Antique Bottle and Glass News
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The Auction is Open – North American Glass
Dear Collector: Our February auction is now open for on-line bidding. The first sale of 2016 includes something for everyone, with jars, bottles, flasks, stoneware, historical paper items, and much more. If you are registered but have forgotten your password or username, please feel free to contact us. The current auction is scheduled to close beginning at 6 PM EST on Thursday 2/18. Click the link below to browse the pictures & listings, and to place your bids: www.gregspurgeon.com/auction, Greg Spurgeon, NORTH AMERICAN GLASS
Bottled in Illinois Update
Mr. Meyer – We have uploaded the first chapter of our book, “Bottled in Illinois” to my page at Academia.edu. It can be downloaded for free at: BOTTLED IN ILLINOIS 1840-1880. Please pass this information on to the FOHBC members – the Chapter is 82 pages and should be of wide interest – I’m pleased to say that the book has sold well – only about 50 copies left – I am constantly amazed at your beautiful photography and your energy – I love your web site – it is a real contribution to the study of historic American bottles – Thank you – John Walthall
An exquisite Lediard’s Morning Call square
Charles Lediard has again been on my mind recently for a number of reasons. First of all, I came across some new material and information and updated the Charles Lediard and his Liquor Products post from November 2012. This included more information on Charles Lediard, expanded newspaper advertising and an advertising trade card. Next I decided to clean-up the related OK Plantation Bitters – the “Big Boys post from November 2012. Then, I laid out an article that is planned for the May June 2016 issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS. Here is the opening spread design.
Dexter Loveridge’s Wahoo Bitters – The Travellers Friend Flask
Just received some great pictures the other day while boarding a flight from Tampa to Houston. Knocked my socks off, I think, as I had boots on. Look at these spectacular images that I prepped in Photoshop. From a prominent anonymous collector who has the best of best eyes for obtaining great bottles. I have never seen this embossed Loveridge flask before from Buffalo, New York. Dig the pewter cap, tax stamp, label and form. Off-the-chart killer.
Warner’s Safe Cure: The Assassination of James A. Garfield
Ferd, latest post to the blog. Figured I would do a bit on Garfield to coincide with the upcoming documentary on his assassination (Steve Jackson): Visit: Warner’s Safe Cure: The Assassination of James A. Garfield
Dr. Doty’s Celebrated Mandrake Bitters
Recently, two pictures of a very nice, labeled Dr. Doty’s Celebrated Mandrake Bitters was posted by Eric Gamache on the Antique Bitters Bottles Facebook page. This would be D 87 L in Bitters Bottles from C. C. Doty & Company in Bradford, Vermont. When I isolate the label graphics and clean it up a bit, you can see an illustrated tree, bales of wheat, a standing bull and Vermont mountains surround by decorative framework. The typography, intertwined with the illustration, reads, “Dr. Doty’s Celebrated Mandrake Bitters” and “Freedom and Unity” which anchors the brand. Just love that title and these graphics. Beneath it reads, “The Great Family Medicine”, “Price $1.00 Dollar Per Bottle.”
Routt’s Emulsion Cod-Liver Oil With The Extracts Of Malt, Wild Cherry, And The Hypophosphites – L.P. Routt, Richmond, Va.
A week or so ago, I found a message on my office phone from Doug Miller from down southern Georgia way. He said he had found a possibly unique, Routt’s Emulsion Cod-Liver Oil bottle from Richmond, Virginia measuring 8″ tall, by 3 1/8″ wide at the base, with 2 1/16″ sides and beveled corners. He said the neck was 1 1/2″ tall and that the bottle was a beautiful teal green color. Apparently he had found the bottle at the bottom of an abandoned well. He was excited for many reasons including finding a Richmond bottle in Georgia. Actually there are many bottle connections between Richmond and Virginia. He wondered what I thought and if I knew anything about the bottle.
Back to our Roots – What Does That Mean?
