Antique Bottle and Glass News

Peaches on CrateThis site is presented and hosted by Ferdinand and Elizabeth Meyer. We hope to share our passion for collecting and dealing in Early American Antique Bottles and Glass. Please contact us for any information and or bottle and glass news for post consideration. I am also looking for guest authors as I shift to the Virtual Museum project. Thanks!


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POW!! Gun Bottles

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere have been some pretty cool figural antique glass pistol and gun revolvers on the internet lately. I remember my father having a few of these bottles in a glass bowfront along with vintage glass clam shell bottles, little flasks and other drinking collectibles and treasures he had picked up over the years. I though I would nest a few of these gun images. A word of wisdom. If you see any antique glass gun examples at…


Aya Pana Bitters – Manufactured by J. Chauvet – New Orleans

AyaPanaBitters1_FriouxHere is an extremely rare bitters that came to my attention after talking with Courtney Frioux of New Orleans at the Houston Bottle Show a week ago Saturday. The Aya Pana Bitters, manufactured by J. Chauvet in New Orleans, dates to 1859 based on the newspaper advertisement below from The Courier in New Orleans on 04 September 1860.


2015 Chattanooga National Antique Bottle Show Contracts Available

Contract CoverR1Get the Board Walk and Park Place table positions, or at least that side of the Monopoly Board at the FOHBC 2015 National Antique Bottle Show in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Elizabeth bought our table at the Manchester National last year and guess what? We are Table A2 at the Lexington National. Come see us and bring bitters! Contracts available online and in Lexington this weekend.


Pretty Cool Cover on the August Issue of AB&GC

AB&GC_Aug2014coverYou’ve got to hand it to John Pastor, his designer and production person who put together Antique Bottle and Glass Collector each month. Great covers, stories and photography. Well done. Subscribe

Lash’s Bitters | PART THREE – Humorous and Clever Advertising

Lashs_Johnny_GourdAfter Part ONE and Part TWO of this series dealing with the various Lash’s bitters bottles and Lash’s history, I thought we could focus today on some of the humorous, clever, and yet sometimes very odd advertising for Lash’s Bitters products. The “Johnny and the Apple” puzzle is simply frightening for a number of reasons. All examples are from the Joe Gourd collection.


Another S (star) C Brown’s Herb Bitters found in Maine

SONY DSCNow, here is one of my favorite bitters bottles that I have cherished since the day I obtained my example. I have written about the triangular S (star) C Brown’s Herb Bitters before as it is such an extremely rare and beautiful bottle. I have no clue as to who or what S C Brown is, and I searched more today. Just a great bottle with that embossed star. Last week I heard…


Lash’s Bitters – PART TWO | History

LashsBuildingsI suppose this title above could say “Lash’s Bitters – Cincinnati, Sacramento, San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Anaheim” because this brand really had legs and endurance as you will see. We say San Francisco, Chicago and New York as those were the three cities that Lash’s ran major operations out of. The illustration at the top of the post pictures the large and prominent buildings that anchored the Lash’s brand from coast to coast.


Lash’s Bitters | San Francisco – Chicago – New York

LashsDog_GourdI thought it would be nice to finally tackle the great, Lash’s Bitters brand that was incorporated in 1894 in San Francisco and expanded to Chicago in 1901 and New York in 1904. Lash’s started a bit earlier in 1884 and actually lasted until 1966 if you can believe that! FOHBC member Don Yates wrote a nice article for Bottles and Extras in 1993 called Lash’s – Not Just Bitters.


