MLA Auction 45 – Spring 2018 – Ontario Ginger Beers

Closed Sat May 12 at 6pm ET.

GB001 R Shannon Double Stamp – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $600
Range:$1000-1200
Sold: $700

Robert Shannon was a brewer in 1850s Toronto. Bottles from his company are exceedingly rare. This example is special for being double stamped, front and back. Quart size. Excellent condition. Deep 1/2″ chip off the blob edge rear. A one-of-a-kind early Toronto Canada West era primitive.


GB002 J Shannon – Toronto CW
Minimum Bid: $500
Range:$800-1000
Sold: $500

John Shannon was a soda water and ginger beer maker in 1860s Toronto. This little pint bottle is marked J. Shannon Toronto CW. 6 3/4″ tall. Dug at the corner of King & Parliament Streets. Excellent condition. 1/4″ chip off the inside blob edge. A second thin 1/4″ flake off the base of the blob. 1/4″ flake off the base edge front left. Minor stuff. The overall mottled look to the glaze is how the bottle was made. This is the only known example of this bottle.


GB003 J Shannon – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: Not

It was John Shannon who established the original Beaver Soda Works in early Toronto. This English-made primitive has a great stamp that includes the beaver trademark. This example has had some professional restoration to chips off the blob. Otherwise very clean.


GB004 R Simpson – Toronto CW
Minimum Bid: $500
Range:$800-1000
Sold: Not

An early primitive from R. Simpson Toronto Canada West. The bottle itself was made in Picton and exhibits all the traits of a primitive from the late 1850s. Excellent condition. Some thin flaking off the lip edge at the rear. A rare and early Toronto stone bottle.


GB005 JB – Hamilton CW
Minimum Bid: $300
Range:$500-600
Sold: Not

An early primitive marked “J.B” Hamilton Canada West. I don’t know who the initials “J.B.” represent in Hamilton, but a similar bottle exists with a Toronto stamp. There was a John Barton workng as a brewer in 1850s Toronto, perhaps he operated in Hamilton for a time as well. Near mint with a few minor base edge flakes. I have only seen three examples of this bottle with one being heavily restored.


GB006 Walsh & Kane
Minimum Bid: $500
Range:$800-1000
Sold: $550

James Walsh was a successful soda water manufacturer in Toronto. He operated for a long time and through several partnerships. Walsh & Kane were in business for just a single year (1898). This Brantford-potteries made bottle is an extremely rare ginger beer, known by only a handful of examples. This one is excellent with overall glaze crazing and a few minor flakes off the blob edge. The oval Brantford stamp is barely visible at the rear. A tremendous example of this rare bottle!


GB007 Farr – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

A pint size Dr. Cronk marked JAF T. There is very little known about John A Farr other than that he bottled Cronk style sarsaparilla beer in 1885. This is a scarce bottle. 8 3/8″ tall. Near mint with only minor imperfections.


GB008 Farr – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

The quart size mate to the previous lot. This one marked just Dr Cronk JAF. 10 1/2″ tall. Several base edge chips but overall excellent condition.


GB009 Dr Cronk J&J
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $75

A near perfect match to the previous lot. A quart size Dr. Cronk marked J&J. Possibly Canadian, but just as likely an American branch of this popular brand. Near mint condition with a couple of very thin base edge chips.


GB010 Tune – London
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $160

A beautiful example of this scarce J. Tune & Son London. Glass Brothers Pottery made bottle. This is the version with the mountains in the transfer. Near mint with one base edge separation mark. Very tough bottle to find in good condition. This is the best one I have seen in a long while.


GB011 Boyden’s – Ottawa
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $100

A scarce Boyden’s Variety Hall from Ottawa. Crude bottle with some heavy potstones but no real damage. An usual primitive being stamped in this fashion.


GB012 Ontario Threesome
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $180

A lot of three Ontario ginger beers. The Shunia from Port Arthur is very good but has a 1/4″ chip off the neck at the rear. I suspect this was caused by a potstone. The Itheel Walter Port Hope has a 1/2″ flat flake off the left side of the lip, but is otherwise nice and clean. Original marked and matching top. The Crescent Bottling Works from Niagara Falls is mint.


GB013 Laurie – Perth
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $180

A mint example of a J. Laurie Perth. They do not get better than this for condition. Squeaky clean!


GB014 Ross Bros – London
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $140

A scarce Ross Brothers from London. 4″ hairline left side. Otherwise clean. Great metallic finish to the chocolate glaze.


GB015 Chateau Laurier – Ottawa
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $275

This Pilgrim’s ginger beer made for the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa has been heavily restored. Despite the repair being an early one, it is surprisingly well done. An original top has been well grafted on. There is some fill to the body. You cannot afford a mint one and this will look great on the shelf.


GB016 Ontario Pair
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $130

A pair of Ontario ginger beers with blue transfers. The James Thompson Kingston is excellent with one tiny flea bite off the lip and a couple of heavy rubs above the transfer. The Sutherland’s Hamilton is near mint with a few minor scratches.


GB017 Seaforth Pair
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $110

A pair of Seaforth ginger beers. The John Dodds is very good with one 1/4″ chip off the lip left side. The Frank Arnold has a 4″ hairline down the right side but is otherwise clean.


GB018 Toronto Threesome
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $80

A lot of three Toronto ginger beers. The Salisbury Ginger Beer Co has some heavy lip chipping but is otherwise clean. The King & Dalton has a thin 1/4″ chip off the lip and some heavy rust from the stopper bail. The Wm Robertson is perfect.


GB019 Laurie – Perth
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $75

A beautiful example of a JL (James Laurie) Perth Ontario quart size primitive. Near mint condition. Great form and lip.


GB020 Kickley – Guelph
Minimum Bid: $50
Range:$75-100
Sold: $110

A good example of the C. Kickley brewed ginger beer from Guleph. Couple of rubs to the face but otherwise clean.