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!


Dr. L. G. Bertram’s Long-Life Aromatic Stomach Bitters

BertramsLongLife_AGGHere is another extremely rare bitters that John Pastor presented in his American Glass Gallery Auction 14 that closed last night. The Dr. L. G. Bertram’s Long-Life Aromatic Stomach Bitters is a tough one to research because there is barely any information on the bottle, no trade cards and obviously, no label. I put in a call to the doctor, that is Marianne Dow (MD), to provide some assistance as the situation here in Houston is a bit dicey with all the rain and storms. Let’s see where we go.


June issue of Antique Bottle & Glass Collector

AB&GC_JuneCover15The hobbies premier monthly magazine. Antique Bottle & Glass Collector is the longest published and largest subscription base magazine in the industry. Published monthly, in a combination of color and black & white, it contains informative articles by some of the most well respected glass enthusiasts. Subscribe

Northwestern Bottle Colectors Assn. 49th Annual Antique Bottle & Collectible Show

Northwestern15Hi Ferd: Hope all is well your way. We were wondering if you could make mention of our show coming up next weekend. We’ve worked hard on getting the general public in the door to hopefully generate some new collectors. The more word we can get out, all the better. Attached is a flyer with show info and a link to my website with details .. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. We thank you for all you do for the hobby!

Fantasy Jug for 2015 Chattanooga National

FOHBCJugFront_10Now, here is some exciting news. Jim Bender, FOHBC Historian, has commissioned Jim Healy from Tribes Hill, New York to make a commemorative stoneware jug for the upcoming 2015 Chattanooga National Antique Bottle Show. Jim picked it up this weekend and sent me a few pictures. I suspect we will sell raffle tickets for the piece. From the looks of it, every person that has seen it so far would like it in their home! Way to go Jim & Jim!


Ponce De Leon Bitters – George Jefferson Howard and the Coca-Cola Connection

Lucas_Cranach_(I)_-_Jungbrunnen_-_Gemäldegalerie_Berlin Here another great bitters square that John Pastor has in his current American Glass Gallery Auction 14 which is now online. The picture at the top of the post is from the auction. This folks, is the #7 top Georgia bottle (see list below). Juan Ponce de León (1474 – July 1521) of course, is associated with the legend of the Fountain of Youth, reputed to be in Florida. He was a Spanish explorer and conquistador and became the first Governor of Puerto Rico by appointment of the Spanish crown. He led the first European expedition to Florida, which he named.


Diamond’s Improved Swedish Blood Bitters – Buffalo, New York

NiagaraStreetDiamondRWell, I suppose I had to go here now that I posted on the Diamond B Stomach Bitters that referenced the Diamond “M” Bitters. What’s another diamond when you’re having fun? This time we are going to look at the Diamond’s Blood Bitters from Buffalo, New York which was put out by Charles A. Diamond. I guess he felt like he had to improve on the product so he also was the proprietor of Diamond’s Improved Swedish Blood Bitters. Maybe he married a Swedish lass?


Diamond B Stomach Bitters – Detroit Michigan

Diamond BittersJohn Pastor has this pretty decent Diamond B Stomach Bitters (pictured above) from Detroit, Michigan in his present American Glass Gallery Auction 14. The bottle is embossed “DIAMOND STOMACH BITTERS DETROIT MICH” with a “B” inside of a diamond. John states that it is an extremely rare bitters and that the auction example was discovered in a box of junk at a small auction in Toledo. He also states that “it appears that only one, perhaps two, other examples have been offered at auction in more than 20 years!”