The upcoming FOHBC 2016 National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo to be held in Sacramento, California on August 4 – 7, 2016, is considered to be a “back to our roots” celebration of the beginnings or organized bottle collecting which later developed into the FOHBC. In order to help understand how this interest in bottle collecting came about, I have attached a 13 minute video that I found on the Internet. The underlying significance of this video is important, not only from the standpoint of bottle collecting in Sacramento but its greater implications to the hobby across the entire United States.
Mayer’s Genuine Stomach Bitters
Hi Ferdinand, I was able to add this unlisted, label only bitters to the collection. It is not listed in the Ring & Ham Bitters Bottles or Bitters Bottles Supplement books. The label is a picture of a distillery. There is also a wicker covered demijohn in the picture. The label reads “Mayer’s Genuine Stomach Bitters.” This bottle is from the Joseph Mayer Distillery, 2619 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1890 to 1907 according to Prepro.com. Frank Wicker
Norman C. Heckler & Company Auction #132 Online
We are pleased to present Auction 132; A Select Absentee Auction Including Early Glass, Bottles, Flasks, Whiskeys, Bitters, Inkwells, Black Glass, Pressed Glass, Medicines, Bennington Pottery and More. You can view the auction and bid online now. Auction closes: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 10:00 pm EST (7:00 pm PST), Timed Closing View the catalog HERE
An Opinion on Bottle Cleaning
The following represents my opinion and does not reflect the opinions of others. It reflects what I see in the collecting field that I have been a part of for 42 years. In a continuing and relentless attempt to make anyone who decides to have a bottle that is stained and or in need of restoration portrayed as a history-destroying criminal and an untrained butcher of sorts, I feel it necessary to discuss this in detail. I have had many discussions on the practice of restoring bottles. The reason I use the the term restoring and not altering is the bottle, when made, was not ground stained, it was clean and in most all cases shiny. If you return it to that state, it is a restoration and not an alteration from original state as made.
Celebrated Crown Bitters – F. Chevalier Sole Agent
Ferd, here are a few photographs of the “CELEBRATED CROWN BITTERS.” In the January-February issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS there was a great article on Ken Schwartz Whiskey collection. Below the stained glass sign for “Old Castle Whiskey” was the name of the company, F. Chevalier & CO. I have a rare bitters I purchased from a Port Angeles Washington dealer a couple of years ago. It is the “CELEBRATED CROWN BITTERS, F. CHEVALIER & CO. SOLE AGENTS. Bill Ham has it in his Bitters Bottles Supplement as C93 and listed as rare?
ABCR Auction 23 Online
Auction 23 – Catalogue is now ready to view. 992 Lots covering all bottle collecting fields plus various other collectables. Hi, Ferdinand, The Auction 23 catalogue is now ready to view and bidding begins next Wednesday (20th January). This auction has a particularly strong offering of Aerated Water and Household Bottles. Plus of course the usual wide array of both bottles and interesting collectables. The most important detail!
Online bidding begins: Wednesday 20th January 2016, 8 pm (Melbourne Time). VIEW LOTS
A Fresh Start
The look was mirrored on both of their faces; a combination of frustration and despair. Their good fortune had run out. Nearly fifteen years prior, the world had been their oyster, possibilities endless. They’d first settled just over the Oregon border on Daisy Creek, upstream from the burgeoning gold rush rag town of Table Rock City. Nuggets were thick like fleas on a dog; there for the picking. That was the winter of 1852. It was cold and wet, but the easy pickin’s more than outweighed the creature discomforts. Jackson Creek was rich in placer gold, and a man with a pan and a rocker could make easy wages when things got too crowded over on Daisy. READ MORE
Glass Works Auctions presents The “Cabin Fever” Potpourri Auction!
