SOTW has been on vacation in Wales for the past couple of weeks. If you've never been to Wales -- and most people haven't it seems -- you don't know what you're missing. The coastline is breathtaking and the beaches unspoiled, and one can ramble for miles across heather headlands with only sheep for company. Unfortunately I didn't even have access to a phone connection, let alone the internet, so if I missed anything important and fail to mention it here, I apologize in advance. But this was quite a month for high-flying glasses and there's much to mull over.
....But before considering what's sold, I have to mention one to watch. I seriously considered making it SOTW, even though the auction is still running - it's that important. Why? Because it's from Oklahoma Territory - from the days before Oklahoma became a part of the Union. That makes it about as rare as they come. As of writing, the bidding had already reached $150 and I'm sure it has a ways to go yet.
So what have we seen sell in the past few? I see that xxxtruk has added another Jungkurth to his collection for $19.99.
Then there was the rare white-etched McHenry distillery glass (Benton, PA). McHenry's are always reliable sellers and this one was no exception.
This really hasn't been Kevin's month, poor lad.
Take a look at this auction, for example: an unlisted "Old Kentucky Club House Whiskey" from John Callahan Co., Boston.
Alright, already, enough frivolity, what about a SOTW??
This one turned out to be a no-brainer, not because of the subject necessarily, but because of the side show. The auction itself was for a pair of "Buckingham Pure Rye Whiskey" glasses. The database contains a listing for a similar glass, but closer examination shows that it comes from Sonn Bros of NY. The pair featured in SOTW are from Denver, CO, and that's what makes them special. Very few glasses from CO are known to exist: HSG and OASG list six in all, with maybe as many again unlisted. They sell for anywhere between $50 and $200 when they appear in open auction. This particular glass hasn't been seen since 2001 and a good estimate of value would be $150+.
I saw this pair when they first listed during my post-vacation hunt through the latest offerings. I figured they were worth putting $150 each on and logged them into the snipers early so that I wouldn't forget to bid later. But ultimately, $300 plus change wasn't nearly enough, because CO-collector lpbco smacked me on the head and walked off with both for $318.13!
Ouch - that still smarts, but congrats to the winner!
But wait - we're not done yet. A couple of days prior to the auction's end , one of our collecting brethren e-mailed me about the auction and caused me to go back and take a look at the listing. Nothing out of the ordinary there, but then I scrolled down the page and noticed the the seller had been posting and answering questions from potential bidders. Take a look to see who got caught with their pants down....!
Note that you can browse many previous choices for SOTW in the Archives.
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