Tables on Sale on 25 July for the 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo

SacContractCoverRedTagThe Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC) is extremely excited about their 2016 FOHBC National Antique Bottle Convention which will be held on 04 – 07 August 2016 (Thursday – Sunday) in Sacramento, California. Sacramento is the birthplace of the Federation of Historical Bottle Clubs (later renamed Collectors). Dealer tables will go on sale 25 July 2015 and will sell fast. Contracts and info packets will be available at the 2015 Chattanooga National. Table are anticipated to sell out rather quickly. More Information

The 2nd Annual Lake City Bottle and Collector Show

LakeCity15_SqFilling the Room with Bottles – Ed LeTard here — A note about our show held this past weekend. The 2nd Annual Lake City Bottle and Collector show was held in Lake City, Florida this past weekend, May 15 & 16 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. Dealers from across the southeast U.S., and even a dealer from New York state (Mike Malanowski) enjoyed brisk trading and sales. The show was a sellout for the second year in a row. A few dealers were shut out of a sales table due to their contract/table request arriving the week of the show. This also happened last year so it pays to get your show contracts in early. The show is held annually on the weekend after Mother’s Day, usually the second weekend of May. READ POST

Pole Top Discoveries & Glass Discoveries Auction #72

RK_AuctionRWelcome to Pole Top Discoveries & Glass Discoveries Collector Services Spring 2015 Auction Schedule: Catalogued Auction #72 includes over 300 insulators and related items and a nice assortment of bottles and jars. Now open for bidding by using the link provided above. This is a timed closing auction with 8 minute timer on closing night. Call Backs will be in effect on items ending at $400 and higher in the first phase of the sale. VISIT

Heckler Auction 122 Online Now

AuctionHeader-122We are pleased to present Auction 122; A Select Absentee Auction Including Early Glass, Historical Flasks, Bitters, Utilities, Whiskeys, Black Glass, Inks, Colognes, Medicines, Sodas and More. You can view the auction and bid online now. Auction closes: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 10:00 PM EDT (7:00 PM PDT), Timed Closing. View the catalog and bid HERE. This auction will have a Timed Closing. There will be No Call Backs for this auction. Please review the conditions of sale for this auction for more information on the Timed Closing process. Norman C. Heckler & Company

Dr. Lamot’s Botanic Bitters – Where are you from?

LamontsLot152AGG14John Pastor has a rare Dr. Lamot’s Botanic Bitters square in his current American Glass Gallery Auction #14. I thought I would take a moment to capture the pictures as the example is pretty fine with a sticker from the Dan Murphy collection. I am also fortunate to have an example myself and it is also pictured. What is interesting here is there is a lonely listing in Bitters Bottles Supplement for a labeled Dr. Lamot’s Botanic Bitters in the form of an amber, 1/2 pint strap sided flask with an applied mouth. And no, I do not have a picture…darn!


New Fruit Jar Book Available

FruitJarAnnual2016Dear Collector- We’re sending this message on behalf of the publisher of the 2016 Fruit Jar Annual……Jerry McCann. The all-new reference book is now available for immediate shipment to customers of North American Glass. Softbound, spiral bound with 392 easy-to-read pages, with many jar photographs, drawings and period ads. For more information, and to order your copy of the book, please visit our website.

2017 National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo

SealSpfldMAFor Immediate Release: FOHBC in Springfield, Mass in 2017! Northeast Region: Some things are worth waiting for. This is one of those things… The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC) is proud to announce that the FOHBC National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo for 2017 will take place in Springfield, Massachusetts. Commencing Thursday, August 3rd, 2017, the MassMutal Center of Springfield Mass. will be the site of a historical bottle and glass experience you will remember for years to come. READ MORE

American Glass Gallery Auction 14, May 13th, 2015

AGG _14 coverJohn Pastor shares with us his auction cover for their American Glass Gallery Auction 14 which commences on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015. A fantastic selection of 296 Lots of great bottles including Historical Flasks, choice Bitters and Pontiled Medicines, Inks, Whiskeys, Sodas, Mineral Waters, Black Glass, and much more! High quality, full-color, detailed catalogs are still only $12.00 plus $2.80 postage.(includes a post-auction, prices realized list following the close of the sale). PREVIEW

Lud’s Aromatic Stomach Bitters – Lawrence, Kansas

Quantrill_RaidReuben W. Ludington, was educated in the common schools of New England receiving the equivalent of a business education. With school completed, he moved to Hartford, Connecticut and worked as a clerk and salesman on the low salary of fifty dollars per annum which included board. He prospered and in 1849, he returned to Holyoke and started a store of his own which was reasonable successful. He was also appointed postmaster until he moved to Lawrence, Kansas in the Spring of 1857. I suspect he saw the war coming between the North and South and headed west.


