MLA Auction 47 – Spring 2019 – Sodas

Closed Sat May 11 at 6pm ET.

SD001 Pilgrim – Hamilton CW
Minimum Bid: $2000
Range:$3000-4000
Sold: $4150

Canada’s earliest and best glass soda bottles belong to the Pilgrim soda water factory of Hamilton Canada West. Robert Pilgrim established an Ontario soda making dynasty in 1858. Robert clearly appreciated the advertising value of packaging as he ordered many fine bottles for his trade. This Pilgrim & Co Hamilton CW torpedo is a stellar example. Deep sapphire coloured glass. The condition of this bottle is extraordinary. I rarely call any soda mint, but this one is pristine! If lightly tumbled it was a perfect job. Age, colour and condition – this bottle has it all. One of Canada’s very best!


SD002 Sproatt – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $1500
Range:$2000-3000
Sold: $2800

Some of the very best Canadian glass sodas were made in Lockport NY during the 1850s and 60s. This was a heyday for the American glass-making industry. Factories competed by making bottles in attractive forms and colours. Paneled bottles became a kind of signature for flavoured beers, like sarsaparilla. There are a handful of these bottles from early Canadian brewers and soda makers. Henry Sproatt was a ginger beer maker in Toronto Canada West from 1850-62. This quart size Sproatt bottle is a beauty! Bright cobalt coloured glass with a strong violet tone. Heavily whittled. Super clean high gloss surface. 1″ thin flake off the blob rear. Couple of tiny bruises to the body. Smooth base. A tremendous example of this rare bottle.


SD003 Kernohan – London
Minimum Bid: $400
Range:$600-800
Sold: $900

The J Kernohan is one of Canada’s best pictoral torpedos. James Kernohan operated his grocery and soda factory from 1870-1877. This bottle was made by the Hamilton Glassworks. The fish trademark is what makes this one so special. A rare bottle with few known examples. This one is excellent. A dug bottle that has been tumbled clean. 1/8″ annealing crack under the “O” in London. Tiny flakes to the blob edge. A few scuffs and minor scrapes. This is the first one we have offered in 20 years.


SD004 Roue Soda – Halifax
Minimum Bid: $400
Range:$600-800
Sold: $2900

The Roue family were pioneers in the Halifax NS soda industry. James Roue started the original operation in 1863, selling out to Thomas and John Nash a year later. In 1879, John Roue (James’ son) started the business up again and it would continue in various forms until the early 1930s. There are two styles of Roue torpedo bottle known and we are pleased to offer both this auction. This lot is for the “Soda” type. Brilliant pale green glass with a hint of yellow. Near mint with only a few minor scuffs. A rare bottle that is likely the earliest type from this firm.


SD005 Roue Lemonade – Halifax
Minimum Bid: $400
Range:$600-800
Sold: $5800

This is a rare example of the J Roue Lemonade torpedo. Aqua coloured glass. Near mint condition with only minor ground wear.


SD006 Bilton – Hamilton
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $190

Henry W. Bilton established his soda water factory in Hamilton Canada West in 1864. This Bilton torpedo is an early Canadian-made type from the Hamilton Glassworks. Covered in embossing front and back. H.W. Bilton’s soda water and ginger ale on one side. On the other an elaborate anchor trademark with 1868 date. Heavy stain and ground wear. Some chipping off the inside blob edge. Tumbled this would be a good example of this great soda.


SD007 Pilgrim – Hamilton
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $100

A nice example of the Pilgrim Bros & Co torpedo from Hamilton. Well embossed with a great eagle trademark. Light internal stain. No chips or cracks.


SD008 JJ Richards Lemonade Halifax
Minimum Bid: $50
Range:$75-100
Sold: $50

JJ. Richards operated a business making cordial and soda water from 1858 to 1875. There are at least five variants of JJ Richards torpedos. This is the Lemonade type. Heavy damage to the lip and neck. A heavy bottle with very thick glass. Light green colour wth a hint of yellow. A scarce early bottle that you can afford.


SD009 Symonds & Hart – Goderich
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $325

A quart soda from Symonds & Hart Goderich Ont. Near mint with a faint fish eye bruise in the lip edge. An extremely rare bottle in near perfect condition.


SD010 Pilgrim – Hamilton
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $220

An R.A. Pilgrim & Co Hamilton Canada West bowling pin style soda. Heavy crisp embossing. Great whittled surface. Bit of internal stain that could be tumbled out. 1/2″ hairline above the “R” in “R.A.”. Studded with tiny seed bubbles. A beautiful example of this scarce early soda.


