Auction 35 - Spring 2013

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Primitives

PR001 McKee 1868 Quart NB-5

Minimum Bid: $750

Range:$1200-1500

Sold: $750

This S.H. MCKEE 1868 quart is an extremely rare and attractive primitive from Fredericton, New Brunswick. This is a big bottle at 11" tall with an attractive angular form. Excellent condition. Perfect lip and base edge. On the left side are two black streaks under the glaze. There is a 3" underglaze hairline that is so fine it is difficult to see. This is really minor stuff. This is the one pictured in the book. One of the very best primitives in the Clayton Collection.

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PR002 Jaieson (Jamieson) - Napanee Unlisted

Minimum Bid: $750

Range:$1200-1500

Sold: $2550

One of the wonderful things about primitives is that new ones are always showing up. This gorgeous Thomas Jamieson (note the spelling error) is the first primitive to have been found from Napanee, Ontario and it is a beauty. The disk shaped lip finish is an unsual style, giving the bottle a very distinctive look. Dead mint condition! A one of a kind bottle that is not listed in the book.

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PR003 Carnall - Napanee ON-39

Minimum Bid: $600

Range:$1000-1200

Sold: $1100

This G. Carnall is listed in the Primitives book, but we got it wrong. Research has shown that George Carnall was in fact the proprietor of the Commercial Inn in Napanee between 1851-53. Clearly an early Picton Potteries made bottle. Dead mint. It is remarkable that in this one sale, we are offering the only known examples of the only two known Napanee primitives.

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PR004 Tyo - Kingston ON-81

Minimum Bid: $600

Range:$1000-1200

Sold: $650

This Alex Tyo Ginger Beer from Kingston is a rare bottle in a scarce Belleville Potteries-made form. Tyo did not start bottling until 1907 - making this a relatively late-period primitive. This is a large pint size bottle at 8 1/2" tall. These Tyo bottles are quite rare with only a handful of examples known. This one is in fabulous near mint condition with only a couple of tiny flea bites out of the lip.

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PR005 Lawrence - Nanaimo BC-2

Minimum Bid: $400

Range:$600-800

Sold: $500

An extremely rare Louis Lawrence primitive from Nanaimo BC. This example had a 1/2" base edge chip just under the name "Nanaimo" that had been poorly repaired. We got it professionally restored and it now appears near mint. A truly beautiful specimen of a very rare BC bottle!

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PR006 Phillips - Kingston ON-78

Minimum Bid: $400

Range:$600-800

Sold: $900

This pint size Alex R Phillips primitive is a scarce Kingston bottle with only a handful of examples known. A rare and early Picton Potteries made chocolate pint. This example is the one pictured in the book. It had some heavy chipping to the right side of the blob top which we had professionally restored. The repair is incredible. Displays near mint. This one has some great finger prints in the glaze! You will wait a long time before you see one better.

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PR007 S.H. McKee Quart NB-7

Minimum Bid: $300

Range:$500-600

Sold: Not

We underclassified this one in the book. It is a scarcer variant than we first thought. It should be a category 3. We have sold only one other in 2006 for $600. A big beefy quart size bottle. Near mint with one tiny 1/8" flea bite on the blob at front.

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PR008 Evans - St. John NB-46

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $210

A gorgeous example of a big bold Foley Potteries-made Wm Evans quart with a rich orange top glaze. This is a scarce, attractive, Canadian-made primitive. Some heavy glaze crazing typical of these Foley bottles. Two 1/4"flakes off the inside edge of the blob that have been filled and coloured. While a rough repair, the colour match is very good. Real minor stuff. A great looking primitive!

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PR009 J.F. Adkin - Bothwell ON-10

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $210

This J.F. Adkin quart size primitive from Bothwell is a rare Canadian form and a rare bottle. A few pecks under the bottom edge of the blob but who cares! Most primitives in this form do not carry the town name. If you want one for the collection - you can do no better.

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PR010 Dolan Bros Pint - St. John NB-38

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $275

A beautiful example of a pint size blue top Dolan. Near mint with a 1/8" flake in the lip at the front, very minor and a bit of body rust. A great looking little primitive!!

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PR011 J.A. (James Allan - Perth) ON-118

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $150

This James Allan quart is one of the best Perth primitives in the Clayton Collection. This bottle has a terrific form with a broad bold shoulder and a doughnut style blob. Excellent condition with one 2" hairline that runs around the back of the blob.

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PR012 Laurie - Perth ON-129

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: Not

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.

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PR013 J.A. (James Allan - Perth) ON-118

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: $75

This simple "J.A" marked primtive from James Allan of Perth, Ontario is a scarce variant in near mint condition. Some lip roughness but nothing serious. Compare with the previous lot.

