Until 2011, the existence of a green Tippecanoe was, for me, a myth. I said as much when I posted about them back then. I had seen plenty of amber Tippecanoes in various shades, including a few that arguably tended toward green if you held them to the light in just the right way. But, a truly green Tippecanoe was the unicorn. Well, the unicorn showed up in the summer of 2011 when the American Glass Gallery featured a green Tippe in its auction;
Now, Tippecanoes in good condition typically sell in the $150 range or more if they still have a label. The green Tippe is a whole ‘nother animal. In 2011, it fetched $8500. But, as well all know, price is based on rarity. At the time, the question became was this green Tippe a one-of-a-kind?
In the seven years since then, that questions seems to have been answered in the negative. While the green Tippe is not a one-of-a-kind, it remains damn rare. Michael Seeliger recently shared with me that Michael and Kathy Craig have two in their collection in slightly different shades of green:
I also heard from Jeff Burkhardt, who was kind enough to send me a copy of a picture of a green Tippe in his collection:
Jeff’s picture is nice, because it shows the range of Tippecanoe colors from the olive green at the far left to the dark amber on the far right. I would say that the straw colored Tippe that is third from the left is also a tough bottle to find. While the Rochester Warner’s Safe bottles are not typically known for their range of color, the Tippecanoes offer a nice exception to that rule. If you get your hands on a green Tippe; hold on, you might not see another for a very long time.