MLA Auction 48 – Fall 2019 – Ginger Beers

Closed Sat Nov 16 at 6pm ET.

GB001 Pelissier – Winnipeg
Minimum Bid: $500
Range:$800-1000
Sold: $850

The Pelissier & Sons is hands-down one of Canada’s best ginger beers. This is a rare bottle with only a handful known. The beaver trademark is iconic. The brown top is a one-of-a-kind style for Canadian ginger beers. This one came to us with a long flake off the lip and a hole drilled in the back near the base. From the hole there was a 3″ hairline crack. Now professionally restored, it displays perfectly. Here is your chance to own one of Canada’s best ginger beers without spending the price of a used car.


GB002 Fairall – Victoria
Minimum Bid: $250
Range:$400-500
Sold: $350

Fairall Brothers Old English ginger beer from Victoria BC. Excellent condition. Heavy kiln touch mark shoulder rear. Spot of rust on the back and some tiny nibbles from the lip and sharp shoulder. Great condition for this scarce BC bottle.


GB003 Phillips – Victoria
Minimum Bid: $250
Range:$400-500
Sold: $600

A two tone A. Phillips ginger beer from Victoria BC. Professional restoration to the lip and some base edge chips. A bit of rust at the rear. Displays perfect. A rare and early BC bottle that is tough to find in any condition.


GB004 Calgary Aerated Water Co
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $190

An excellent example of the Calgary Aerated Water Company’s Statue Brand genuine English brewed stone ginger beer. Some glaze crazing and a bit of blurring to the transfer.


GB005 Phillips – Goderich
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $250

A solid cream Phillips & Co English ginger beer from Goderich, Ontario. Near mint condition with original bail and stopper. Some rust around the bail, but otherwise excellent.


GB006 Christin – Montreal
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $220

This J. Christin & Cie ginger beer from Montreal has a great whimsical trademark. The bottle was made by the Medalta Potteries. To either side of the trademark are two lines where the glaze is broken. I suspect this occurred during manufacturing. Aside from this glaze loss, the condition is excellent.


GB007 Tune – London
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $100

J. Tune & Son London, Canada. Likely a Brantford Potteries bottle. The stag trademark on this type are always indistinct. This one is relatively good. 1/4″ base edge chip front right. A few scuffs and scrapes from burial. Real minor stuff. This is quite a good example of this bottle.


GB008 Shaws – Ottawa
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $130

A near mint example of the solid cream Shaws ginger beer from Ottawa. Prominent stamp for the Buchan Pottery just below the transfer.


GB009 Cunningham – Guelph
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $275

C.I. Cunningham’s brewed ginger beer from Guelph, Ontario. Near mint with only minor imperfections. Real good example of this scarce bottle.


GB010 McLaughlin – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $110

A J.J. McLaughlin ginger shandy from Toronto and Edmonton. Blue print transfer. One of Canada’s most attractive ginger beers. 1/4″ unseparated chip in the lip front. Otherwise excellent.


GB011 Ontario Threesome
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $100

A lot of three Ontario ginger beers. The Itheel Walter Port Hope is near mint with some real minor scuffs. A Medalta Potteries bottle. The William Robertson Toronto is near mint with minor imperfections. The A.E. Burke Brantford is dead mint.


GB012 Starr Brothers – Brockville
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $170

A pint size bottle marked with just a Star. I believe this to be a Starr Brothers bottle from Brockville. It was found in the St. Lawrence down that way and the form is strikingly similar to the squat glass Starr Brothers sodas. Mint condition. Only one I have ever seen.


GB013 Pair of Brantford Primitives
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $110

Two Brantford quart primitive beers. Hugh & Thomas Spencer were brewers in the 1850s. This one is excellent with a few very thin pressure cracks up from the base edge. William Spencer was also a brewer in 1850s Brantford Canada West. This bottle is near mint with just a couple of tiny flakes off the bottom edge of the blob. Would not be surprised if these two operations were related in some fashion.


