MLA Auction 48 – Fall 2019 – Sodas

Closed Sat Nov 16 at 6pm ET.

SD001 Gully – Hamilton
Minimum Bid: $1000
Range:$1500-2000
Sold: $2250

Thomas Gully ran his soda water & pop factory from 1875-1885 in Hamilton, Ontario. This bowling pin style soda was surely his first bottle. These are fairly common in aqua glass. I remember when this blue example first surfaced years ago; it caused quite a stir. The Hamilton Glassworks made bottles in this spectacular blue for just a few years in the 1870s. There are only a handful of Canadian sodas in this colour. This T. Gully may be a one-of-a-kind. Tumbled clean with a bit of residual stain in the neck. Basically mint. A top shelf soda.


SD002 Pilgrim – Hamilton CW
Minimum Bid: $600
Range:$1000-1200
Sold: $1750

This summer, I picked up a collection of sodas found by a diver in the Hamilton area. The diver had passed and I was dealing with the family. The bottles were packed away a long time. Talk about fresh to market! I was thrilled and surprised to find two early R.A. Pilgrim Hamilton CW (Canada West) bowling pin sodas in this collection. This one is a deep teal green. Smooth base. The condition is extraordinary. Not a chip or a crack, even in the blob. There is some stain from being in the water, but this is very light. Tumbled this bottle would be pristine, but I personally like the water worn surface. Robert A Pilgrim established his soda water company in 1858. This bottle would date from around 1862. A truly great soda with age, condition and colour going for it.


SD003 Pilgrim – Hamilton CW
Minimum Bid: $300
Range:$400-600
Sold: $1150

This cobalt R.A. Pilgrim came from the same diver’s collection. Hard to imagine the thrill he must have had when this pair came out! Sadly, this beautiful bottle has a major flaw. Dead centre front is a large potstone that resulted in two large chips. This is in-manufacturing damage, but damage nonetheless. Despite the potstone, it appears this bottle was used. The lip has a bit of minor flaking from the cork being pried out. There are a couple of base edge flakes. Some light stain from water wear that could be tumbled. Iron pontiled with plenty of iron left. A rare and beautiful bottle that you may never see in better condition.


SD004 Bilton – Hamilton
Minimum Bid: $400
Range:$600-800
Sold: $1550

H.W. Bilton ran a soda water company in Hamilton from 1864-1878. In 1868, he patented a trademark design for his bottles featuring an anchor. Bilton must have carried-on a fair business, because these 1868 patent bottles are fairly common. This one is an exceptional example. The colour is killer! I can only describe it as a steel blue. Beautiful rich colour. Likely Hamilton Glassworks. Tumbled clean. Dead mint! Not a scratch. Got to be the best one of these out there.


SD005 Howard – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $400
Range:$600-800
Sold: $1250

James Howard was a hotel owner and soda water maker in Toronto Canada West. Bottles from his company are extremely rare and unsual for having “superior ginger beer” embossed. Iron pontiled. There is a 2″ deep chip off the base edge rear, otherwise this bottle is excellent. Perfect lip. Very light stain. Lots of iron left in the pontil. First one we have sold.


SD006 Richards – Halifax
Minimum Bid: $600
Range:$1000-1200
Sold: $800

JJ Richards ran a soda water business in Halifax, Nova Scotia from 1858-1875. There are five different variants of the JJ Richards torpedo. This one has LEMONADE on the back. This is a scarce bottle that is very tough to find in good condition. This one is excellent. There are a few tiny flakes and bruises to the lip. Some scratches to the body from burial. Best one I have handled.


SD007 Clark Bros – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $300
Range:$500-600
Sold: $375

The Clark Brothers ran a soda water making empire in Toronto from 1879-1900. This torpedo style bottle was likely one of their first. These are extremely rare. This one is near mint. Tumbled clean. Strongly embossed, which is uncommon with this bottle as the font is thin. Some fine chipping where the bail wire rubbed on the neck. Great big bubble! Best one of these I have seen or handled.


SD008 Dodds – Seaforth
Minimum Bid: $400
Range:$600-800
Sold: $500

John Dodds ran a soda water business in Seaforth, Ontario from 1888-1914. This pink coloured fluted siphon is a rare bottle from this firm. Near mint. Two tiny bruises on the base. Original marked and matching top. A gorgeous rare siphon with terrific colour and form.


SD009 Fairall – Victoria
Minimum Bid: $400
Range:$600-800
Sold: $425

This rare siphon from the Fairall soda water works in Victoria BC is made from uranium glass, literally glass that contains uranium. This glass was popular in the 1920s and 30s. You see it mostly in pressed glass tableware, not so much in bottles. The glass colour in normal light appears a pale yellow. When the bottle is exposed to ultraviolet light, it fluoresces a bright green. Near mint with just a tiny bit of stain and a couple of flea bites. Top is marked: Crystal Springs Water Supply.


