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E. Dexter Loveridge – In the House
One 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
The 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
Hi 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
Dear Mud Lover, It seems that many of you haven’t gotten the word. If you’re one of our friends left wondering, I offer you a personal apology and promise to never use a mail service again. I hope you will help us get the word out by passing this letter on to other pottery lovers. That said, we know you’re excited that Georgia JugFest is fast approaching. The festival grows every year, thanks in part to you. This year’s auction – set for 3 p.m. Saturday, May 16, in the new courthouse – should be the best yet with more high quality pieces than ever before. The beginnings of the catalog are already on line: VISIT
The “Colors of Spring” Potpourri Auction
Glass Works Auctions Presents at Absentee Auction The “Colors of Spring” Potpourri Auction. Closes May 4th, 2015 at 10:00 pm (EST). Featuring: Flasks, Bitters, Medicines, Black Glass, Blown and Pattern Molded, Whiskies, Foods and Fruit Jars, Figurals, Inks & Inkwells, Saratogas, Sodas & Beers, Barber Bottles, Fire Grenades AND MUCH MORE! Click here to view the auction, register and bid!
Bottles, Jars & Stoneware Auction – North American Glass
Dear Collector: Our spring auction opens for on-line bidding on Monday April 20th at 6 pm EST. This sale includes an excellent variety of quality lots with something for everyone. Twelve different categories include fruit jars, bottles, flasks, stoneware and more. A full preview of 483 lots may now be viewed at the link below: www.gregspurgeon.com/auction Greg Spurgeon NORTH AMERICAN GLASS firstname.lastname@example.org 812.466.6521 VISIT
Dr. Symond’s Zulu Bitters
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
Bob 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
Bob 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
Hi 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.
Heckler Live Auction Sale
Items include: Early American Glass, Bottles, Flasks, Stoneware, Bitters, Utilities, Soda Water Bottles, Medicines, Whiskeys, Art Glass, Inkwells, Decanters, Oil Lamps, Black Glass, Mineral Waters, Demijohns, Milk Bottles & More. Auction Begins: Friday, April 24, 2015 at Noon. Preview: Wed. April 22nd, Thurs. April 23rd (9:00 am – 5:00 pm), and Fri. April 24th (11:00 pm) VISIT
D. T. Boozer and his Smyrna Bitters
Bitters 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”
ABA Auction 61 is Open for Bidding!
Jeff Wichmann and American Bottle Auctions announce that Catalog Auction 61 is now online. This auction will join his popular Sales Page that was also recently launched. Closing April 26th, 2015 7:00 pdt
The Western Prospects Auction
Holabird Western Americana LLC is proud to announce The Western Prospects Auction featuring thousands of Colorado items up for sale: from books to maps, photographs to directories, pamphlets to badges, and tokens to stock certificates. This collection spans the years 1862 to the 1920’s. There are many travel booklets that include marvelous art work and wonderful photographs. The badge collection includes the Taft/Gunnison Tunnel piece. There are governor addresses, federal booklets, fraternal pieces, railroad brochures and maps, firemen badges, travel directories, Denver business directories, and some very rare cabinet card/boudoir card photographs! This massive online/in person auction will run from April 10 through April 21. You can view these items online by going to fhwac.com and clicking the button to see the catalog in PDF form or click on the button to view the items online. Don’t hesitate to call or e-mail us if you have any questions. Joe Elcano, 775-851-1859, email@example.com, 3555 Airway Drive, Suite 308, Reno, Nevada 89511 VISIT
Seligman’s Herb Bitters – Camden, New Jersey
Here 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…
May | June issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS mails tomorrow!
72 pages plus covers packed full of exciting bottle information such as historical information, member news, show news, bottle information and so much more. Articles included in this issue: Part 2: The Bottlers of Dubuque, The Early Years 1854-1863, Is There Really a Burton’s Bitters?, The Big Drink: Buffalo Springs Lithia Water, The Tommy Mitchiner Story, Part 3 of a 4-part series on Bottle Collecting in Georgia, This Anointing Bottle Fascinates Me, Late Persian Bottles – the Black Glass of the Middle East and The National Bottle Museum … Remember to renew in a timely fashion or get a friend to Become a member of the FOHBC
The Many Molds of the Dr Townsend Sarsaparilla Bottles
Great 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
The 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…
ABCR Auction 20 Now Online
Hi, Ferdinand, Just over a week now until bidding begins and the Auction 20 catalogue is ready to view. 1052 lots including a one gallon Castlemaine Brewery Demijohn and a superb collection of rarities from Colac, Victoria. This auction features numerous other quality items plus a diverse array of cheapies and many interesting non-bottle collectables. The most important detail! Online bidding begins: Wednesday 15th April 2015, 8 pm (Melbourne Time). Click here to view the catalogue.
A. A. Mellier – St Louis, Missouri – Mellier’s Imperial Tonic Bitters
Hi Ferdinand, Here is what I have found on the bottle I dug on Sunday, likely an “Imperial Tonic Bitters” according to the 1878 book listing. Thought you might like it for your web site. Photos to follow. Your friends, Mark Wiseman and Jimmy the Pup.