J. Grosman & Sons not J. Grossman & Sons

GrosmanLtr_ColeFerdinand, enjoyed seeing you again at the Houston show, especially enjoyed the fish bitters in your display. I have attached two pictures pertaining to J. Grosman who was located in Marshall, Texas. Can this be the same J. Grossman & Son that you talked about in your last post? Hope you can come by here some day to see my collection. Thanks, David Cole


James’s W. Price’s Aromatic Stomach Bitters – New Orleans

P136_5_PricesAromatic_MeyerFrom the best that I can tell, James W. Price was in to patent medicines in New Orleans from 1874 to 1877. He probably made the bitters in 1875 and 1876. I am not sure how he got there or where he went except possibly Belize for some reason, but I am still looking. Why there are two variants and how one example ended up in Dallas is a mystery. I wonder who has this bottle? Notice how one of the advertisements below…


An unlisted Old Hickory Celebrated Stomach Bitters – New Orleans

J_Grossmans_and_SonsCoIt was real nice running into and jawing with Courtney Frioux from New Orleans this past weekend at the Houston Antique Bottle Show. These days, this is one of the main reasons I like going to shows as I tend to find fewer and fewer new bitters to fit in my collection while wandering the aisles. What I do find is dialog and stories that might lead to pictures of rare birds and who knows what else?


Workin’ the 2014 Houston Antique Bottle Show

Houston14_HipThis years Houston Antique Bottles, Advertising & Collectibles Show and Sale served as a warm-up for me as the FOHBC Lexington National is in less than two weeks. This past Saturday, I had my two tables in the corner of the Crown Plaza Hotel ballroom and was hooked up to power my lap top and light table.


June Findlay Bottle Club Newsletter

TurnbullsIceCreamFrom Marianne Dow: Please note that this newsletter is pretty long, chock full of lots of great photographs. Feel free to share this email with your friends. READ

Lash’s Pineapple-Ade Delicious & Refreshing

LashsPineappleDisp3I suppose it would be nice to report that I picked up a super nice bitters at the Houston Antique Bottle Show yesterday but I did not. I ended up playing with my bottles and taking pictures to pass the time between talking bottles, selling FOHBC memberships and working on my lap top.


Corn n’ Fish at the 2014 Houston Antique Bottle Show

FishTallHouston14Some of you may remember that the past few years I have set up at the smallish Houston Antique Bottle Show and used the opportunity to bring some bottles and show off. I admit it. Not many figural collectors here so I use the opportunity to create a few bottle settings on a light box and play with my iPhone. This year was I was roaring with Rohrer’s, fishing for FOHBC memberships and knee-deep in corn.


Lexington National Show Souvenir Program

LexProgramRTWebCoverPRGThe FOHBC 2014 Lexington, Kentucky National Antique Bottle Show Souvenir Program is at the printer. Here is a digital version of the program. Click to Read. It is not too late to get a table, get banquet tickets or make plans to attend. Tons of fun and unique opportunities that you will not see at any other bottle show.

Electric Bitters and Electrified Ginger Ale: Were they really “zapped” or was it just more quackery?

MohawkGingerAleAdReading the most recent Electric Bitters post on PRG got me thinking about this “zapping” thing. With the hundreds of 19th-century patent medicine concoctions that were ineffective and perhaps injurious, why might H.E. Bucklen’s Electric Bitters be any different? And what’s this about an “Electrified Ginger Ale”? Let’s look at Bucklen’s label first…


ABCR Auctions #17 Opens Today!

ABR17ARTAuction 17 Online. 983 lots covering all bottle collecting fields plus some interesting other collectables, ceramics and ephemera. The most important detail! Online bidding begins: Wednesday 16th July 2014, 8 pm (Melbourne Time). View Catalogue

Genuine Black Walnut Bitters

BlackWalnutGIII_1A business existence of more than thirty-four years is in itself a proof of the reliability and excellent standing of a firm and Mr. August Graf can look back over such a long period, spent in active business life at the head of its own establishment, founded by him in 1867 and ever since conducted under his personal management and at the same place.


Bottle Great Elvin C. Moody Passes On

ElvinMoodyJust found out that long time collector Elvin Moody passed away. See obituary. Read: Elvin Moody Bottle Collection pictures surface!

A Quite Different Un-embossed Drakes

ChrisDrakes4So, I was reading one of the articles on an un-embossed Drake’s that I also would like to comment on. I have one of these rare beauties, BUT with mine, there are a few differences (which you’ll see in the pictures) that I feel places mine in a class by itself. This one has one full panel for the label. The others have logs. All four corners are chamfered. AND, now for the icing on the cake. A nice big red iron pontil. How many of those do you think might be out there?