Glass Works Auctions presents The “Cabin Fever” Potpourri Auction! Closes January 25th, 2016 @ 10:00 PM. Featuring: Bitters, Whiskeys, Flasks, Saratoga Type Bottles, Sodas and Beers, Pontiled Medicines, Inks & Inkwells, Pickles and Foods, Black Glass, Blown and Pattern Molded, Barber Bottles and more. Over 360 lots of quality antique bottles, flasks, etc. Click here to view the auction, register and bid!
The 2016 Little Rhody Bottle Show & Sale
This past weekend, good friend Jim Berry and I were able to attend the 45th annual Little Rhody Bottle Show & Sale. We attend the show every year as long as the weather stays good. It takes us about 4 hours to get there, but we don’t mind as it is a great time to visit and joke around which is a must for me on any trip. This year the show moved to its new location because the old location was sold. The Holiday Inn located on Myles Standish Boulevard, Taunton, Mass., proved to be a great location. READ MORE
2016 Sacramento Shootout Bottle Competition News
The Sacramento Shootout bottle competition will be held at the FOHBC 2016 National Antique Bottle Show & Expo in Sacramento, California after the Generals House Reception. There will be three (3) categories. Each category will have three (3) judges. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.The categories are Jesse Moore Sole Agent (cylinder fifths), U.S.A. Hosp. Dept. quarts and Hostetter’s Bitters (limit 4 entries per category per competitor). Security will be provided. For additional information contact Richard Siri, Sacramento Convention Chair, PO Box 3818, Santa Rosa, California, 707.542.6438, email@example.com or visit FOHBC.org
Cleveland, Ohio to be the host city for the 2018 FOHBC National Antique Bottle Convention
The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC) is thrilled to announce the arrival of the 2018 FOHBC National Antique Bottle Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on August 3rd – 5th, 2018. This mega event promises to deliver in ways we haven’t seen before! The Convention will take place at the Cleveland Convention Center… READ MORE
Blue Pontiled McGuire Dug
Bill Yablonski posts that an awesome St. Louis, Missouri, red iron pontiled, J & C Maguire medicine, in a fantastic, near mint condition was dug today in Memphis. See more pictures at TheMemphisDiggers.com
We lose another great bottle collector
Just heard yesterday that Neal Moore passed away suddenly. I was able to spend some quality time with Neal as he set up some spectacular Saratoga mineral water bottles on my table at the FOHBC 2015 Chattanooga National Antique Bottle Show. Read: Top Saratoga “Wanted” List Update. Neal will be missed. Read Obituary
We lose Brian Wolff
As much as we dreaded hearing this, the news came like a thunderbolt and deadened us once again. We have lost someone who had so much going and was an anchor in our antique bottle world. Rest in peace Brian. May your research, explorations and many contributions continue to educate, enlighten and humor us for eternity. So long my friend. READ
January February 2016 issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS delivered this week
The January February 2016 issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS is being delivered to FOHBC members this week. Jammed full of cool stuff. You won’t want to miss The Schwartzonian, The Color Purple by yours truly, Digging Under the Slabs and so much more. ** SUBSCRIBE **
Why it would be manufactured in three lip styles?
Hi Ferdinand, I got a chance last night to catch up on your excellent website when I saw the photo essay you did on the TJ Lummus AV Bitters, I thought I’d send you a note about a situation that is very unusual – to me at least. I’m just wondering if this is a more common experience than I think. I am attaching three photos of the TJ Lummus AV Bitters. The first is the property of the Lynn Historical Society; the second you featured on your website and the third is in my collection. They are all the same body design and color, and OP, as well as height to shoulder, but the neck lengths and lips are all different…
Charles Green’s Peruvian Bark Bitters – Brookfield, Missouri
Ellen Haas Faulkenberry from St. Louis, Missouri posted these pictures of a Green’s Peruvian Bark Bitters on Facebook a week or so ago. I cropped them in Photoshop. Apparently the bottle was dug in Brookfield, Missouri by a local collector and digger named Lance in the Spring of 2015. Lance approached her at the recent Brewery Collectibles and Antique Bottle and Jar Show (Eastside Spectacular #7) on Saturday …
Cap’n Jacks’ Star Anchor Bitters – Portsmouth, Ohio
W. L. B. came up with his Star Anchor Bitters bitters in late 1870 and advertised heavily in local Portsmouth newspapers in 1871 and 1872. He said he was a pharmacist which is a title he probably bestowed upon himself. He seemed to run into financial trouble in mid to late 1872 as there was a Sheriff’s Sale that included bottles of his bitters. He also put his farm on the market. In 1873, he seemed to regain his footing and started making his bitters again. This was an extremely local operations for a short time which supports why this is an extremely rare bitters bottle.