H. H. Warner Goes to Sea: Maritime Images in Safe Cure Advertising

1887-beacon-light-of-safety-almanacAs you can imagine, part of doing a blog on Warner’s Safe Cure involves research. Although I would consider myself to be knowledgeable about H. H. Warner and his patent medicine empire, I am always reminded of how much remains to be discovered. Part of my research includes looking at the vast array of advertising that Warner used to develop his brand. That includes newspaper advertising, almanacs, trade cards, posters and on and on. Read at Warner’s Safe Cure Blog

2015 Mohawk Valley Antique Bottle Club Show Report

Mohawk bottle show 2015 027ARTThe Mohawk Valley Antique Bottle Club held its 21st bottle show last May 3rd at the Maennerchor located in Marcy, N.Y. This was the first time this location was used for the show. Over the years the club has been forced to move its show around because the places being used were sold or got way too expensive. As anyone who has put on a show knows, finding a location that fits all needs can be difficult. READ MORE

John T. Pendleton and his Pendleton’s Pineapple Bitters

Old_nashville_riverfrontYesterday I put up a post on C. G. Pendleton’s Tonic, The World-Renowned Stomach Bitters from Bridgeport Connecticut. The bottle dates from 1866 to 1867. There seems to be some confusion on the internet saying that this bottle is related to the Pendleton’s Pineapple Bitters from Nashville, Tennessee, which is probably from the same time period. The Bridgeport bottle was put out by Charles Gay Pendleton while the Nashville bottle was put out by John T. Pendleton. So what goes here for these Civil War era bottles?


C.G. Pendleton’s Tonic, The World-Renowned Stomach Bitters

UKBBplayerWhile working on the Curtis’ Little Giant Bitters post from Bridgeport, Connecticut, I came across this advertisement below for C. G. Pendleton’s Tonic, The World-Renowned Stomach Bitters in an 1867 Bridgeport City Directory. Who was this C. G. Pendleton, and why haven’t I seen or have an example of his bitters in my collection? It’s all part of the journey and the hunt.


Curtis’ Little Giant Bitters “The King of Tonics”

CurtissLittleGiant_GourdThe other day, I did a post on The Little Clark’s Giant Bitters that inspired bitters ephemera collector Joe Gourd, to send me three images for Curtis’ Little Giant Bitters, which is a different brand. Don’t you love that name! All three advertising trade card images used in this post are from Joe’s collection. This brand is unlisted in Bitters Bottles and Bitters Bottles Supplement and will be represented in the next edition, Bitters Bottles Supplement 2, that is being put together by Bill Ham.


Loss of Jim Springer of Marshalltown, Iowa

Jim MarshalltownIt is with deep sorrow to inform you that a Midwestern legend in privy digging and bottle collecting has lost his 10 month battle with brain cancer on March 24th at the age of 56. Jim Springer of Marshalltown, Iowa died at his home surrounded by family. My brother, Jim, started collecting and digging in the early 1980’s while fishing on a river and nearby a quarry where he found a B.A. Morgan Marshalltown, Iowa druggist bottle in a small dumpsite. He then began his adventure looking for bottles at auctions – buying boxes full of bottles.


Remembering Don Burkett – Legendary Fruit Jar Collector

MrMasonSuch sad news… Don Burkett passed away Friday May 1, 2015, due to complications from a fall. Don lost his sweet wife, Glenny, in 2010. The loss took its toll on Don, but he was always smiling when around his fruit jar hobby friends. Our deepest condolences go out to Glenny and Don’s family. Words cannot express how he was loved and how much Don will be missed. Don was beloved by so many collecting friends, and the fruit jar hobby will miss him terribly. This is a sad day indeed. Obituary and funeral details will be posted here when they become available. READ at FINDLAY BOTTLE CLUB

The listing description reads as follows; “ANTIQUE BITTERS MEDICINE BOTTLE. NOT A REPRODUCTION. “