That’s a Bunch of Bull!

woodcutThe Durham is an old breed, dating back to late 18th century England. They were initially prized for both dairy and beef production. Later, they were bred specifically for meat production. The Durham ultimately became what we now know as shorthorn cattle. But we’re not talking about steaks here, although a good bourbon and a good steak do go hand in hand around my place. Read at Western Whiskey Gazette.

Glass Works Auctions “Thoroughbred” Auction now online!

LexingtonAuctionAdBENOW ONLINE! The FOHBC 2014 National Antique Bottle Show ‘Thoroughbred’ Auction #103. A live auction of over 100 items! Opens for bidding Monday, July 14th. On-line bidding closes July 29th at 10:00 pm. Live bidding begins Saturday evening, August 2nd at 7:00pm at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in the Hyatt Patterson Room, Lexington, Kentucky

Jackson’s Aromatic Life Bitters

JacksonSquareBubblesEarlier today, I put up a post on the (Thuringer) Aromatic Stomach Bitters. It got me thinking of the great, Jackson’s Aromatic Life Bitters. Somewhat similar, I though I would sequence them up and look at some Jackson examples today. My dark yellow olive example (pictured above) has a smooth base, applied sloping collar mouth and is crude glass that is full of seed bubbles. It is somewhat lighter than other examples…


The pontiled Thuringer Aromatic Stomach Bitters

A93_FLTFRT_AromarticStomachBitters“Sometime in the late 1970s, Jim Hagenbuch visited the home of John Watson, a lawyer living in Oxford, Pennsylvania. He remembered the bottle in the collection and noted that he had never seen another example. Today it is still the only known example.”


Jenkins’ Stomach Bitters crosses my airwaves

schlitz hamI like this retro Schlitz Beer advertisement of an amateur radio operator. My father used to be a Ham radio operator. I remember his odd equipment with all these illuminated dials and a funny microphone in the basement and how excited he was after making contact with someone in some far off place. This usually happened in the deep hours of the night.


Looking at Severa’s Stomach Bitters from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

SeverasBitters_MeyerHe was born at Doubravice, near Chrudim, Bohemia, September 3, 1853. He acquired a common-school education in his native village and in 1868, when a youth of fifteen years, came to the United States, making his way to Racine, Wisconsin. He was influenced in his choice of a location by the fact that he had relatives living in that city. During the winter months he attended the public schools, while in the summer…


Dr. John Bull and Louisville at that time

LV1876Coffee houses were all over the city and advertised in the local newspapers. The following advertisement appeared in the 1828 Louisville Public Advertiser: “Western Coffee House - With all kinds of liquors - Hot punch Lemonade - Hot Toddies - Fresh beer from Cincinnati - also on hand - pigs feet - pickled Tripe and soused Sturgeon.” Most said nothing about coffee.


New Website


Been corresponding with Will Wilson on a new web site project. Check it out!

Looking Closely at an Electric Bitters Label

ElectricLogoLooking back, I can see that I have posted about the lowly Electric Bitters at least three times before. Did I say lowly and three times? How can that be? The Electric Bitters has to be one of the most common bitters bottles and is so common, you might find ten or twenty amber examples, should you magically sweep down and hit all of the bottle shows any given weekend or look at ebay. So what makes them so exciting?


A Dump Cake

DumpCake1I missed this post over on Facebook on Fathers Day and just saw it today. What a great idea and effort! Posted by Ricky Weiner and captioned “A member from my web site posted this. His 12 year old daughter made this for him for Fathers day. The DUMP CAKE. Now that’s funny, depending on who you are that is”.


June 2014 – Antique Bottle & Glass Photo Gallery

MikesHarrisonsHere we go with the June 2014 group of pictures (my favorites) culled from a few of the web and Facebook sites. Top honor is from Mike Newman Mike captions it, “Harrison Ink – Just added the smallest size to my grouping that now stands at four sizes. Wondering what sizes I am missing.” What a powerful picture!


Look What I Found!

CastleRyeNewmansDemijohn1_PamSo we stopped at an antique shop on the way to the Reno Antique Bottle show and Randy and I saw this demijohn case. Although it had Pacific Coast Glass Works on it, we passed. So after the show, we were talking to a friend that also was at the show, and he had bought a case similar to the one we saw in the antique store. He asked what was on the side of the case….


