“R & G. A. Wright / Philada” Miniature Figural Bottle

“I am the star of this show”

During the recent Heckler Columbus Day Weekend Event, I had the opportunity to sneak a peak at some of the fine items in the Thomas McCandless Sessions II and III Auctions. You had to navigate the crowd, but it was well organized and worth it with Heckler bottle handlers working certain lots based on shelf placement. The flasks seemed to be getting most of the attention as expected. It was during this preview that one little bottle just jumped out and said “I am the star of this show” Well here it is. Amazing little figural. Color is spectacular.

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Lot #85 “R & G. A. Wright / Philada” Miniature Figural Bottle, America, 1860-1880. In the form of a cannon barrel, plum amethyst, tooled mouth – smooth base, ht. 6 7/8 inches. Great condition. Only one other known example, that being the blue barrel in the Dr. Charles Aprill collection. Ex Gordon Bass collection auction, 1971. $37,000 ($43,290 with 17% buyers premium)

Lot #85 "R & G. A. Wright / Philada" Miniature Figural Bottle

Lot #85 "R & G. A. Wright / Philada" Miniature Figural Bottle

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. He is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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One Response to “R & G. A. Wright / Philada” Miniature Figural Bottle

  1. Froggy says:

    This little cannon is incredible. Even knowing I would not bid on it, it was one of the 1st pieces I previewed. What a color! Better than the catalog/Internet pic’- more grape-amethyst and lighter. The crude tooling in the edge of the lip contributed to an A+ in the character dept. The feel of this diminutive rare piece in one’s hand was as enjoyable as it’s appearance! My bet is it’s headed to Denver. $37K+17 %($43,290) will seem cheap tomorrow. An incredible rarity.

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