Conestoga expects spirited bidding for Aug. 21 Breweriana sale
MANHEIM, Pa. – Conestoga Auction Co. will sell Rodney “Scott” Sweger’s brewery and whiskey bottle and advertising collection, which took the Holtwood, Pa. resident 35 years to gather. The unreserved auction will be Saturday, Aug. 21, beginning at 9 a.m. Eastern. LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live bidding.
Consisting more than 800 lots, the collection includes most known Lancaster County brewery bottles. Also included are many large whiskey bottles, script decorated stoneware, wicker-covered and paper-labeled bottles, various flasks and etched shot glasses, bitters bottles, apothecary bottles, back bar bottles, seltzer bottles and milk bottles. Advertising items include trays, calendars, signs, keg tap handles, pocket mirrors, corkscrews, bottle openers and early paper labels.
Among the rare items is a J.A. Sprenger zinc sign, which depicts a gladiator waving an American flag. The sign, 34 inches by 23 1/2 inches, is signed by the Kentucky manufacturer and has a patent date of September 1887. It is estimated at $1,000-$3,500.
Among the early beer bottles is from A. Reinochl, Lebanon, Pa. The cobalt blue applied top squat bottle, 7 1/2 inches high, has a $2,500-$5,000 estimate.
Advertising calendars include one from Sprenger Brewing Co., Lancaster, Pa., 1908 that pictures a beautiful young woman in beach attire, and a 1940 calendar that pictures a toddler with wearing large boxing gloves. Both are estimated at $1,000-$2,500.
For details visit the Web site www.ConestogaAuction.com or call 717-898-7284.
View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
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