I enjoy sitting on a flight and looking at an auction catalog. It gives me time to focus and make notes and to develop a game plan if something interests me. I also learn about bottles by reading all write-ups. It then becomes more interesting to watch the online movement on specific bottles that I tagged during my paper review. In this case, I reviewed the upcoming Norman C. Heckler Auction 98 flying from Baltimore to Houston this past Tuesday morning.
As usual, the Heckler clan has put together a stunning group of 194 lots that really made the review fun. I pulled a few favorites that received red pen notes, circles, *asterisks, exclamation marks!, etc. and posted below.
"I.X.L. / Valley / Whiskey / E & B. Bevan / Pittston / PA." Figural Whiskey Bottle, America, 1840-1860.
Eagle - "Dyottville Glass Works / Philada" Historical Flask, Dyottville Glass Works, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1860-1870.
"Milton J. Hardy / Pure / Old / Rye / Trade Mark / (Eagle) / Wellington A. Hardy / Manufacturer / Louisville / KY." Whiskey Bottle, America, 1874-1879.
"John Clarke" - "New - York" Mineral Water Jar Whimsey, probably Mount Vernon Glass Works, Vernon, New York, 1833-1846.
Large Thirteen Star Flag - "New Granite Glass Works / Stoddard / N.H." Historical Flask, New Granite Glass Works, Stoddard, New Hampshire, 1846-1860.
Double Handled Freeblown Sugar Bowl Or Porridge Bowl, probably Mount Pleasant Glass Works, Saratoga, New York, 1820-1850.
Washington - Taylor Portrait Flask, Dyottville Glass Works, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1840-1860.
Pattern Molded Pocket Bottle, twelve "nipt" diamond pattern, probably Stiegel's American Flint Glass Manufactory, Manheim, Pennsylvania, 1770-1774.