The Sale of The Private Collection of George S. McKearin – 1931 & 1932

Recognized as the Finest and Most Comprehensive in Existence

Stiegel – South Jersey – New York State – New England – Ohio and Mid-Western – Blown Three-Mold


A Small Group of American Pottery

Catalogue Written by the Owner George S. McKearin And Sold by His Order

I was finally able to secure the 1931 American Art Association – Anderson Galleries (New York City) sale catalogs of Early American Glass from The Private Collection of George S. McKearin (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.). My thanks goes to FOHBC Hall of Famer, Bill Baab (Augusta, Georgia) for providing the two catalogs (Part One and Part Two) with the prices realized as a gift.

The Part One Unrestricted Public Sale occurred on April 22 and 23, 1931 while the Second  Sale occurred on January 6 and 7, 1932.

I find myself learning at every step from this historical information which is invaluable. It is also quite interesting to look at the prices realized for each piece. The majority of the pieces sold for under $30! The highest price in both sales, by far, was $925 for Lot 223a which reads:

CLEAR AMETHYST GLASS PERFUME BOTTLE – Daisy in square design – Note: This is a fine and perfect example of these amethyst perfume bottles which were perhaps the apex of Stiegel’s achievement as a glassmaker. [See illustration page 1]*

*obviously this was the standout piece in both sales with the price realized and positioning of the photograph opposite of Page 1 in the first book. There were no color plates in these catalogues which is not surprising. The description of this flask as a Perfume Bottle seems odd to me.


1981 – Helen McKearin

In recognition for her outstanding literary achievements in the field if research and writing, resulting in the publication of comprehensive reference books and periodicals on the subject of American glass and bottles. She co-authored American Glass with her father, George S. McKearin.

1989 – George S. McKearin

His commitment to bottle collecting resulted in extensive research and development of two major books with daughter Helen – American Glass and Two Hundred Years of American Blown Glass. He spoke extensively throughout the United States and Europe and was consulted by major museums, collectors and auction houses. His unequaled early glass collection sold at auction in 1931-32, being dispersed in collections across the U.S. His figural (historical) flask identification chart remains the singular means of describing each specimen.

Picture of Helen McKearin (daughter of George McKearin) and Ken Wilson taken at Old Sturbridge Village in 1956

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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