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Saturday, January 16, 2010

The finish line~

Yep, in just a couple of days, American Bottle Auctions offering number 49 will be history. For a change, tool tops are very well represented. And they appear to be drawing a lot of interest!

Lot number 75, a scarce variant of the Chevalier Whiskey Merchant is number 148 in Western Whiskey Bottles 4th Edition (WWB 4th). If the photos and description are accurate, this one's got everything going for it. Scarcity, condition and COLOR! At $180~, it's off to the races.

Lot 82, a tooled Chevalier Old Bourbon, blown in the glop top mold, is #133 in WWB 4th. It's got a couple of minor issues and is floundering at a hundred dollar bill. Based on the description, the damage sounds minimal and this could be a sleeper for someone who is willing to live with a couple of excuses.

Lot 83, is a small town cylinder from Santa Maria, Ca. Arguably one of the scarcer tooled tops dating to the turn of the century, this bottle should have crossover appeal to So. Cal. collectors and aficionados of the rarer tool tops alike. It's #559 in WWB 4th and is currently at $275~; evidence of it's appeal.

Lot 84, a full face Phoenix with a tool top which was blown in the globby mold is also having a tough time getting off the ground. #578 in WWB 4th, this bottle is notably harder to obtain as a toolie than as a glop. It's got a couple of minor problems in the form of a small lip chip and a couple of flashes, but if it stays at $150~, someone's going to get a good buy!

Lot 85, a labeled and embossed J. F. Cutter toolie, #227 in WWB 4th, is putting on a strong showing and is currently bidding at $180~. Looks like the word is out about the scarcity of original labeled and embossed toolies. Glad I wised up back in the 70's~

Lots 119 - 124 are groupings of tool tops ranging in quantity from three to five. Lots of variation here with dirt common to somewhat sought after examples all being represented. Based on current bids, they all are bringing strong numbers; evidence of the increasing popularity of this segment of western whiskey collecting.

OK gang, it's time to belly up to the bar and order your favorite brand of tool top whiskey~ Good luck to all!


NorCalBottleHunter said...

you couldn't be more right! i was the high bidder for lot #121 until today, I guess $300 just wasn't high enough, WOW!!!!!

Dr.Barnes said...

The lot #83, the short fifth from Santa Maria,Ca. How many of those are around? They seem to be pretty scarce. They seem to go $250.00 to $300.00 from what I have seen. DB

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