Forks of the Delaware Bottle Collectors 42nd Annual Show
This past weekend I was able to attend the Forks of the Delaware Bottle Collectors 42nd Annual Show, commonly known as the Bethlehem Show. The show is held in the same great location since 1978 which is The Catholic High School located on Madison and Dewberry Avenue. It is easy to find and there is plenty of parking once you get there. I had not been to this show for about 7 or 8 years because something always came up, so this year I planned ahead and had Jim and Val Berry as company to make the four hour ride. As always, we had a great time traveling and joking around. This was Jim and Val’s first time to Bethlehem. READ @ FOHBC
Dr. William Henry Conibear and his Tonic Bitters – Morton, Illinois
A quick search revels the following obituary below; “Death of Dr. Conibear“. This sets the stage for the story of a Dr. William Henry Conibear who was a leading practitioner of medicine in Morton, Illinois for 44 years or so. He was also a surgeon and druggist. After searching for his utopia, he retired in Lakeland, Florida and died a few short years after his arrival on October 25, 1916 at the age of 72. He is buried in Morton, Illinois. Morton is a village in Tazewell County, Illinois, known for its pumpkins and annual Pumpkin Festival and is a part of the Peoria, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Dr. Asher Atkinson’s Universal Family Medicines
Working in my “A’s” today trying to see if any unlisted bitters are parked in my “to do” folders. Here is a neat medical catalog that lists four Atkinson Bitters, two listed and two not. Thought it might be a good idea to sort this out for Bill Ham who is working on Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. The products are from Dr. Asher Atkinson, who was a Botanic Druggist located at No. 230 Greenwich St., between Barclay and Robinson Streets in New York. The piece is dated 1858.
Beach’s Stomachive Bitters – New Orleans
You may have noticed more of a push here at Peachridge Glass and with other bitters collectors to purge their files of potential unlisted bitters. You see, the word is out that Bill Ham is getting closer with his draft for the much-anticipated Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. As a matter of fact, the latest draft is with me for redlines. This will be the 908th bitters post on PRG and I have many other folders with references of bitters to explore. For example the Beach’s Stomachive Bitters from E. D. Beach in New Orleans, Louisiana. James Viguerie sent the clipping below which matches work in my “To Do” folder. I wonder if this is a typo and “Stomachive” should be “Stomachic” which is a medicine or tonic that promotes the appetite or assists digestion.
Wild Cherry and Iron Bitters – J.M. Abeles, Leavenworth, Kansas
Here is another incoming email from super-sleuth, James Viguerie, as he finds anoth unlisted bitters reference, that being for the Wild Cherry and Iron Bitters prepared by J. M. Abeles, Druggist, corner 3rd & Cherokee Streets in Leavenworth, Kansas. The label comes from a St. Louis printers press proof sheet. Pretty cool eh? Ferd, I came across a label for a bitters that was in a sample book for the St. Louis Label Works. A druggist named Jos. M. Abeles existed at the address shown on the label, so I think it was an actual product. Also, note on the full sheet that there are several Texas medicines. James Viguerie
Alphons Dryfoos’ Wald Koenig Bitters and an amazing bottle design patent
Ferd, While looking through all my patent research I came across a bitters reference and an amazing bottle design patent. I’m not sure if a bottle was ever made, or if it was for the Wald Koenig Bitters. I didn’t think the Landsberg Sphinx Bitters bottle existed until I saw the pictures! All I have right now are two patents and a 1904 ad selling Wald Koenig Bitters for $1 a bottle, or $7.50 a dozen. Hopefully you can find out a little more on Mr. Dryfoos’ bottles. And maybe someone out there has one of the bottles patented in 1895.