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PR014 Pair of James Allan Perth ON-122 ON-119

Minimum Bid: $50

Range:$75-100

Sold: $50

This lot contains two very different variants of James Allan primitives from Perth, Ontario. Both are in very poor condition. The one that just says "James Allan" has heavy lip chipping, a 7" crack at rear and a 6" crack at the front left, and finally a large hole and heavy cracking on the base. Sounds terrible, but this bottle actually displays well and it is a scarce one. The other with "Perth" is heavily cracked all over and has large sections of the lip missing.

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PR015 McKee Dated Threesome NB-12 NB-13 NB-14

Minimum Bid: $100

Range:$150-200

Sold: $275

This lot contains four dated McKees. The 1889 serif lettering one is in excellent condition but has a tight hairline running almost right around the neck under the blob. The 1890 sans serif one has overall heavy stain but no real damage. This lot contains a pair of 1891 McKees in two very different variations. The sans serif writing one has much larger lettering. Heavy lip chipping that has been filled but not coloured. Also a 2" hairline crack in the neck. The serif lettering variant is badly cracked down the face and has some high point wear and stain.

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PR016 McKee Dated Threesome NB-15 NB-16

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: $180

This lot contains three dated dated McKees. The 1891 has the larger sans serif font. Two filled chips in the lip that are not colour matched. Otherwise good. The 1892 sans serif one is near mint with only minor imperfections. The 1893 sans serif one is also near mint. Not the size difference in the blobs on these last two.

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PR017 Simmonds - Charlottetown PE-02

Minimum Bid: $100

Range:$150-200

Sold: $100

There are many variants of the Simmon(d)s primitives from Charlottetown PEI. This is a simple variant with just the name "Simmonds". Medium brown glaze. Excellent condition. There are some very faint underglaze hairlines at the rear base. These are barely visible on the side of the bottle but can be seen running over the base. This is very minor damage.

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PR018 Neil & Mable Quart Unlisted

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: $75

A quart size Neil & Mable from Dunnville, Ontario. A rare and distinctive Ontario form. 2" hairline and 1/8" glaze flake along front left edge of the blob lip. Heavy rust to the body that could be cleaned with some elbow grease. Large 2" base edge chip at rear base edge and a second 1/2" thin base edge flake right side. While this bottle has some fairly serious condition issues, it is the only quart example we have ever seen.

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PR019 F.A. Meyer - Seaforth ON-157

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: $100

There are many variants of the F.A. Meyer bottles from Seaforth Ontario. This is a great one with a nice blue top and heavy salt glaze texture. A big broad bottle that stands 10 1/2" tall. Best example you could want. Near mint with overall even glaze crazing.

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PR020 H. Daniels - Prescott ON-145

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: $250

The only primitive known to be marked H. Daniels - Prescott. All the other Daniels bottles have the initial "D". Cracked heavily down the back. Some chipping to the lip. Terrific mat finish to the pottery; a great feel in the hand. A bottle not to be judged by its crack.

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PR021 Colbert - Egmondville ON-43

Minimum Bid: $50

Range:$75-100

Sold: $50

This Colbert primitive from Egmondville, Ontario is Canada's largest primitive, standing 11 1/2" tall with a capacity approaching a gallon!! Very good condition with some underglaze hairline cracking. There is a 1 1/2" crack that follows the interior lip edge and another 2" one on the right side of the neck. Some thin spider cracking to the body on the right side towards the base. Reads worse than it is. For its massive size alone, this is a must-have for the primitive collector.

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PR022 Three Ontario Primitives ON-154 ON-30 ON-174

Minimum Bid: $50

Range:$75-100

Sold: $75

This lot contains three badly damaged but interesting Ontario primitives. The decapitated RC Archer (Renfrew) is one of only two known examples. It would be well worth repairing. The M.V.F. (Martin V Farrar - Canboro) is a rare bottle. This one has an enormous hunk out of the rear as well as some hairline cracking and heavy rust. Finally, the diminuative J.F. Murray Toronto has a hole in the front, a 1/4" lip chip and some rust and stain.

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PR023 Sayer - Pembroke ON-112

Minimum Bid: $250

Range:$400-500

Sold: Not

A most rare and unusual primitive marked: GEO (George) Sayer/ Baker/ Pembroke. The form is quite squatty looking and different than most Ontario pieces. This is one of only a handful of examples known. Beautiful condition save for a faint 5" hairline on the right side that forks across the shoulder. Consult the photo. Perfect lip and base edge. Clean glaze and nicely marked. Don't be put off by the crack. You may never see one better.

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