Of the 11 pottery pigs in the collection, lot 1, made by Anna Pottery for Horace Greeley’s 1872 Presidential Campaign brought the most.
Some bottles made originally in clear glass may turn a faint amethyst shade from sun exposure.
Darker shades of purple indicate the glass color has been altered in recent years via irradiation.
Often there would be no embossed markings on the bottle other than the logo seen on the very bottom.
Many of these bottles are found in old trash dump sites, privy pits (underground, where an old outhouse once stood), and anywhere old farmsteads were located.
‘A wonderful pig flask, and very political, thought to be one of only two known examples’, Hagenbuch said. Hagenbuch attributed the exceptional hammer price because “very few pigs were made by Anna Pottery for Southern companies.” A Railroad and River Guide pig made by the Texarkana Pottery sold for $10,925.
‘Texarkana only made a fraction of the pigs that Anna did”, Hagenbuch said, “most of the time they are usually auctioned as being made by Anna.” Of the glass pigs in the Heisey collection, a Berkshire Bitters pig in amber glass, sold for ,325.medicines, foods, sauces, extracts, flavorings, chemicals, bleach, vinegar, cosmetics, etc…………..the end user company would have pasted their own private brand label on the side with a description of the contents.Diamond-I mark " data-medium-file="https:// data-large-file="https:// class="wp-image-1232 size-medium" title=""Diamond I" mark used by Illinois Glass Company, on bottom of bottle" src="https:// alt="Diamond-I mark" width="300" height="158" srcset="https:// https:// sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" / The “I in a diamond” mark is seen on HUGE numbers of containers.The great majority of these bottles were made in clear glass, with a smaller percentage found in amber glass, light aqua, or occasionally cobalt blue.“In the early years of bottle collecting most all the pottery pigs were in bottle collections,” said Hagenbuch.