Dr. Bishop’s Wa-hoo Bitters | New Haven, Connecticut
I put up a post the other day on Pinkerton’s Wahoo Bitters that fit in nicely with some other “Wahoo” bitters in my collection. I realized that I had not previously posted about Dr. Bishop’s Wa-Hoo Bitters from New Haven, Connecticut. The Bishop’s Wa-hoo Bitters is a cool, semi-cabin, figural bottle that comes in two sizes. Wahoo is a fictitious name used to represent the Indian population. Chief Wahoo is the logo for the Cleveland Indians. Let’s not go there.
The Capital Region Bottle & Insulator Clubs 19th Annual Show and Sale
This past Sunday which was November 15th, 2015, the Capital Region Bottle & Insulator Club held its 19th Annual Show and Sale. Up here it is more commonly known as the Albany Club to most Northeast collectors. Once again, they held their show at the Polish Community Center located on Washington Avenue Extension in Albany, New York. This has become the new home for the show and makes a nice location for the dealers and attendees. There is easy access and plenty of parking. Read @ FOHBC
Bishops Oppose Bitters – The Hydra-Headed Monster Drink
Temperance societies seem to have started in England and were inspired by a Belfast professor of theology, and Presbyterian Church of Ireland Minister Rev. John Edgar, who poured his stock of whiskey out of his window in 1829. He mainly concentrated his fire on the elimination of spirits rather than wine and beer. On 14 August 1829, he wrote a letter in the Belfast Telegraph publicizing his views on temperance. He also formed the Ulster Temperance Movement with other Presbyterian clergy, initially enduring ridicule from members of his community.
Jacob Pinkerton’s Wahoo & Calisaya Bitters
“Hi Ferdinand. I have a question about one of the bottles I won from American Bottle Auctions. It is lot 98, Jacob Pinkerton’s Wahoo & Calisaya Bitters. Jeff says it has a tooled top. The Ring and Ham Bitters Bottles books only list an applied top. I was wondering if it is an unlisted variant? I was also wanting to know if your examples have applied or have a tooled top? I am checking with Lou Holis also, as he has an example. Thanks, Frank”
Keeping an eye out for H.P Herb and Barto’s Great Gun Bitters at Hopewell Furnace
I spent the past few days in Reading, Pennsylvania for business. Much of it in the downtown historic district. I could not help wondering how many H.P. Herb Bitters and Barto’s Great Gun Bitters were buried beneath the many decades of buildings that had either disappeared, survived or been renovated. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit Hopewell Furnace which is a National Historic Site. I again kept wondering. Here are a few of my pictures from this gray day. I certainly recommend a visit. The ironwork on the stoves was impressive to say the least.
Here is a communication below from James Viguerie who periodically helps out with bitters posts. Looks like we have references to an unlisted Democratic Bitters made by Dr. Samuel R. Whitlow from Peoria County, Illinois around 1871 and 1872. The bitters was most likely named as a reference to the 1872 Democratic National Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. The support image is the interior of Ford’s Grand Opera House of John T. Ford, (1829-1894), on East Fayette Street (between North Howard and Eutaw Streets) in Baltimore, Maryland during the 1872 Democratic National Convention, (built 1871, razed 1964).