RepropigHuh? Ray Charles could see this one for what it is from down the block! Several days ago a short courtesy email was sent to the seller. It reads as follows; “Good morning; I thought that I’d drop you a line so that you can correct the listing in order to protect your feedback. The item that you are offering is a indeed a repro; and a fairly late one at that. They were produced in both Taiwan and Italy. It’s one of the repro’s dating to the 1970’s and is easy to spot from across a room. READ at Western Whiskey Gazette

The little Clark’s Giant Bitters

GiantARTYou know, when I think of a “Giant”, I think of the Jolly Green Giant, Jacks Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum Giant, Andre the Giant or some kind of odd-ball circus pictures or Guinness Book of World Records picture I have seen in the past. You always seem to see a giant pictured with something really small like a dwarf or midget, kind of like some auction houses put a shiny penny next to a bottle. To give it scale or in this case, to exaggerate scale.


Found: One “A. Schriener (sic) New Orleans” Bottle

SchreinerInHandHello, My friend and I found a great lot in the 7th Ward of New Orleans and dug many iron pontil sodas when we came across this bottle. It appears to be a medicine but other local bottle hounds think it may be an early bitters. We checked the New Orleans Bottle Digger bible and could not find it on any list. It has a re-fired pontil, BIM, applied tooled top in an ice blue dark aqua coloration. It stands over 8″ which leads me to believe it may be a bitters. The embossing says “A. SCHRIENER N. O.” Any help would be greatly appreciated.


American Bottle Auctions: Auction 61 Review

ABA61ARTIt’s April 27th and American Bottle Auction finished their 61st auction last night with a roar. We want to thank all the people that bid in the auction whether they won anything or not. I thought I would write some thoughts down on what we thought of the sale, anybody have another C.A. Slack for sale? READ MORE

FOHBC Chattanooga National General Membership Meeting moves to a Saturday Morning Breakfast

MembBreak15.jpgThe FOHBC General Membership Meeting has been moved from Friday, 31 July 2015 to Saturday, morning, 01 August 2015 in the Marriott Plaza C room. A Breakfast for members will be served. We also have an important Membership vote at this meeting. We will be voting on increasing dues, digital membership and life membership. READ MORE

E. Dexter Loveridge – In the House

OEDL_BottlePair1_10ne of the more interesting aspects of collecting antique bottles, and in my particular case, bitters bottles, is the interesting names that we have to work with. Recently, I wrote a post about Zulu Bitters and then the similarly named Zu Zu Bitters. Then you get the cool “Dr. named bitters” like Dr. Rattinger’s Bitters and Dr. Plannett’s Bitters, weird ones like Aimar’s Flytrap Bitters…


Rochester 2015 Antique Bottle Show

Rochester_GWMerchantsDisplayThe Genesee Valley Bottle Collectors Association held its 46th annual bottle and tabletop collectables show and sale on April 19, 2015. The show, once again, was held at Roberts Wesleyan College. This location is a great place to hold a show with easy loading and unloading as well as plenty of parking. The showroom is also large and well lit. Read and See More

2015 Toronto Bottle Show

Toronto15Hi Ferdinand. I was surprised this year at The 2015 Toronto Bottle Show that was held outside of Toronto in Pickering. Next year they may have to call it the Pickering Bottle Show instead. There was a very good turn-out for the show. Had a very hard time finding a parking stop. Over all, a great show and some good buys. This folk art piece is one of the most famous pieces of pottery in Canada from Morton and Co.
Now this is what I call a one-of-a-kind example. Hopefully it will end up in my collection. – Abel Da Silva SEE PICS

Dr. Symond’s Zulu Bitters

S 244 (Symonds Zulu)The Dr. Symond’s Zulu Bitters is a bitters that I have tried researching and writing about before but have stopped short for one reason or another. Today I will try again as yesterday I wrote about the Zu Zu Bitters which might get confused. Zu Zu was a term for Ginger. The Zulu are a Bantu ethnic group of Southern Africa. There are bitters products with both Zu Zu and Zulu in their names…


Zu Zu Bitters – Zu Zu Medicine Company, Baltimore, Maryland

Zu ZuCropBob Ford with the Baltimore Antique Bottle Club, posted this picture below of a labeled Zu Zu Bitters on the Facebook bitters bottles page. This is a tough bottle to obtain and certainly the label makes it almost unique. Fortunately, I have an example in my collection that I picked up on eBay a few years back. It is pictured further below. So what is Zu Zu?


