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Don Dwyer Collection

Auction # 70 Part 2

Auction Ended: Sunday June 6th, 2021 at 8:00 PM PDT / 11:00 PM EST
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Picture of Don DwyerWe are proud and happy to be presenting the Don Dwyer Collection of Soda and Bitters bottles for auction 70. Don began collecting antique bottles in the 1960’s when he was checking out some old Chinese camps near his home in Oroville, CA. Owner and founder of a lumber business, Don found some old bottles and other items years back and became hooked. Working in the forest gave him the opportunity to enjoy his time outside and visit old lumber camps while he also kept his eyes peeled for bottles and other artifacts. He also has a keen interest in mining placer gold. Back then he collected various types of bottles, but he said when the Wichmann Bitters book came out in 1999, Antique Western Bitters Bottles, he decided to concentrate his collection solely on bitters. His goal was to try and get every specimen in the book and he came very close.
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 BENNETT’S WILD CHERRY STOMACH BITTERS with CHENERY, SOUTHER & CO SOLE AGENTS SAN FRANCISCO CAL. B 73 Applied top. There are two variants of this scarce bitters, this example with the straight embossing is considered not as rare as the other variant. But then it all depends on who you ask. This has a chip off the lip, possibly from an icepick. It’s not horrible but could certainly bother some collectors. Otherwise, this is a bright yellowish amber with loads of embossing and of course the curved “R.” Without the chip, would grade a 9.  
$ 240
 BENNETT’S WILD CHERRY STOMACH BITTERS with CHENERY, SOUTHER & CO SOLE AGENTS SAN FRANCISCO CAL. B 74 Applied top. There are two variants of this scarce bitters, this example with the curved embossing is considered rarer than the other variant but we don’t see many of each. Unfortunately, this one is badly damaged, and isn’t that the way? We’ve never seen a Bennett’s this whittled and crude before and it’s badly cracked. No grade but still pretty to look at.  
$ 1,100
 JEWEL BITTERS with JOHN BOWMAN & CO. Applied top J 35. Dug in Weston, WA. Weston is a ghost town in Washington and this bottle was found there in 1980. There are two variants of this bottle, the other having the A. Fortlouis, name embossed. They were specifically distributed in Seattle and Washington. According to Ring/Ham there was a saloon located in the state that sold the bitters in the early 90’s, owned by Fortlouis. Almost perfect, this one grades a 9.  
$ 550
 PERUVIAN BITTERS Applied top. P 66. No monogram on reverse. Don was an avid collector of some particular western bitters and the Peruvian is a perfect bottle to find numerous variants. We have here just half of examples from his collection. This one is a chocolate amber with an applied top. Not a color we see often in the Peruvians. The absences of a monogram on the reverse is very rare. We don't remember seeing an example without some monogram. Condition is about perfect with a nice drippy top. An easy 9+.  
$ 2,600
 PERUVIAN BITTERS in medium amber, 1871-91. Tooled top P 66. This example has the rarely seen “PBC” monogram on reverse. It’s believed that it simply stands for “Peruvian Bitters Company.” These are a pretty rare variant to this about perfect bottle. Grades a 9  
$ 60
 PERUVIAN BITTERS medium amber,1871-91. And yet another Peruvian, this is the variant with the Wilmerding monogram on reverse. With a very drippy top, we believe this to be an earlier variant. Listed as 69 in Wilson. A nice-looking light amber that will go good with other Peruvians or just solo on your shelf.  
$ 60
 PERUVIAN BITTERS Tooled top in medium amber with unusual M& Co.monogram on reverse. 1871-91. P 66. It’s interesting that Don went after different colors, but in addition he seems to have all the monogram variants. A note on this bottle says that we sold this bottle earlier from the D.E. Seppala Collection. Apparently, the unusual monogram stands for “Mac & Company.” They were a well-known wholesaler in San Francisco. Bottle is overall about perfect and would grade a 9+.  
$ 130
 PERUVIAN BITTERS yellow amber,1871-91, P 69 with applied top. Here is another Peruvian Bitters, this is the early variant listed as 69 in Wilson. Nice drippy top in a bright yellow amber. Here is a fine example that is about mint. Grades a 9.5.  
$ 230
 PERUVIAN BITTERS medium amber, 1871-91. P 69A Applied top. Here is a great condition example in the standard medium amber. A fine condition example and if you’re just looking for a Peruvian to remind you of your trip to Peru, this one will do. Grades a 9+  
$ 50
 PERUVIAN BITTERS clear glass 1871-91. P 66. Here is the rare clear version that we don’t see very often, and it’s considered rare. The glass will not turn purple and is possibly lead glass. That’s an expensive bottle for being just a Peruvian. The top appears to be an early tooled type. Frankly, it’s hard to tell. Some decent crudity and grades an 8.5.  