A tale of two unlisted bitters – Vegetable Tonic Bitters & Tolson’s Tonic Bitters
Abbeville and Vermilionville, Louisiana: When I posted the bottle shard of the extremely rare Youngblood’s Tonic Bitters the other day, James Viguerie responded on Facebook, “Looks like part of one of ‘them there’ Youngblood’s Tonic Bitters out of Galveston! I did a quick search though and found there was a Tolson & Young Tonic Bitters in Abbeville LA. I do not have my Bitters Bottles books handy, is that one in there?” James also provided a tantalizing link with a clue for the Tolson & Young Tonic Bitters below.
A grouping of Clarke’s Vegetable Sherry Wine Bitters
It seems like I am always moving bottles around because I am adding to the collection, dusting or just plain ole’ re-arranging. You see, bottles talk to each other and communicate as a group. It is fun to pair them up in situations where they might not been seen that way on a shelf. Here are some aqua Clarke’s Vegetable Sherry Wine Bitters that I grouped this past summer. I actually have a variant or two more that I forgot about. Maybe they can join the next family reunion? What amazes me is the astounding reflections and colors…
A Night at the Mohawk Valley Bottle Monthly Meeting
Last night, November 9th, I went to the Mohawk Valley Bottle Club monthly meeting. I attend the meetings as much as I can and normally make 10 or so a year. I was honored to serve as the clubs President for a term and really enjoyed it a lot. There are always a steady 30 people or so that attend the meetings. The Mohawk Valley Bottle Club was founded in 1994. A monthly newsletter is published by Jon Landers, one of the founders. Jon has never missed an issue I have been told. Read @ FOHBC
The Centennial 1776 Tonic Bitters from Philadelphia?
Jeff Wichmann has some super nice bottles in his American Bottle Auctions | Auction 62 that is now underway. I thought it was just a matter of time, and bottles, before another auction would take place from Jeff’s shop in Sacramento. Most, if not all of these items seem to be new consignments, as I do not remember seeing them when I visited in September of this year. One lot you bitters collectors might want to pay attention to is the Centennial 1776 Tonic Bitters. This is an odd bottle that I have only seen once before, and that was at an auction in June 2010 that Jeff also conducted.
SACRAMENTO: A place where many came to seek a treasure.
Sacramento, A place where many came to seek a treasure. Some by ship, some by foot, some by horse, but none by plane. Most of you FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo visitors made your trip in a matter of minutes or hours. But the treasure seekers referred to above took months of the most arduous travel to come to Sacramento, and most went home without a treasure. May your fortune be better! Read at FOHBC
The Oldest Bottle Club in the United States?
I received an invitation to join the Empire State Bottle Collectors Association for dinner to celebrate its 50th year as a club. I first did not think much about the 50th year being that important. After all, there are a lot of things that last 50 years. I have lasted 57 years. I decided I wanted to go right off because I have a lot of friends out that way and I love bottle-related gatherings. Once I made my mind up to go for sure, one thing kept sticking in my head. On the invitation it said, “The Oldest Consecutive Club In The United States.” READ at FOHBC
Forty Up Vigor Bitters – Who are You?
About a year or two ago, Ellen & Curt Faulkenberry, from up Saint Louis, Missouri way, sent me some pictures of some extremely rare bitters from their collection. I didn’t know what to expect but I was hoping to see the Pony Bitters. Curt had shown me this baby once before at one of the FOHBC National Shows.
Big Advertising Pays for Paine’s Celery Compound
I did a post yesterday on Paine’s Celery Compound that revealed some super-sized advertising in various newspapers across United States. I would have to believe that taking full-page or almost full advertisements had a dramatic effect with the consumer who was being bombarded by every type of quack medicine, remedy, cure, bitters or tonic on the market. I especially enjoyed the testimonials from persons and dignitaries who probably never even tried the product like doctors, nurses, politicians, business tycoons, cabinet holders, sports figures, fire chiefs, preachers and of course mothers. You know, say something nice about the product and get your picture in the paper. The makers of Paine’s Celery Compound made millions.
