MLA Auction 49 – Spring 2020 – Sodas

Closed Sat May 2 at 6pm ET.

SD001 Pilgrim & Co – Hamilton
Minimum Bid: $1500
Range:$2000-2500
Sold: $2650

Robert Pilgrim established a soda water making dynasty in Hamilton Canada West in the 1850s. This was an interesting time in the soda making industry with plenty of competition. To make their products standout, the Pilgrims paid a premium for attractive colourful glass bottles. This squat soda is a beautiful example. Deep cobalt coloured glass with a strong violet tone. Note the streak of dark blue swirling through the neck! Full iron pontil with lots of iron remaining. Near mint with only the tiniest flaws. One of Canada’s best coloured Canada West era squats!


SD002 Eves – Kingston
Minimum Bid: $1000
Range:$1500-2000
Sold: $3150

The Eves were a force in the early Canadian soda water business, running operations in multiple cities over many years. James Eves senior established both beer and ginger beer businesses in Belleville Canada West in 1847. Upon his death in 1855, James junior assumed ownership and continued the operation in Belleville. In 1859, he moved the business to Kingston and stayed until 1862. This bottle is certainly one of the first used by the firm. Some collectors call these “stick-letter” Eves because the embossing is in a sans serif font. This helps date the bottle because later similar examples have a serifed font. Checkout the next lot and you can see the difference. The stick-letter bottles are all iron pontiled and come in at least three colours: aqua, green and blue. This is a fine specimen in light cobalt coloured glass. When found, this bottle must have had some chipping around the blob edge. This has been polished off and a remaining 1/4″ chip filled with resin. See closeups of the blob edge. Otherwise excellent. Super clean both inside and out. If tumbled, it was a great job. The iron pontil remains quite visible, though no iron remains. An early, rare and stunning coloured squat soda!


SD003 Eves – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $400
Range:$600-800
Sold: $425

James Eves moved his business from Kingston to Toronto in 1862 and it is generally accepted that these 1862 dated squats were his first bottles in the new location. Rich deep aqua coloured glass. Smooth base. Well tumbled. Near mint. A super example of this scarce early bottle!


SD004 Bilton – London
Minimum Bid: $300
Range:$400-600
Sold: $500

Edward S Bilton established his soda water company in London Canada West in 1863. These dated squats would have been his first bottles. Deep aqua coloured glass, edging on light teal. Excellent condition. Tumbled clean with some residual stain inside the neck and blob. A bit of case wear to the embossing. Embedded potstone rear. Note the heavy lean which gives the bottle some real character. A great example of this scarce squat soda!



SD005 Pilgrim Brothers – Hamilton
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $350

A siphon from the Pilgrim Brothers Hamilton Mineral Water Company. Bright green coloured glass. Awesome eagle trademark! Near mint condition. Bit of internal stain and some tiny pings typical of siphons. Marked and matching top. A scarce siphon in a hard to find colour.


SD006 McLaughlin – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

A torpedo bottle from J.J. McLaughlin Toronto Ontario. A scarce and early bottle from this iconic company. Wonderful heavily embossed mortar and pestle trademark. 1″ area of bruising and a thin flat flake off the left side of the blob. Otherwise excellent.


SD007 Burns – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

Alexander and William Burns assumed ownership of the Beaver Soda Water Works in Toronto in 1870. This is a great example of their bowling pin style soda with beaver trademark. Deep rich aqua coloured glass. Well tumbled. Near mint with only minor imperfections.


SD008 Riddell – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

Francis Riddell ran a soda water and ginger beer business for just a couple of years, 1870-71. This squat-style bottle is base marked by the Hamilton Glassworks. Pale icy-blue coloured glass typical of the HGW. Tumbled clean. There is a 1″ thin bruise which runs along the blob edge rear. A scarce Toronto soda and early HGW marked bottle.


