Bottle Guide

ST. DRAKE’S

ST. DRAKE’S
Description:
ST. DRAKE’S1860 X PLANTATION BITTERS. Applied top 10”. 1862-72. D-106. Don and Bonnie McLane collection. This example has a little tinier embossing and the word “Plantation,” is a little off center. The color, boy we’ve shown this to a number of people and we’ve decided on “cherry Coke.” We have never seen another in this odd shade and we wonder if we ever will again. The pictures are right on and we are going to try and shoot some of these out doors in natural sunlight as that will give us more transparency in the bottle and the color. A one of a kind? I guess we’ll find out. Grades a 9.9.
Value:
$10500-12500

ST. DRAKE’S

ST. DRAKE’S
Description:
ST. DRAKE’S 1860 X PLANTATION BITTERS. Applied top 10”. 1862-72. D-105. We believe we can call this a deep tobacco amber. What separates this and every other Drake’s in the sale is the reverse side. It was either pulled from the mold a little early and the side collapsed, or somehow it was pushed in. Either way it’s definitely quite an interesting piece. The pictures tell the story and for something oddly different they don’t get much better. Grades a 9.9.
Value:
$520-580

ST. DRAKE’S

ST. DRAKE’S
Description:
ST. DRAKE’S1860 X PLANTATION BITTERS. Applied top 10”. 1862-72. D-108. Here’s a solid olive green example of this variant. It has a couple perfectly placed bubbles in the top area and just couldn’t get much better condition wise. Strong strike, this one has a lot to like. Grades a 9.9.
Value:
$4000-4400

ST. DRAKE’S

ST. DRAKE’S
Description:
ST. DRAKE’S 1860 X PLANTATION BITTERS. Applied top 10”. 1862-72. D-105. When comparing the last lot to this one, the only differences we see are first they are different variants, and this one is a little deeper green. This one has a little more character to the glass and overall they aren't a whole lot different but please check out the pictures and decide for yourself. Color is everything with these bottles and we will get them right. Grades 9.9
Value:
$3400-3800

ST. DRAKE’S

ST. DRAKE’S
Description:
ST. DRAKE’S 1860 X PLANTATION BITTERS. Applied top 10”. 1862-72. D-105. A nice light green coloration, this one does have a tiny “butterfly,” type potstone on the right side of the lower panel. A beautiful and delicate color, we would call it a deeper lime green. A rare color for the D-105. Would grade a 9.9 without the in-making stone. We will show a close-up.
Value:
$3200-3600

ST. DRAKE’S

ST. DRAKE’S
Description:
ST. DRAKE’S 1860 X PLANTATION BITTERS. PATENTED 1869 on reverse. Applied top 10”. 1862-72. D-109. Five log variation. Here is the rare example with the thatching on the front “Plantation,” panel and called the "five log. It also has no “X.” In addition it has the date 1869 versus the more common 1862 date on the reverse panel. We've added a picture to show you how easily it could be misread. A nice amber bordering on golden, it’s a rare bottle and the first we've sold.
Value:
$670-730

ST. DRAKE’S

ST. DRAKE’S
Description:
ST DRAKE’S 1860 PLANTATION X BITTERS. Applied top 10”. 1862-72. D-105. In a recent article on the Peachridge Glass website (http://www.peachridgeglass.com/2012/11/the-blue-green-drakes-mystery/) Ferdinand Meyer talked about this elusive bottle in regard to its blue green color. Here’s one that could simply be described as turquoise, and is a bottle that surpasses our expectations on almost every front. Condition is beautiful with the word Drake’s being very weak and there is some light wear on a roof edge corner, along with what could be described as a microscopic open bubble near the edge of the roof (see pictures and video). We believe the light strike on the word Drake’s is due to the bottle possibly being removed from the mold too quickly, or rather before the glass had a chance to settle into the upper part of the mold. As you can see, the entire upper portion of the bottle is slightly twisted. In Ring/Ham they talk about the inconsistencies of the embossing on these bottles, some even having dates that look a few years off. Here is one that rarely shows up and if you collect Drake’s, bitters, or just bottles for that matter, this is one you might not want to miss. Grade is 9.7 even with slight imperfections. Please look at this bottle; you’ll know what we mean. We’ve gone to great lengths to make sure the color is consistent with the bottle. As always, the still photos are the most reliable.
Value:
$32000-34000

ST. DRAKE’S

ST. DRAKE’S
Description:
ST. DRAKE’S 1860 X PLANTATION BITTERS. ST. DRAKE’S 1860 X PLANTATION BITTERS . Applied top 10”. 1862-72. D-103. Just another brilliant golden yellow example of the D-103, here’s one that could fit well into any collection. We’ll say golden amber with some topaz. Don and Bonnie McLane collection. Grades 9.9
Value:
$620-680

ST. DRAKE’S

ST. DRAKE’S
Description:
ST. DRAKE’S1860 X PLANTATION BITTERS. Applied top 10”. 1862-72. D-108. This example is more of the typical colors we see in Drakes. However it is extra brilliant with a few nicely placed bubbles and overall has loads of character. Another beauty. Grades a 9.7.
Value:
$145-195

ST. DRAKE’S

ST. DRAKE’S
Description:
ST. DRAKE’S 1860 X PLANTATION BITTERS. Applied top 10”. 1862-72. D-102. With the arabesque motif. Here’s is one of the more striking Drake’s in this sale. Not only is it absolutely hammered whittle, you are also getting a rare variant with the arabesque variant. Check out the pictures, topaz is the only color we could come up with for this beauty. Grades a 9.9. Don and Bonnie McLane collection.
Value:
$4200-4600
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