Napoleon Sarony Photographic Hotel Art Album

SaronyAlbumCI am researching (and I use the term loosely – it’s my first attempt) a Photographic Art Album of Mr. Napoleon Sarony and I found an article where you had mentioned Mr. Sarony’s photographic art. I was wondering if you could give me any information as to where I might get the album appraised or find out if it’s worth it to research further. The album has been in a friend of mine’s possession for at least 80 years and she wanted me to check it for her. Any advice would be appreciated.


An XR, Dr. Paetz’s Stomach Bitters makes an appearance

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was a little stunned when I received an auction announcement from Greg Spurgeon and North American Glass earlier in the month. The surprise was not another fine auction of fruit jars which I have come to expect, because Greg is the “fruit jar auction man”. The surprise, and the part about being stunned, was seeing an example of a Dr. W. Paetz’s Stomach Bitters included in his auction lots.


Jeff Wichmann makes Major Contribution to Lexington National Raffle Pot


Great news! A $5 thousand dollar donation has been given to the FOHBC Lexington National Show to conduct a series of raffles during the show (both early admission and general admission*). The FOHBC thanks this well known west coast auctioneer and bottle giant for this generous gift. Another GREAT reason to attend the show! SHOW INFO

Harrison’s Columbian Ink Cylinders in the News


Two southern gentlemen, Mike Newman (Augusta) and Charles Aprill (New Orleans) have been posting some outstanding photographs of cylinder form, Harrison’s Columbian Ink bottles from Apollos W. Harrison in Philadelphia. That is Mike’s picture at the top of the post. Stunning! Charles followed up with the following outstanding five (5) pictures. Read more on Apollos W. Harrison… ReadMore

Looking at some George Ohr Inkwell Examples

OhrInkwell_GWA102George Ohr has been on my radar since attending the Kansas City Art Institute art history classes and hanging out with many ceramic artists in my college days. Pictured at the top of this post, George Edgar Ohr (July 12, 1857 – April 7, 1918) was an American ceramic artist and the self-proclaimed “Mad Potter of Biloxi.”


The Union Spring Bottle

UnionSpring_GWA102In a 1973 publication by the Federation of Historical Bottle Clubs, the late Bernhard Puckhaber listed the ‘Ten Most Wanted Saratogas’. The Union Spring was number nine on that list. This example was in the collection of the late Stu Elman, which we auctioned in 1999. Since then, no other Union Spring bottle has come to auction. ReadMore

My Visit to the Sandwich Glass Museum | Part 2

Sandwich 67 aMy photos illustrate the bulk of the display collection and I tried to represent everything, although I am bias towards color and I probably should have taken more pictures of the extraordinary clear cut glass. I also had trouble photographing the lacy salts so I did not include them. Please feel free to post all or a selection of these photos on both Peachridge and Facebook…


My Visit to the Sandwich Glass Museum | Part 1

Sandwich 6 aI am going to send you 70 pictures that I took during my visit to the Sandwich Glass Museum when I was on Cape Cod last week. My visit was the culmination of an epic sixty day bottle viewing extravaganza that included me visiting the collections of Jeff Burkhardt, Bill Taylor, Jim Hall and Peachridge! ReadMore

Dr. Crittenden’s Dyspepsia and Cocktail Bitters – Philadelphia

Crittenden,_E.N._FErastus Henry Crittenden was born in New York around 1838 and grew up in Titusville, Pennsylvania. Little is known about his family. Titusville was the epicenter of the Pennsylvania oil rush and boom in petroleum production which occurred in northwestern Pennsylvania from 1859 to the early 1870s. It was the first oil boom in the United States. ReadMore

Dr. Rufus F. Hibbard’s Celebrated Wild Cherry Bitters

Hibbarts_GWAI had long forgotten about my example of the extremely rare, Dr. R. F. Hibbard’s Wild Cherry Bitters until I came across and 1850 New York advertisement the other day. Time to give this bottle a little personality. I have to say, this little fellow really does have a story and again adds just a little more excitement to collecting antique bottles. ReadMore

Tracking Hodges’ Bitters back to London?

