Jeff Burkhardt alerts us to an auction house that quite frankly, I am not aware of which pleasantly surprises me. I am speaking of HistoricalGlass.com.
Glass International LLC was founded in 2000 by John De Caro. Prior to starting the company, John spent over a decade cataloging early American bottles and glass for a variety of absentee auction companies. On June 28, 2001, Glass International ended its first auction, part 1 of the Francis J. Mikalonis collection, featuring superb examples of quality American blown glass, including over 20 early sugar bowls. In the second sale, a unique New York state lily pad decanter was sold for $24,000.00, having excellent provenance, attributed to the little known Harrisburg NY glass works, it is now residing in the Houston Museum of Art.
In 2006 Glass International sold the collection of Phil & Shirley Gordon of Plattsburg NY, which included many specimens of Redford NY glass that had been on loan to the Clinton County Historical Society. Latter that year came the collection of Mr. & Mrs. Richard Bourcier of Malone NY, featuring a small but select group of blown lily pad and gadrooned tableware from the Redford Glass Works unequaled in rarity and beauty; the Bourcier lily pad sugar bowl sold for record $55,000.00 while a pair of gadrooned vases sold for $41,000.00.
In 2007 many wonderful pieces were consigned to auction by consummate collector Malcolm L Polis, and in 2008-09 part 1 and 2 of the Dr. John Schott collection was sold. Many record prices have been established and have been published in the Maine Antiques Digest. Glass International owes a debt of gratitude to friends & collectors who have repeatedly consigned some of the best examples of American glass to be found anywhere. A pair of South Jersey candle sticks in aquamarine bottle glass offered in auction 18 was just such a consignment bringing $42,000.00, and lastly, auction 20 saw the sale of an original Wistarburgh threaded mug, a single consignment, selling for a record $55,000.00.