Paine’s Celery Compound – Makes People Well
According to Commercial and Financial New England Illustrated, in 1874, Edward E. Phelps, M.D., L.L.D., professor of theory and practice in the Dartmouth Medical College, compounded the formula for a tonic prescription having as one of its basic properties the celery seed. This formula was placed upon the prescription books of M. K. Paine, a local druggist, and became known as Paine’s Celery Compound. This formula was prescribed to such an extent by local physicians that Professor Phelps finally consented to have his prescription placed upon the market in the form of a proprietary medicine. Mr. Paine, the local druggist, soon found himself unable to cope with the constantly increasing demand for Paine’s Celery Compound…
Original Dr. Pepper “Dr. Pepper’s Pepsin Bitters” Formula
Hi Ferd: Seen this ledger up for auction again from a lesser known auction house in VA. The last time it sold in Dallas in 2009 at Heritage Auctions. Wonder if there was a bottle, even if it was a label only, as I am sure you know Dr Pepper is a Texas product. Last time it sold had good media coverage, not sure what it went for though. Anyhow just passing it on. The item eventually sold for 9800 + 18% auction house premium. – Lou Holis
Mike on the Radio – Bottles & Metal Detecting Radio Show
Mike On The Radio – Recently I was interviewed about metal detecting and bottle collecting on a nostalgia radio show based in San Diego. Below is the link that will take you to the program. I was nervous and did not know what questions I was going to be asked, so I wish I could change a couple of my answers, but too late now. Overall I thought it turned out okay. I hope you enjoy it…. Mike Bryant
Dr. James M. Solomon and his Indian Bitters
The Solomon Indian Remedy brands originated in Providence, Rhode Island by ‘old’ Dr. James M. Solomon, who was the sole proprietor of a wide variety of Indian medicines that made him famous. Solomon apparently was gathering herbs and roots in the woods on this property and he decided to become a medicine man. Solomon was born in Seekonk, Bristol, Massachusetts in 1812 from parents John Solomon and Amey Hill. He was neither an Indian nor a Doctor though he milked these titles with extreme efficiency in marketing his medicines. Later advertising touted him as “The Great Indian Medicine Doctor” and “The Root and Herb Doctor”. He sold his homemade remedies to the Ashley Drugstore on Park Avenue in Attleboro, Massachusetts for many years. The remedies were sold as “Old Doctor Solomon’s Indian Bitters.”
Griel’s Herb Bitters – Lancaster, Pennsylvania
The aqua Griel’s Herb Bitters is another brand of bitters from Lancaster, Pennsylvania that was represented in the recent Nolt Collection of Whiskey Memorabilia that was auctioned off by Conestoga Auction Company. Bitters were well represented in the auction as I picked up four rare examples that had eluded me previously. I also wrote about the auction in other areas…
A most unusual free blown bottle
Ferdinand, I recently got this great little bottle in a collection that I bought. I guess that it must be a New England tobacco storage bottle. It is 5 and 3/4″ high, and 5 inches in diameter. Open tubular pontil. Wonderful swirls in the glass. Has its original carved wooden stopper. A collector in New England says that he has not seen anything like it…and it stands alone. Would any of your readers have any ideas about it? Thanks – Gene Baudouin
Goodwin’s Laree Bitters – Baltimore
The advertisement below was found in the bottom right corner of a Virginia newspaper in 1882. Right beneath the word OPIUM. It represents the unlisted Goodwin’s Laree Bitters. Wikipedia says that Laree may refer to a village and commune in France (Larée is a commune in the Gers department in southwestern France), a Lari (fish hook money), an obsolete coinage used around the Arabian sea, the Georgian lari, a unit of currency or the Maldivian laari, a unit of currency. The Urban Dictionary says the name LaRee has a french origin, meaning beautiful woman that is loved by all. Since advertising for this unlisted bitters says it is “Strictly a French Preparation”, we may have to go with a village in France or better yet “A beautiful French woman that is loved by all“. That is why I put the picture at the top of the post.