$ 160
 ALEX VON HUMBOLDT’S STOMACH BITTERS. Applied top. 1868-72. Here’s an early example of the bitters that began being blown in San Francisco in the early part of the western bitter’s movement. The name of the bitters was based on a famous botanist named Buenman Von Humboldt. We see these in varying shades of amber and are often crude as this one is. This one is a medium amber with loads of overall whittle and crudity. It has the applied tapered top and condition is overall very nice with the exception of a flake off the left back top and an in-making flash about 3/4" long on the right side panel. Otherwise, a fine-looking bottle that is considered rare, especially when they look like this. Take away the two minor flaws and you have an easy 9 grade. We were reluctant to mention the annealing flash but it's definitely a part of the bottle.  
$ 850
 GRAND PRIZE BITTERS. Applied top. 1880-84. Here is one that the successful Louis Taussig Co. put out as their entry into the bitters market. With the label reading Cooper’s Grand Prize Bitters, it won first place at the 1876 Centennial in Celebration in Philadelphia. Looking like a Peruvian Bitters, these bottles are very rare and one we don’t see often. There are some well-placed bubbles in the shoulders and although it’s not a super crude example, none of the ones we’ve seen are. It’s an example of the production of bitters in San Francisco during the 1880’s. Unlike the Peruvian’s, notice all four panels are inset. Grades a 9.  
$ 425
 DR. RENZ’S HERB BITTERS with applied top in pastel green. 1868-81. Don had a definite love affair with western squares, which became very apparent when we saw the number of Renz & Rosesnbaum bottles. Here is the large-lettered variant in a bright pastel green. This one is unfortunate, as it has a large crack running through it. There is also a chip off the mouth. We can say that it still looks good on your shelf and it’s certainly gonna save you a lot of money. It’s amazing that Renz’s are seen in green as often as they are. No grade.  
$ 350
 DR. RENZ’S HERB BITTERS with applied top in green with some amber. 1868-81. Here is another example with the large lettering, this time with the curved R’s. Condition appears about perfect, as we see virtually no flaws to speak of. If you’re looking for a Renz on the green side, this one might be the one. Grades a 9.5.  
$ 1,100
 ROSENBAUM’S BITTERS SAN FRANCISCO N.B. JACOBS & CO. Applied top in a light bright teal color. 1860-69. This is the larger of the Rosenbaum bitters, as they also come in a smaller size as seen in the next lots. The range of colors these bottles come in is truly amazing and this one is a great example of that. A pastel bluish-green that frankly we don’t remember seeing before. We have looked this bottle over ten times and on the last try we found an area 1/4" in diameter which is a resin repair on the lip. For pure interest the bottle is crudely made with even some stringy glass stuck to the neck. A very nice example of what a rare colored old bottle is supposed to look like. We will safely call this a 9 not considering the repaired lip.  
$ 2,000
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Don Dywer Story Continues
The bottles Don accumulated often came in different variants, applied top or tooled top of the same bottle, color runs and at the top of his list were squares. Among the many bottles we are selling are his run of Renz’s Bitters and Rosenbaum’s. From the very rare and valuable to the grouping of Lash’s Bitters in every shape and size, Don knew what a collector must do when trying to put together every specimen, and he did it.

His desire to collect sodas and mineral waters was a valiant one. Where most western collectors go after either just the examples made in San Francisco, Don had a varying number of pontiled examples that were made in the east and brought out west for a western company. Once again color runs were another exciting part of his soda collection as he has different colored examples of the same bottle.

Don will still maintain his vast collection of Marysville bottles. His home is located directly in the forest and with the fires that have occurred over the last number of years, he won’t miss what seemed a yearly evacuation to save his bottle collection. He looks forward to taking it easy and doing some hunting and fishing and maybe find some gold. He has three sons he’d like to spend more time with and although collecting is in his blood, he will still maintain his local collection and enjoy the free time he will have. We have to say we were excited to hear from Don when he first called our office and said he had made his decision. I asked him at least a few times, “are you sur you want to sell your collection, ” and each time came the same answer, “Yes.” We hope you are excited as we are, and we look forward to presenting this part 1 of the Don Dwyer Collection.

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