Maryland Tonic Bitters – Henry Litz

MTB_FordBob Ford from the Baltimore Antique Bottle Club, posted this picture above of a Maryland Tonic Bitters on the Facebook bitters bottles page. I like bitters, I like aqua bottles, I like window shots and I like the snow in the background, so “all is good” here. So what about this bitters bottle that I have never seen before, up until now?


My Latest Demijohn Acquisition

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAHi Ferd, I wanted to share with you my latest demijohn acquisition. This western pink demijohn still had the wicker attached! First time I am aware of one being found retaining its wicker. In my opinion the true pink demijohns have to be considered the rarest color one can find a demijohn in, this one compliments my other almost identical western pink demijohn, all the best, Dale and Barbara Santos.


D. T. Boozer and his Smyrna Bitters

SmyrnaBitters_GourdBitters trade card and ephemera collector Joe Gourd, sent in the above image from his immense collection saying, “Saw your updated wagon post and thought of this “real photo” postcard. Let us not forget that bitters too were delivered by horse and cart. This is S 134 Smyrna Bitters. The post card is undated. Hope you are having a good day. Joe”


Seligman’s Herb Bitters – Camden, New Jersey

CigarSeligmanHere is an unlisted bitters bottle from the Garden State that has been circulating on some of the web forums requesting a place in history. Tom Kennedy Jansen posted the above picture of a Seligman’s Herb Bitters Camden NJ (I cropped in Photoshop) and said “as far as I know, this is the only one known…


The Many Molds of the Dr Townsend Sarsaparilla Bottles

TownsendGridRickGreat new resource on Dr. Townsend Bottles by authority Rick Ciralli. This page is dedicated to the many molds of the Dr Townsend Sarsaparilla bottles. There are three (3) distinct varieties of these bottles. Dr Townsend’s Sarsaparilla Albany NY, OLD Dr Townsend’s Sarsaparilla New York and OLD Dr J Townsend’s Sarsaparilla New York. Check it Out


Ward’s Eureka Tonic Bitters – Covington, Kentucky

WardsSchoolrThe other day, while looking around St. Louis for Auguste Amadee Mellier listings for his Mellier’s Imperial Tonic Bitters, I came across some advertising for a Ward’s Eureka Tonic Bitters from Covington, Kentucky. At first I thought that this bitters might be unlisted but alas, I do see a lonely listing in Bitters Bottles. This is an extremely rare bitters. Possibly only one or two examples reside in collections.


My bottle from the Empress of Ireland


Recently I received a couple of e-mails from Francine Saint-Laurent in Montréal (Québec) with questions about a bottle she had in her possession. The e-mails also referenced the Empress of Ireland which rang a long forgotten bell in my mind. Let’s look at her e-mails and see if we can help her out. Another example of how every bottle has a story…


5 Responses to Antique Bottle and Glass News

  1. Warren Friedrich says:

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  2. FinBotClub says:

    This is a great looking website — well done! Love all the pix of the beautiful bottles. Looking forward to watching this site grow. All the best wishes from the Findlay Bottle Club! –Marianne Dow

  3. Mike Dolcini says:

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  4. dale says:

    Great job Ferd ! The information and enjoyment of your site is a huge asset to the bottle and glass collecting community not to mention the history buff ! My enjoyment of collecting has just increased 10 fold thanks to your efforts !

  5. feritz says:

    I have an example of the Hufeland bitters That reads: Original Swiss Stomach Tonic. sole manufacturers-Edward M. Lind/ O.L. Stevens. This is an early machine-made bottle, so I am assuming it was made after the pure foods act of 1906. Curious. Frank Ritz

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