American Bottle Auctions specializes in appraisal, brokering, consigning and auctioning of antique bottles and glass.
American Bottle Auctions was founded in 1990 by Jeff Wichmann. It began as a part time project and grew over the years. A native Californian, Jeff himself has been collecting antique bottles for nearly 40 years. What first was called Pacific Glass Auctions in 1990, changed to American Bottle Auctions in 2001.
American Bottle Auctions specializes in appraisal, brokering, consigning and auctioning of antique bottles and glass. Over the past 19 years, Jeff has personally researched the history, evaluated the condition, and estimated the value of tens of thousands of items. Aside from his auction-related duties, he is often called upon to appraise the value of antique bottles and glass for private individuals and businesses. Jeff 's interests include baseball, golf and bonsai, marbles, sports cars, along with a host of other pursuits, but his long-time interest in antique bottles is what concerns us here.
In 1999 Mr. Wichmann published a 132-page, hard cover book entitled The Best of the West - Antique Western Bitters Bottles which has been handled by major literary distributors and book stores, as well as public and private libraries. This book is now considered to be one of the top resources for researching the history, and value of, antique western bitters bottles. His numerous articles and his photographs are regularly seen in antique bottle books and in articles throughout the world.