This is the list of the top twenty searches on our website last month. We looked for a pattern—No. 2 is Coca-Cola and No. 14 is Pepsi-Cola. Both have been in the news recently so perhaps collectors were reminded that soda bottles could be valuable. A gold and diamond Pepsi bottle-shaped pin that belonged to Joan Crawford just sold for $5,000 at a Doyle New York auction. (Read more in Kovels' Komments, December 7, 2011.) Coca-Cola has a Holiday 2011 bottle that they advertise as a reproduction of their 1899 Hutchinson bottle. It's straight-sided like the original Coca-Cola Hutchinson bottles, and the embossed logo and wording that was first used in 1898 is the same, but it has a crown cap that wasn't used until 1900. It also has the new nutrition label.
Charles Hutchinson invented and patented a bottle stopper in 1879 that used a wire loop attached to a rubber seal. Bottles that used this stopper were called Hutchinson bottles. Some Coca-Cola bottles from 1894 were Hutchinsons, but they weren't used for long. They often leaked and part of the stopper ended up at the bottom of the bottle—not very appetizing. Original Hutchinson bottles embossed with the Coca-Cola script logo date from 1898-1899. They are very rare and usually sell for more than $2,000. Pictured here is an original Coca-Cola Hutchinson bottle that sold at a recent Richard Opfer auction in Maryland for $8,850, and a 2011 Coca-Cola reproduction Hutchinson bottle.
Oh—and it's said that "soda pop" got its nickname from the popping sound that was made when the rubber stopper on the Hutchinson bottle was released and pushed down into the bottle.
Most of the Top 20 categories are named European pottery and porcelain including Royal Copley, Copeland Spode, Capo-di-Monte, Royal Bayreuth, Wedgwood and Rosenthal, plus U.S.-made Red Wing and Shawnee. Occupied Japan, Bavaria, Erphila, Avon and Campbell Kids and Cookie Jars are also pottery or porcelain making 15 of the top 20 searches. Pottery is always among the top collectibles and searches perhaps because these pieces are marked with a recognizable name. Other categories—amber glass, lighters and Bossons (a composition product that looks like pottery)—have appeared in our list many times.
There are about 750 categories listed in the price guide. It is surprising that there are few searches for furniture, either by brand or appearance, or toys. Both are sold in huge numbers.
The complete top twenty for November:
- Occupied Japan
- Amber glass
- Royal Copley
- Copeland Spode
- Red Wing
- Royal Bayreuth
- Milk glass
- Shawnee Pottery
- Campbell Kids
- Cookie jars