Whiskey collectibles highlight Andrew Richmond’s auction April 6

Anna Pottery pig flask, Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, Ill., third quarter-19th century, brown-glazed stoneware, 8in. long, inscription ‘Pure Old Bourbon in a hog’s—.’ Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. The Ohio Company Antiques & Art image

MARIETTA, Ohio – Bottoms Up! A unique collection of whiskey-related stoneware, glassware and advertising will be offered in an online auction by Andrew Richmond on April 6. Featured in the Ohio auctioneer’s first solo event are stoneware advertising and miniature jugs, pre-Prohibition shot glasses and bar bottles, and advertising signs and tip trays. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Other items for sale range from an Anna Pottery pig flask (above) to railroad silverplate and dinnerware, as well as snuff boxes and nautical-themed china (below).

Pennsylvania Railroad silver-plated individual chocolate (Reed & Barton) and teapot (International Silver) and one of a set of three Staffordshire platters in an American Marine pattern. The Ohio Company Antiques & Art image

“It’s an impressive selection of material, primarily from a single collector in the Midwest,” said Richmond. “Whiskey and other liquor-related advertising continue to be highly sought by buyers. And that’s just one component of the sale.”

Sampling of the whiskey-related advertising stoneware and glass flasks in the 585-lot online auction. The Ohio Company Antiques & Art image

The sale will feature approximately 500 lots, including:

  • More than three dozen 1-gallon stoneware jugs advertising whiskey or liquor distillers and distributors.
  • More than 70 miniature stoneware jugs with stamped or scratched advertisement promoting liquor makers and sellers.
  • More than 100 pre-Prohibition advertising shot glasses.
  • A collection of pre-Prohibition advertising bar bottles.
  • More than four dozen glass historical flasks.
  • A collection of figural flasks, including an Anna Pottery pig.
  • A collection of tip trays with whiskey advertising.
  • Several whiskey advertising signs.
  • A large collection of snuff boxes in a variety of materials, including scrimshaw and horn.
  • A collection of silverplate and china from the Pennsylvania Railroad.
  • A collection of B&O Railroad pattern china (antique and vintage).
  • A collection of American Marine pattern china.

There are no reserves and all items will sell to the highest bidders.

Two of a large collection of enamel label whiskey bottles. The Ohio Company Antiques & Art image

Richmond has more than 10 years of experience in the auction industry, having served as a specialist and auctioneer at two Ohio firms: Garth’s Auctions at Columbus and Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati.

“Although I am not getting back into the auction business full-time, I am looking for opportunities, such as this, for interesting and desirable collections that could make a fun auction,” he said.

The large collection of Pre-Prohibition advertising shot glasses will be sold in lots of twos and threes.

The theme of the sale fits perfectly with Richmond’s interest in Americana. He handles a variety of quality American antiques through his antique business, The Ohio Company Antiques & Art, under whose name this auction will be run. He is also the president of Wipiak Consulting & Appraisals, which specializes in appraisals and advising for museums and private collectors across the United States.

The auction will begin at noon on Saturday, April 6. For more information, phone Richmond at 740-972-5094 or email him at andrew@ohiocompanyantiques.com.