MLA Auction 47 – Spring 2019 – Ontario Ginger Beers

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GB001 Copland Brewing Co – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $1500
Range:$2000-3000
Sold: $2000

The Copland Brewing Co is one of the rarest Toronto ginger beers. Only a handful have surfaced in 40 years. The bottle was made by the Medalta Potteries. The glaze is a rich orange brown colour. Mint condition. In 46 auctions, we’ve sold one of these, and here it is for an encore. Don’t miss it again!


GB002 Pipe – Kingston
Minimum Bid: $400
Range:$600-800
Sold: $400

This Wm Pipe Kingston pint is a rare style of bottle made by the Brantford Potteries. A tough bottle to find in any condition. This one is excellent with just a bit of rust and a sliver thin 1/4″ flake off the rear of the lip.


GB003 Toronto Pure Ginger Beer
Minimum Bid: $400
Range:$600-800
Sold: $400

This quart size The Toronto Pure Ginger Beer Co is an exceedingly rare bottle. Certainly one of the hardest Toronto bottles to get. There are perhaps three or four intact examples known. The bottle itself is a scarce and attractive type made by the RCP Co Akron Ohio. Couple of 1/4″ thin base edge flakes. Otherwise excellent!


GB004 Murray – London
Minimum Bid: $400
Range:$600-800
Sold: $400

The John Murray ginger beer from London Ont is one of my favourites. The squat pint size with the blob top is an attractive and rare form. I suspect these may have been made by the Glass Brothers Pottery of the same city. This particular bottle has an amazing glaze to the shoulder and top. The glaze was intended to be beige but turned out a lovely drippy brown. Mint condition. A stellar example of a rare Ontario bottle.


GB005 Northern Springs – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $400
Range:$600-800
Sold: $1800

The Northern Springs is an extremely rare Toronto ginger beer. I have handle only a couple in 20 years. Professional restoration to some lip damage on this one that is very high quality. Otherwise excellent. Marked and matching stopper.


GB006 Ross Bros – London
Minimum Bid: $300
Range:$400-600
Sold: $300

A rare and unusual ginger beer bottle from the Ross Brothers, London Ont. I suspect the bottle is a product of one of the Akron Ohio potteries. The style is unique among Canadian ginger beers. The size is also odd, sort of a large squat pint. Terrific dark chocolate coloured glaze to the shoulder and neck. Some minor base edge flaking. Couple of tiny nibbles off the sharp shoulder. Near mint condition. A real tough bottle to find in this good condition.


GB007 Carley – Windsor
Minimum Bid: $300
Range:$400-600
Sold: $300

I have always really liked the E. Carley ginger beer from Windsor, Ont. The bottle is an impressive large quart, made and marked by the R.C.P Co of Akron Ohio. 1 1/4″ heavy scrape left side body. A bit of normal glaze crazing. A rare bottle in overall excellent condition.


GB008 Norton – Berlin
Minimum Bid: $300
Range:$400-600
Sold: $300

A scarce bottle from C.H. Norton Berlin Ont. A simple and striking star trademark. Near mint condition. Fine stopper hole flaking right side. Really minor stuff. Matching and well marked stopper. About as good as they get!


GB009 Phillips – Goderich
Minimum Bid: $300
Range:$400-600
Sold: $300

A scarce two tone Phillips & Co Goderich ginger beer. Original bail and faintly marked stopper. A real tough bottle to find in good shape. This one is near mint.


GB010 Riverdale – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $350

A scarce Riverdale Bottling Works stone ginger beer from Toronto Ont. Near mint condition. Marked and matching stopper. There is a flake off the stopper. Best possible example of a very tough bottle.


GB011 Hutchinson – St. Thomas
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $200

A sweet example of the T.H. Hutchinson ginger beer from St. Thomas Ont. Mundeloh marked bottle. Missing its bail and stopper. Flea bites to the mouth rim and a thin base edge separation mark. Real minor stuff. Super clean with a strong transfer. A must have!


GB012 Hutchinson – St. Thomas
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $200

A scarce T.H. Hutchinson variant made by the Brantford Stoneware Co. Super clean bottle. Couple of potstones in the lip edge. Blurry transfer which is normal for this style. The stopper is marked by the pottery which is unusual. Stopper has some heavy chipping around the bail wires. A real good example of a bottle normally found in poor condition.


GB013 Phillips – Goderich
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $200

A great example of the scarce large size pint Phillips & Co from Goderich Ont. Made by the Glass Brothers Pottery of London Ont. Near mint with one minor glaze flake off the shoulder rim rear. A real good example of this rare bottle.