Germansemigrate1874Many great men, with bitters formulas, came with the The Forty-Eighters who were Europeans who participated in or supported the revolutions of 1848 that swept Europe. In Germany, the Forty-Eighters favored unification of the German people, a more democratic government, and guarantees of human rights. Disappointed at the failure of the revolution to bring about the reform… ReadMore.

Lukach’s Hungarian Bitters - Truth is Stronger than Fiction

HungarianBitters_BBRAnother idea ties directly back too the 1848 embossing on the bottle. Apparently, the first large wave of Hungarian emigration to the United States occurred in 1849-1850 when the so-called “Forty-Eighters” fled from retribution by Austrian authorities after the defeat of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. Lajos Kossuth gave a seven-month speaking tour of the U.S. in 1851-52 to great acclaim as a champion of liberty… ReadMore

The missing link Universal Bitters by Nicholas Kieffer

HonoreWarehouseI have been monitoring some e-mails this past week or so between Frank Wicker and a person who had contacted him regarding a possible unlisted bitters. This person was seeking information on the bottle. Frank forwarded the pictures to me an I immediately recognized the bottle as a missing link related to Nicholas Kieffer in New Orleans. The initial email… ReadMore

Dr. Sawens Life Invigorating Bitters

XXXDr. Willis Sawens was born on August 17, 1824 in northern New York and for a number of years kept a drug store and practiced his profession in Watertown, New York. In 1864 he moved to Utica with his brother, Gilbert S. Sawens, of Antwerp, and Edward Anderson, and purchased tbe drug business of Dr. J. B. Marshall, of Utica, which he conducted until ten years ago. He was a well-known and respected resident of Utica. He died at 70 years old on 16 August 1894 at the residence of his nephew in Detroit. ReadMore

Dr. Mampe’s Herb Stomach Bitters from Oshkosh

ThielenLogoMy example of the Dr. Mampe’s Herb Stomach Bitters has been sitting alone for almost a decade on a shelf in my aqua room since it joined my collection, as I won it in the FOHBC live auction at the 2004 Memphis Expo. Let’s put a little light on this portly guy. The Carlyn Ring and W. C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles is as follows… ReadMore

The two Julien’s Imperial Aromatic Bitters Variants

JuliensBurkhardt2I realize it is a stretch to tie Eugene L. Wear, Edward M. Upham, Edward Ostrom and Alexis A. Julien together. It is possible that these fellows could have gone to school together, met in chemistry class while making essences and said, “lets make a buck” so they created Julien’s Imperial Aromatic Bitters while using bat guano as the main essence. ReadMore

The extremely rare Shurtleff’s Bitters from Bennington, Vermont

Shurtleffs_GWAWhile in New York he heard of a drug store for sale in Bennington. He bought the store about the time of the Civil War. He made all of his own medicines including cough medicines, headache powders, etc. After his death in 1904, the new owner of the store destroyed all of the medicines and prescriptions, which were worth a great deal of money. ReadMore

The best Lady’s Leg in the Galaxy – Universe Bitters

UniverseBittersEmbossingIt was nice seeing the lady’s leg figural, Universe Bitters, from Louisville, Kentucky, at the top of the Top 25 Kentucky’s Rarest Bitter Bottles list. The bottle also placed first on the Top 25 Rarest Kentucky Bottles list. These lists were recently posted in preparation of the FOHBC 2014 National Antique Bottle Show in Lexington, Kentucky. The dark green example, pictured at the top… ReadMore

The Bust of Lafayette – Coventry Glass Works Mold

GI_85a_John Pastors, American Glass Gallery Auction #12 ends this evening and I sit here watching a few items of special interest. One is the extremely rare, aqua, GI-85a Bust of Lafayette historical flask. John’s pictures and auction lot description are reposted within. What caught my attention was his comment, “one half of the original 2-piece mold for this flask is on display at the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY. The mold section was found in the river in Mansfield, CT.” ReadMore

4 Responses to Antique Bottle and Glass News

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