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Auction # 61

Auction Ended: April 26th, 2015 7 PM PDT / 10 PM EDT
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 THE EXCELSIOR WATER with WATER in slugplate. 1850-60. Applied top, graphite pontil. 8-sided. Markota page 32. 1850-60. This water bottle is a bit of a mystery in that the only business listed with this name was located in San Francisco. Markota feels it could have been used by one of four different distributors including Cudworth. The bottle is a beautiful green with lots of crudity and whittle. The top is a little askew and aside from some very light wear it doesn’t appear cleaned or have any distractions. A beauty. Grades a 9.3.  
$ 500
 J.T. ELKO NEV. Applied top. 1880's. One of the oldest Nevada sodas, it is not totally known who “J.T.” was, possibly J. Tucker Saloon or also J.D. Treat who ran a hotel in Elko according to Markota. Rare and not a lot known about this one. They only come in shades of aqua. This is only the second one we’ve offered. Upon very close inspection we've notice a tiny imperfection on the reverse lip, mentioned for accuracy. We're including a picture. Grades a 9.5.  
$ 3,600
 GOLDEN GATE Applied top, smooth base. 1850's-60's. A relatively obscure bottle regarding its origin, there is still no certainty what city this bottle was made for. However since the Bay Area proper, as a whole is called The Golden Gate, probably made for a San Francisco concern. The bridge is named for the bay it traverses. They come in different variants and colors. Grades a 9.0. With some light scratches and interior haze.  
$ 210
 FOUNTAIN & TALLMAN CALFa BRIDGETON NJ. 1853 only. This soda was made for Placerville concern or what was originally known as Dry Diggins and then Hangtown. Relying on the late but never forgotten Peck Markota for much of our soda information, Placerville was the earliest established town in its mining district (1848). Apparently the partnership of Fountain and Tallman was a short one and they went their separate ways after only a year. John Fountain, continued to pursue soda but in a much smaller venue. Grades a 9.4 with just a bit of interior haze.  
$ 3,400
 OWEN CASEY EAGLE SODA WORKS SAC CITY. 1867-81. Owen Casey bottles were made in great abundance and in a number of different colors. With some good whittle and overall crudity and in Near Mint condition, here’s an example that would fit well into any collection. A hard to find green example, the picture tells the story. Grades a 9.5 with a scuff mark on the reverse lower panel.  
$ 650
 SAN LUIS OBISPO SODA WATER WORKS S. CERRIBELLI 1874-82. Here’s a rare one we don’t see often. Lots of embossing in a nice light aqua. These also come in a Hutchinson style bottle but they were made much later on. Grades a 9.3.  
$ 300
 G. LOMAX CHICAGO in slugpate. 7 3/8”. Applied blob style top with graphite soda. This is a bit of an unusual soda and from what we can find pretty scarce. The embossing is in a slug plate and check out the size of the blob top! A professionally cleaned bottle, for pure eye appeal here’s one beautiful blue Chicago soda. Grades an 8.7.  
$ 400
 THOMPSON’S PREMIUM MINERAL WATERS UNION SODA WORKS SAN FRANCISCO 1872-95. Blob top. Here is an unusually shaped ten pin from San Francisco. The little embossed design in the center is meant to be a generator, which would provide the bubbles for the sparkling beverage. These are scarce. This one has a huge applied top and overall in nice shape. Grades a 9.6.  
$ 650
 TARR & SMITH BOSTON MINERAL WATER. Applied top, smooth base. Here’s a fairly scarce mineral water from Boston. This one has not been cleaned and is still very presentable. Probably made just after they stopped using a pontil rod, it’s a nice green coloration with strong embossing. Probably a good thing Tarr’s partner was not named Feather. Grades an 8.9. Good condition for an early soda.  
$ 180
 M.R SACRIMENTO UNION GLASS WORKS on reverse. 1851-63. Iron pontil. Possibly the first of the three variants made by Union Glass Works. Note the misspelling of the word Sacramento. These first bottles are exciting, not only for the misspelling but also because they are an early “Gold Rush “soda that are usually quite crude and come in both blue and green. A super example with a big fat top and all of its original graphite. Ex. Dolcini Collection. Grades a 9.4.  
$ 2,400
 H. MAW & CO. EUREKA NEVADA Blob top, smooth base. An 1880’s bottle, the more common of these bottles reads “MAU”. Thought to be Henry Mau, a wholesale grocer first in San Francisco and then in the mining areas of Nevada. He was evidently fairly successful. A great condition example has an open bubble on reverse. Grades a 9.7.  
$ 700
 LYNDE & PUTNAM MINERAL WATERS SAN FRANCISCO CAL.A / UNION GLASS WORKS PHILADA on reverse. 1850-51. Applied top, iron pontil. These are a popular western soda that seems to be more prevalent than the two years they were made suggest. Seen in various colors from blue to green, this example is a bluish green. Pretty good condition as it appears to have been cleaned but is very presentable on the shelf. Typical nice crudity and bubbles, grades an 8.  
$ 450
 TAYLOR & CO VALPARAISO CHILI / SODA WATER on reverse. Early 1850’s. A pretty teal colored example, it is in especially nice condition especially for a soda. There’s a lot of info on Taylor in Markota, a must read if you collect sodas. Asher Taylor was basically a very resourceful entrepreneur staking ground in Chile and utilizing their fresh water for making soda. His spot in Chili was also a stop off point for boats coming round the horn. This one is a top specimen in this color, grades a 9.3.  
$ 325
 W.H. BURT SAN FRANCISCO 1852. Iron pontil. Originally a Pittsburgh native, Joseph Buffum arrived in San Francisco in 1849. Like many who came west to seek their fortune mining gold, Buffum soon began producing his own brand of soda. William Burt took over in late 1852 and had these bottles made. A very nice example with little in the way of distractions. Grades a 9.5.  
$ 240
 B & G SAN FRANCISCO 1852-56. Iron pontil. Bache & Grotjan owned the company and lasted four years. This same mold was used for the highly sought after CC&B soda which is nearly identical aside from the lettering. These are not considered rare but nonetheless a very desirable bottle with its 10-sided mug base and beautiful blue color. Great condition grading 9.3.  
$ 550
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