MLA Auction 46 – Fall 2018 – Miscellaneous

Closed Sat Nov 17 at 6pm ET.

MS001 Horst – St. Jacobs
Minimum Bid: $600
Sold: Not

David Horst was a woodcarver who lived in St. Jacobs, Ontario. Horst’s beautiful carvings are considered some of the finest examples of Canadian folk art. While Horst carved a variety of objects, he is best known for his animals. He made a remarkable series of miniature toys. This rooster is a relatively large piece, standing a foot tall. It is part of a collection of Horst carvings that were bought directly from the artist in the 1930s and 40s. It appears the breast of the bird separated and four small nails were used to re-attach it. The repair is good, but the nail heads are quite visible. Otherwise, the condition is excellent, especially the paint work to the head and base. The fabulous form, expression and colour of this rooster clearly show why Horst is considered one of the finest mennonite carvers of any period.

MS002 Fellows & Co – St John
Minimum Bid: $500
Sold: $750

Israel Fellows and his son James established Fellows & Co in St John New Brunswick in 1849. There are very few pontiled Canadian medicines and 95% of these are from Canada West (Ontario). There is exactly one type of pontiled medicine from New Brunswick and it belongs to Fellows & Co. Embossed: FELLOWS & CO, ST. JOHNS NB. Fellows operated a pharmaceutical empire in NB for decades and there are many beautiful bottles from his firm. The earliest pontiled ones are incredibly rare. There are only a handful of examples known and pretty much all are damaged. This pristine example was found recently in the US, in a bucket of bottles. No kidding. This bottle is dead mint. Even the paper thin lip is perfect. Excellent clarity to the pale aqua coloured glass.. A pontil to cut your finger on. Amen! 5 1/4″ tall. Circa. 1850s. One of New Brunswick’s earliest bottles. Better than yours but, of course, you don’t have one.

MS003 Fellows & Co – St John
Minimum Bid: $200
Sold: $600

While potlids were popular in 19th century England and used for a wide range of pomades, salves and foodstuffs – there are few from Canadian merchants. This tiny lid from Fellows & Co is unusual for both its purpose and its tiny size. Made to contain golden ointment for sore & inflamed eyes. Barely 1″ tall and 1 5/8″ in diameter across the lid. This is one of the first products advertised by Fellows & Co and likely dates from the 1850s or early 60s. The lid is in near mint condition with a minor flake and some crazing on the backside. The original base has some heavy rust and a few chips. A rare early and attractive little potlid.

MS004 Bryce – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $400
Sold: $400

You will rarely see milk bottles in my sales. This is simply because I tend to sell items from the 19th century, and most milk bottles are from a later period. Alex Bryce opened his dairy at 478 Spadina Avenue in 1890 and operated at various addresses until 1910. Bottles from this early business are extremely rare. This tin top quart is the first example to surface. It was found and saved by a lucky construction worker (who also found the J Eves torpedo bottle in this sale). The condition of this bottle is extraordinary. Basically mint. When I got it – it was partly full of rock hard pine tar. I expect this is the reason the bottle survived in such good condition. Someone needed a container for some nasty tar and the milk bottle fit the bill. After a thorough (and excruciating) cleaning, it is incredibly beautiful. Not only is the bottle near mint, but the glass is full of waves. Character to spare. Embossed: A. BRYCE, HYGIENIC DAIRY, THE PINES TORONTO, PLEASE WASH, AND RETURN. Early, unique and perfect. If you own one milk bottle this should be it.

MS005 No Word Crown Pint
Minimum Bid: $200
Sold: $350

A rare pint size Crown jar with no word. Aqua glass with a nice whittle. Very faint internal stain. Perfect mouth. Near mint condition. Glass insert with Crown emblem and a good zinc band. First one of these I have seen.

MS006 Alloa Glassworks Stipple Bottle
Minimum Bid: $250
Sold: $250

In Scotland in the early 19th century it was popular to etch bottles to commemorate special occasions. The technique involved lightly striking the bottle to “stipple” names, sayings, dates and a variety of designs. This bottle was blown at the Alloa Glassworks in Scotland. The shape and method of decoration are typical of this factory. The bottle is stippled “JOHN & BARBARA ROXBURGH”. Below this are two small hearts, one with the initial “A” and the other “MP”. There is also the number “35”. A wedding anniversary maybe with the hearts containing the initials of two children? There are a number of decorative elements, including an elaborate sun, a moon and stars, masonic compass and ruler, a thistle and a rose. There even appears to be a whale’s tail!. Dark blackglass that is olive brown in strong light. Pontiled base. Circa 1830s. Near mint with only minor imperfections.

MS007 Segee’s Ointment
Minimum Bid: $100
Sold: $100

Another rare New Brunswick lid, but one I know nothing about. Some heavy chipping to the bottom edge of the lid. Overall glaze crazing. The original base has a couple of heavy chips and some stain.

MS008 Osgoode Dairy Pair – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $150
Sold: Not

The Osgoode Dairy was established by Thomas Brennand in 1887 at 13 Osgoode Avenue in Toronto. It operated in various forms until 1912. The following is a quote from When Milk Came in Bottles (Thomas and Marcant 1997). “Most Osgoode bottles found are hand-finished and range from scarce to rare. One version is highly collectible because of the depiction of a cat stepping around a milk botle. It was very unusual for a dairy, particularly in this early era, to have an embossed picture on a bottle. Based on age, rarity and creative design, this Osgoode bottle must be considered one of the most valuable embossed bottles ever produced by a Toronto dairy.” This lot contains two bottles from the Osgoode Dairy. The pint size appears to have been tumbled but the glass was very sick. There is still a fair bit of stain and the glass is poor. The embossing is faint but legible. There is a 1″ hairline crack in the base edge. The pint is a very rare bottle in any condition. The quart is excellent. Strongly embossed. A 1/8″ chip off the inside lip rim. Some faint stain. Both bottles are suncast amethyst in colour. A rare opportunity to get this bottle in both sizes.

MS009 Beaver Clear Imp Quart
Minimum Bid: $75
Sold: $130

A scarce clear glass Beaver jar in an Imperial quart size. You find ten times as many in the American quart. This Imp quart is excellent with a strong embossing. Faint internal stain. Correct clear button style lid and a good zinc band.

MS010 Three Jar Lot
Minimum Bid: $75
Sold: $80

This lot contains three jars. The Darling Imperial 1/2 gal is near mint with a bit of internal stain. The Ame quart Beaver has one sm grinding chip off the mouth. The animal is not stongly embossed. The Ame 1/2 gal Beaver is excellent. Couple of sm grinding flakes and a bit of internal stain. Both Beaver jars are clear glass.