top of page

PR021 Primitive Foursome

Minimum Bid: $50

Range:$75-100

Sold: $95

This lot has four quart primitives. The John Howell is from Baltimore. Heavy rust and stain but no real damage. The G. Caldcleugh. P.M . Durham is an English bottle. Near mint. The P. Dempsey is from Lowell Mass. Potstone in the stamp front. Near mint. The W.P. Harrison is an American bottle but I do not know from where. Fine hairline and some underside chipping to the blob.

A38_PR021_ PrimitiveFoursome_1_thumb

click on image to enlarge

Return to top of page

PR022 Primitive Threesome

Minimum Bid: $50

Range:$75-100

Sold: $50

This lot has three primitive quarts. The Coburn, Lang & Co is from Boston. Heavy stain and some chipping both on the blob and to the base edge. The G. Whittemore is an early (1840s) New York bottle. Great glaze on this one. Near mint. The J. Schrauth is a big bottle with no provenance. American but no clue where. Hole filled at base rear and deep 1/4" flake blob rear.

A38_PR022_ PrimitiveThreesome_1_thumb

click on image to enlarge

Return to top of page

PR023 Primitive Foursome

Minimum Bid: $50

Range:$75-100

Sold: $50

This lot contains four primitive pints. The Halifax Bottling Co "Museum Stores" Halifax has some minor chipping on the blob edge. The chocolate brown Kuhn is likely American. Some lip and base edge chipping as well as a heavy potstone front. The Todd & Hallett 1897 is English. 6" hairline crack and some stain. The J. Barsanti Hamilton is likely English. We had this last one in the CDN book, but I have seen no evidence that this is in fact CDN. Stained but no damage.

A38_PR023_ PrimitiveFoursome_1_thumb

click on image to enlarge

Return to top of page