Bottle Guide


MILLS’ SELTZER SPRINGS. Circa 1874. Here we have one of the rarer and more interesting of the mineral waters in this sale, The Mills Seltzer Springs. Luther Mills came to San Francisco in 1849, and after selling his ship and cargo, began a grocery and wholesale liquor trade. According to Markota his ill health forced him to Santa Clara County where he purchased the Congress Springs Hotel and in 1874 began bottling his own water. It’s interesting how we see Pacific Congress Water go to Mill’s Seltzer Springs and then finally to Azule Seltzer Springs. At any rate, of all the bottles we have discussed, this is by far the rarest. And what a beautiful bottle it is. It is believed there are only three known; the first one we sold was from the Bob West collection. This one is loaded with eye appeal, as it has lots of whittle and brilliant golden amber with even just a touch of olive. Here’s a grade 9 seltzer you most likely will not have another chance at for quite some time. A bottle we’re very proud to offer. Est. $3000-6000. MB $2500.
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