GB014 Goodwin Brothers – Quebec
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $100

A nice example of the Goodwin & Brothers primitive from Quebec. Mint condition. This is an English-made bottle, circa. 1850s. I believe Goodwin & Brothers were importers and not bottlers.


GB015 Murrary – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $80

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


GB016 Mann – Galt CW
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $110

A quart size F. Mann primitive from Galt CW (Canada West). Heavy crack at rear has been professionally restored. Displays beautifully.


GB017 Cleaver – Brantford
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $160

Samuel Cleaver is listed in the 1881 census as a root beer maker in Brantford Ontario. This is the only listing that records him in this business. Otherwise, he was a farmer. This is an Ontario style of primitive typically found from merchants in the area west of Toronto. I suspect these bottles were made in Brantford. 1″ base edge chip, otherwise excellent. Only one of these I have seen and, until recently, it was unattributed.


GB018 R. McLean
Minimum Bid: $50
Range:$75-100
Sold: $80

This quart size primitive came from a collection assembled in Western Ontario. I cannot attribute this bottle solidly to any specific bottler, but it definitely have a SW Ontario look to it. There was a Robert McLean who ran a tavern in the village of Lucan (Middlesex County) in the 1860s and 70s. He may also have been a bottler. There was also a W. McLean who ran the Park Street Brewery in Amherstburg in the 1860s. Might this be a relative? 1″ base edge flake, otherwise excellent.


GB019 W. Loney – Brantford
Minimum Bid: $50
Range:$75-100
Sold: $50

A pint size primitive marked W. Loney. William Loney is listed as a grocer in Brantford Canada West in 1851. This is likely his bottle. Some stain rear but otherwise excellent.


GB020 Wilson – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $75

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.


GB021 Wilson – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $75

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. Near mint with a tiny base edge chip and a potstone.


GB022 Wilson – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $75

This Charles Wilson ginger beer is basically the same type as the previous lot, but the colour is quite a bit darker and the “E” in Charles is missing. Near mint condition.


GB023 Wilson – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $75

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.


GB024 Wilson – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $75

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.


GB025 Sutherland – Hamilton
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $180

A mint example of the Sutherland’s brewed stone ginger beer. Unusual for both the blue transfer and the narrow pint size. Buchan Portobello marked.


GB026 Enterprise – Fredericton
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $210

An undated Enterprise Bottling Company king ginger beer from Fredericton. A few light scuffs and scrapes from burial. Marked and matching stopper. The transfer on the stopper is mostly worn off. An excellent example of this one.


GB027 Toronto Threesome
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $140

Three Toronto ginger beers. The Gaskins brewed ginger beer has a 1/4″ base edge chip left side. Heavily crazed glaze. A nice example despite the issues. The Howel’s stone ginger beer has some heavy chipping to the lip. Otherwise excellent. The L.A. Kirkland is near mint.


GB028 Gurds Threesome
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $80

Three Gurds ginger beers. The tan top left is a Montreal style. Near mint. The teal centre is mint. The reddish brown top right is a Maritime division style. Near mint. All three are likely Medalta Potteries bottles.


GB029 Maritime Pair
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $110

A pair of East Coast ginger beers. The Wilson & Sullivan Halifax has a thin flake off the shoulder front. Otherwise good. The Orange Crush Truro is mint. There are a couple of lines running around this one, which are from the turning.


GB030 Toronto Pure
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $75

A pint size The Toronto Pure Ginger Beer Co. This had a heavy chip off the rear of the blob, which has been professionally restored. A scarce Toronto bottle.


GB031 Salisbury – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $75

A pair of Salisbury Ginger Beer Co bottles. Both had lip chips which have been professionally restored.


GB032 Pair of Ginger Beers
Minimum Bid: $50
Range:$75-100
Sold: $80

This lot contains two common bottles in uncommonly good condition. The Phillips Old English stone ginger beer is mint. Medalta Potteries bottle. The Pilgrim Bros brewed ginger beer Hamilton is near mint. Marked and matching stopper with no bail.