SD011 Hutchinson – St. Thomas
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $210

The T.H. Hutchinson St Thomas Ont is one of my all-time favourites on account of the trademark monkey pulling the siphon. Sapphire coloured glass. Near mint condition. Marked and matching stopper.


SD012 Brown – Kleinburg
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $100

A scarce squat soda from John Brown Kleinburg Ont. Marked on the base ERIE for the glassworks of the same name. Moderate stain and a bit of body wear. 1/4″ fine flake off the blob. This is a tough soda to find in any condition. One of the rarer Erie Glassworks squats for sure.


SD013 Phillips – Goderich
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $230

A deep green coloured siphon from Phillips & Co Goderich Ont. Excellent condition. Some internal stain. Couple of minor bruises to the body. Top marked for the Dominion Soda Water Co.


SD014 Lambert & Turner – Chatham
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $100

A Lambert & Turner Chatham Ont siphon in sapphire blue coloured glass. Heavy internal stain and a few minor pings. Would tumble well. Marked and matching top.


SD015 Phillips – Goderich
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $200

A near mint example of the scarce Wm Phillips quart blob soda from Goderich Ont. Light internal stain. Otherwise excellent.


SD016 Taylor – Harriston
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $170

A scarce quart soda from J.B. Taylor Harriston Ont. Chipping to the blob inside edge that has been poorly filled with resin. Light stain. You will have a hard time finding one better.


SD017 Smith – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $170

Hugh T Smith established his soda business in Toronto in 1867. He both made soda water and sold the related machinery. This bottle is dated 1873. A tall Hutchinson stopper style bottle. Moderate stain. No chips or cracks. An attractive early Toronto soda.


SD018 McLaughlin – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $50
Range:$75-100
Sold: $200

A lovely example of this JJ McLaughlin green glass soda bottle. Mint condition. Great colour and trademark embossing on a scarce style of bottle.


SD019 McPhail – Collingwood
Minimum Bid: $50
Range:$75-100
Sold: $50

An applied-crown top Neil McPhail from Collingwood Ont. Moderate internal stain. No chips or cracks.


SD020 Heyl – Bermuda
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $200

James Heyl moved to the city of Hamilton in Bermuda in the 1840s where he established a pharmacy and soda water business. I would guess from the form and lip this one dates to the 1850s. Heyl has quite a story online for those curious. Suffice to say his career did not begin or end with soda. This bottle is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks. Heavy stain from burial or being in water. Could be tumbled well.


SD021 Fleets – Walworth
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $300

An English Hamilton bottle embossed Fleets, Walworth, Double, Soda Water, East St. Circa. 1850s. A bit of external stain that would likely clean. Aqua coloured glass. Near mint aside from the stain.


SD022 Bruge & Co – Madras
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $375

An English Hamilton bottle made for the colonial trade in Madras India. Embossed Bruge (or Bruce) & Co, Madras, Superior, Soda Water. Rolled lip. Circa. 1840s. Deep aqua coloured glass. Near mint with just a bit of stain in the neck. A gorgeous bottle.


SD023 Matton – Carlsbad
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $100

A German Hamilton bottle from H. Matton, Carlsbad, Giesshubel. Green coloured glass. Looks to be a later style. Near mint with only minor imperfections.


SD024 Pitts – London
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $200

Pitts double soda water London. Circa. 1850s. Pale aqua coloured glass. Heavy wear and stain from burial. A good candidate for tumbling.


SD025 Early Pottery Torpedo
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $900

A plain form pottery torpedo (or Hamilton) style bottle. English-made. Circa 1840. Mint condition. Good character to the glaze. Near mint.


SD026 Thomas – Boston
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $375

An early American torpedo embossed I.H. Thomas, Boston, soda water. From the lip, I would guess this is 1830s or 40s. Pale green coloured glass. A light thin-walled bottle. Mint condition.

A plain form pottery torpedo (or Hamilton) style bottle. English-made. Circa 1840. Mint condition. Good character to the glaze. Near mint.


SD027 Genuine Superior
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $210

An 1850s era torpedo that is likely British-made. Embossed “Genuine Superior, Aerated Waters” twice around the bottle. Near mint condition with good gloss. Heavy bubbles that nearly break through the surface in places. Crude and beautiful.


SD028 Pair of Early American Sodas
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: Not

A lot of two American squat style sodas. The Burgin & Sons Philadelphia is a med green coloured glass. Smooth base. Circa 1870. Near mint with light stain. The Hamilton Glasswords NY is a rich aqua coloured glass. Iron pontiled. Heavily stained from burial. 1/4″ fish eye bruise on the inside of the blob.