SD010 Pilgrim – Hamilton
Minimum Bid: $400
Range:$600-800
Sold: $1500

There are three different Pilgrim Bros Codd style bottles from Hamilton, Ontario. We are pleased to offer stellar examples of all three in this auction. This first style is by far the rarest type. Note the design is compact within a slug plate. This is an English-made Codd bottle. Tumbled clean. Mint condition.


SD011 Pilgrim – Hamilton
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $200

This variant of the Pilgrim Bros Codd bottle is my personal favourite. This one was made by the Hamiltion Glassworks and the glass is a beautiful icy blue. The embossing on this bottle is crisp and sharp. Tumbled clean. A few sm pings off the base of the body, but otherwise excellent.


SD012 Pilgrim – Hamilton
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

A third variant of the Pilgrim Bros Codd bottle. Similar to the first style, but this is a private mould and the embossing is quite a bit larger. Tumbled clean. Tiny thin flake off the lip. Near mint.


SD013 Excelsior – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $425

A scarce Codd style bottle from the Excelsior Beverages company Toronto, Ontario. English-made and marked bottle. Note the “Extra Strong Glass” embossed rear. Dead mint condition. Even has the original rubber washer.


SD014 Fralick – Orillia
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $160

Adam Fralick ran a soda water factory in Orillia, Ontario from 1874-1887. This fat-bodied gravitating style soda bottle would have been one of his first. This is a scarce bottle. This example has been tumbled clean. There remains a haze from tumbling. A few tiny pings and scrapes from burial but otherwise clean.


SD015 Horton – Simcoe
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $750

This J. Horton blob quart soda from Simcoe, Ontario is one of my favourites. The crossed lacrosse sticks and net posts make for a great iconic trademark. Mint condition. If you have wanted one of these, wait no more.


SD016 Burns – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $325

Alexander and William Burns took over operation of the Beaver Soda Water Works in Toronto in 1870. This is a great example of their bowling pin style soda with a prominent slug-plate and 406 Younge Street address. Deep rich aqua coloured glass. Lots of character with a heavy sag in the back and a big beautiful bubble in the front. Near mint condition. A bit of light flaking on the neck from the wire bail rubbing. Tiny ping off the base edge. Some internal stain. A great example of this one.


SD017 Bilton – Hamilton
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $65

A lovely H.W. Bilton 1862 squat soda in pale aqua coloured glass. Some internal stain but no chips or cracks. Tumbled this one would be perfect.


SD018 Bilton – Hamilton
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $75

A H.W. Bilton 1862 torpedo soda. Heavy lip damage. Heavy stain and wear to the body. Well embossed. A chance to own an 1860s dated torpedo without breaking the bank.


SD019 Torpedo Stand
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $130

A sweet nickle plated torpedo stand. Just over 3″ tall.


SD020 Pair of Ontario Quarts
Minimum Bid: $50
Range:$75-100
Sold: $110

A pair of Ontario quart sodas. The F.J. Young is an applied-crown style. Some heavy stain but otherwise good. The Clark Bros Toronto is a blob quart. Great trademark on this big bottle. Some scratching on the face, but otherwise good.


SD021 Pilgrim – Hamilton CW
Minimum Bid: $50
Range:$75-100
Sold: $75

An R.A. Pilgrim Hamilton CW (Canada West) bowling-pin style soda with eagle trademark. Some heavy lip damage, including a 1″ crack. Embossing is weak on the front, though the eagle is good on the rear. Heavy stain. A tough bottle to find in any condition.


SD022 Jenks – Hamilton
Minimum Bid: $50
Range:$75-100
Sold: $110

A blob quart Challand Jenks & Co Hamilton, Ontario. A scarce blob quart. I have always liked the embossing on these C&J bottles. This one is excellent. Some internal stain which would likely clean up some. No chips or cracks. Nice green tint to the glass.


SD023 Reed – Kingston
Minimum Bid: $50
Range:$75-100
Sold: $130

Leander G. Reed ran a soda water company in Kingston, Ontario from 1869-70. This is a nice example of his arrow neck squat soda bottle. Small flakes off the blob edge and some heavy stain, but otherwise good.


SD024 Norton – Berlin
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $275

A scarce C.H. Norton siphon from Berlin Ontario. Heavy internal stain. Tiny flea bite bruise in the “H”. Four 1/4″ bruises on the base. Real minor stuff.