SD009 Smith – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $140

Hugh T Smith ran a soda water business in Toronto from 1867 to 1876. Fortunately for collectors, he used attractive bottles with a monogram trademark and 1867 patent date. We are offering two variants of his squat soda in this sale. This variant is Canadian-made, almost certainly by the Hamilton Glassworks. Aqua coloured with the icy-blue tone consistent with HGW glass. Near mint with ony minor imperfections. A terrific example of this scarce bottle.


SD010 Smith – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $100

This variant of the H.T. Smith is quite different from the previous lot. These are generally thought to be British-made. Pale green coloured glass. Near mint with light stain. Note the base is very thick with over a 1/2″ of glass. Heavy little bottle. Another great example!


SD011 Matthews – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $100

James Matthews established his soda water business in Toronto in 1875. This squat style bottle was likely his first. While not marked, this is a Hamilton Glassworks made bottle. Icy-blue coloured glass. Tumbled clean. Near mint condition. Some wisps of white in the blob. An excellent example of this scarce Toronto squat.


SD012 Lagososa Bottling Works – Windsor
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $350

A Codd style bottle from the Lagosoda Bottling Works of Windsor Ontario. Note the “Better Drinks”. A dug bottle which exhibits some stain and heavy ground wear. No chips or cracks. A scarce bottle that is seldom seen. First we have offered.


SD013 Pilgrim Brothers – Hamilton
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $150

A torpedo style soda from the Pilgrim Brothers Hamilton Ontario. Great eagle trademark. Strongly embossed. Light internal stain. Some extra glass on the base left from the moulding. An excellent example of this classic pictorial Canadian soda.


SD014 Walsh – Barrie
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $100

An applied-crown quart soda from J.T. Walsh Barrie Ontario. I have always loved the prehistoric looking beaver trademark on this one. Heavily embossed. Glass full of big fat bubbles. Tumbled clean. A few scuffs and scrapes. Overall excellent condition.


SD015 Knox – Peterboro
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $275

A blob top quart soda from D. Knox Peterboro Ontario. Great lion trademark with strong detail to the embossing. Tumbled clean. A bit of residual internal stain and a few minor scuffs and scrapes. Some nice milk and amber coloured swirls in the neck.


SD016 McLaughlin – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $140

An applied-crown quart soda from J.J. McLaughlin Toronto Ontario. This acid-etched bottle is scarce. Near mint with only minor imperfections. Super globby applied top. Full gloss to the exterior glass. A beautiful example of this one.


SD017 Crozier – Orangeville
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $500

A pair of quart sodas from James Crozier Orangeville Ontario. Great stag head trademark. The applied-crown top left is near mint with a wisp of internal stain. The blob top right is full of bubbles. Tumbled clean. Some heavy scrapes rear. Interesting to note the differences in the trademark between these two.


SD018 Pair of Ontario Sodas
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $140

A pair of quart sodas. The Arnprior Bottling Works is an early machine-made crown style. Terrific bell trademark! Excellent condition with just a few light scrapes. The F.P. Hinds Orillia Ontario is an applied-crown style. Awesome trademark of a stag’s head flanked by two guns. Some light stain and a few scuffs. This one would tumble perfect.


SD019 Pilgrim Pair
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $350

A pair of quart size Pilgrim soda bottles. The left one is a scarce T.M. Pilgrim from Brantford Ontario. The right one is a Pilgrim Brothers from Hamilton Ontario. Both are excellent with a few minor scuffs and scrapes.


SD020 Hamilton Siphon Pair
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $75

A pair of siphons from Hamilton Ontario. The left one is a Cummer & Son. Internal stain and a few tiny pings. Top marked W.H. Calvert. The right one is a Pilgrim Brothers. Internal stain. A few 1/4″ bruises off the base edge. Top marked La Kola Company Hamilton. Both sport great eagle trademarks.


SD021 McLaughlin – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $50
Range:$75-100
Sold: $85

A bowling-pin style McLaughlin’s Hygeia Waters Toronto Ontario. Clear glass with some nice milky swirls in the neck. Mortar and pestle trademark. Applied crown top. Excellent condition.