GB014 Robertson – Mount Forest
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $325

There are three main types of the A. Robertson ginger beer from Mount Forest Ont. This little blob pint is the toughest to find, especially in good condition. This example is near mint with a tiny bit of glaze loss to the blob right side. One of the best trademarks with rabbit and crossed guns. A must have in any ginger beer collection.


GB015 Murrary – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: Not

A sweet tiny (6 1/2″) primitive beer from J.F. Murray Toronto. These are scarce bottles. This example is mint.


GB016 Dominion – Hamilton
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

A killer example of the two tone Dominion Soda Water Mnft Co ginger beer from Hamilton Ont. The bottle is dead mint and comes with its original marked and matching crown top. They don’t get any better than this!


GB017 London Ginger Beer Co
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

An impressive large quart from the London Ginger Beer Co. Made and marked by the R.C.P Co of Akron Ohio. Large kiln touch-mark left side. Couple of scrapes to the body and one 1″ area of glaze flaking to the bottom edge. Real minor stuff. A scarce bottle in excellent condition.


GB018 Arnold – Seaforth
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $350

A beautiful example of the Frank Arnold from Seaforth Ont. Mint condition. Great glaze with lots of character. Strongly marked and matching stopper.


GB019 Dodds – Seaforth
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

A good example of the John Dodds from Seaforth Ont. 1/2″ hairline in the lip edge. Othewise excellent. Marked and matching stopper.


GB020 Gallagher – St Catherines
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

A scarce St Kitts brewed ginger beer. Stopper marked by J. Gallagher St. Catharines. Munderloh Montreal incised front. Mint.


GB021 Tune Bottling – Stratford
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

A nice example of the Tune Bottling Co Stratford Ontario. Near mint condition with a few tiny lip nibbles. Marked and matching stopper.


GB022 Sherk – Hamilton
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

A quart size Cronk bottle generally accepted as being from Levi Sherk of Hamilton, Ontario. Near mint with only minor imperfections.


GB023 Smith Brothers
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: Not

I have heard from different people that this bottle is from Stirling Ontario. It may also be from Belleville where there was a Smith & Co in the 1870s. Impossible to say for sure given the name, but I think this one is likely Eastern Ontario. The bottle itself is unusual with characteristics of both redware and stoneware. I think it is stoneware that has been coloured from burial. The form and lip finish are also a bit different from the typical Eastern Ontario types. A rare bottle, I have only seen a handful.


GB024 McLaughlin – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $280

A near mint example of the blue transfer JJ McLaughlin ginger shandy from Toronto and Edmonton. Strongly marked Buchan Portobello Edinburgh. One of my favourite Canadian ginger beers.


GB025 McLaughlin – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

A mint example of the two city McLaughlin ginger shandy: Toronto and Edmonton. Marked and matching stopper. They don’t get any better than this one for condition.


GB026 Wilson – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $250

This is one of my favourite Charles Wilson ginger beers from Toronto. The transfer is very detailed and well executed. I suspect the bottle was made by Glass Brothers in London Ont. Excellent condition with a bit of ground wear. Strongly marked and matching stopper.


GB027 Wilson – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: Not

A mint example of this blob top Charles Wilson Toronto Ont. The squirrel on this variant has some very pointy ears. Super clean bottle with a clean transfer.


GB028 Wilson – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: Not

This Charles Wilson ginger beer is similar to the previous lot, but there are several differences. The blob top on this style is smaller and the ears on the squirrel are not as pronounced.


GB029 Wilson – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: Not

A large size pint two tone Charles Wilson from Toronto Ont. Like all of these bottles, this one has a professionally restored top. Some heavy crazing to the cream glaze bottom. A great looking example of this bottle.


GB030 Wilson – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: Not

The sm pint version of this two tone Charles Wilson ginger beer from Toronto Ont. Professionally restored top. Otherwise perfect with a nice detailed transfer.


GB031 Laurie – Perth
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $150

A nice looking example of the J. Laurie old English ginger beer from Perth Ont. Excellent condition. Fine stopper hole flake left side (super minor stuff). A bit of scratching and light stain from burial. A clean example of this bottle with a good stopper and bail.


GB032 Brantford Stoneware Co Quart
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $200

A big beautiful Brantford Stoneware Co marked quart size ginger beer. A scarce bottle that is often damaged. This one is excellent. Very clean bottle with an attractive crazing to the glaze. The tiniest flea bite out of the bottom edge of the blob. A great example.


GB033 Glass Brothers London
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $75

A rare quart size ginger beer marked by the Glass Brothers pottery of London Ont. 1″ half moon hairline shoulder rear. Bit of stain in the top half that gives the bottle character. Original wire and bail. A tough bottle to find and this one is real good.


GB034 King & Dalton – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $75

A near mint example of the King & Dalton English home brewed ginger beer Toronto Ont. Couple of minor scrapes but overall super clean.