Dr. DeGurley’s Herb Bitters in the news again
I reported a few months back of a new example of the extremely rare, Dr. DeGurley’s Herb Bitters. This bottle is a killer and has a motif of a five-story house embossed on the side, just like an Edward Wilder Bitters. You see, I had been contacted about a recent find. The subject bottle is pictured at the top of the post. Here is the original e-mail…
Some other pictures from our 2015 West Coast Bottle Trip
This is a follow-up post to the “Salutes to the 2015 San Luis Obispo Antique Bottle Show – Morro Bay” post from our recent bottle trip out west to see our good friends Jerry and Helen Forbes of Big Sur, California. Of course there were lots of great bottles at the show, and a few more pics are posted below, but there were other pictures that completed our experience. I thought I would share a few.
Schroeder’s German Bitters – Baltimore
Bob Ford with the Baltimore Antique Bottle Club posted the picture below of the extremely rare, and very uniquely designed Schroeder’s German Bitters from Baltimore, Maryland recently on the Bitters Bottles Facebook page. It reminded me of my example which is pictured at the top of the post. This bottle walked into the Baltimore Show in 2007.
Reproduction Stoddard Utility Bottles
Mr Meyer: Like the title here suggests, I would like to bring the reproduction of Stoddard utilitity bottles to your attention. I am a moderator on Antique-bottles.net and these bottles have been in question for a number of years. I think that if you mentioned these on the Peachridge Glass site it may help. The site I am involved with is community supported and often the titles and threads are poorly worded. There have been quite a few reproductions in the last ten years but are difficult to search for. Here is a link to the latest post with and example. SEE LINK. I will search for others but these have been on sale for some time (at least 10 years) and one sold recently for over $350 (See eBay Listing). I could be wrong but the evidence strongly suggests, at minimum, not near Stoddard age. Thank you for you time, Eric Kloss
FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo
Flyer draft developed for the show. Working with Richard Siri, Show Chairman. Dealer tables will not go on sale until 24 July 2015. You can reserve your hotel room now. Make plans to attend this mega event that includes the FOHBC Generals House Reception for registered Dealer and Early Admission followed by the Sacramento Shoot-out bottle competition, the FOHBC Membership Meeting Breakfast, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Early Admissions, FOHBC Cocktail Hour & Banquet, Educational Seminars, Live Bottle Auction, Displays etc. INFO
April issue of Antique Bottle & Glass Collector at Newsstands
John Pastor with Antique Bottle and Glass Collector and American Glass Gallery auctions has a neat issue in the mail now for April. Love that cover with the miniature Seaworth Bitters from Cape May, New Jersey. Subscribe
Are Pressburgs Still Rare?
The short answer is an absolute “Yes”!! The reason that I post this question is that it has been asked of me on several occasions, most recently at the Baltimore Antique Bottle Show earlier this month. However, as with assessments of rarity among antique bottles, the answer comes with caveats. Indeed, not all Warner’s Pressburgs… READ at Warner’s Safe Cure Blog
Is there a relationship between Grape Bitters by C .R. Smith & Company in Chicago and Dr. A.H. Smith’s Old Style Bitters from St. Louis?
Sorry for the long title. I though I recognized this bottle as it reminded me of another “Smith” bitters in my collection. Mark Nelson posted the above Grape Bitters pictures, which have been clipped in Photoshop, on the Peachridge Glass Facebook page. He added with the pictures, “a fellow friend/digger brought…
Dr. S. Griggs’ Aromatic Bitters – Detroit
While searching for information on the Prof. H.P. Lorman Tonic Bitters and Appetizer, I came across this cool advertisement below for Dr. S. Griggs’ Aromatic Bitters from Detroit, Michigan. I knew I had a recent bottle picture from Glass Works Auctions (pictured above) to create this post.
Professor H.P. Lorman and his Tonic Bitters and Appetizer
Bill Ham sent me a picture of a bottle shard that Bob Strickhart had sent to him for an unlisted bitters. I clipped the image in Photoshop and positioned it above. So who is Professor H. P. Lorman and where is this bottle from? I also wonder if there is a relationship with the H.P. Herb Wild Cherry Bitters?
Salutes to the 2015 San Luis Obispo Antique Bottle Show – Morro Bay
Well…I salute… another San Luis Obispo Antique Bottle Show in Morro Bay, California has come and gone but the adventure continues as Jerry and Helen Forbes, and my wife Elizabeth and I, head up to Monterey after breakfast here at Dorn’s which was the original Breakers Cafe. We come here each morning to regroup and recharge. Fresh orange juice and every kind of great breakfast imaginable. Nice way to start the day, just across the street from our inn.
Beriaults Hair Bitters – Hair Bitters Manufacturing Company
Bill Ham recently purchased a collection of primarily labeled bitters that he put on a table for the first time yesterday at the Morro Bay Bottle Show. The Beriault’s Hair Bitters caught my attention for a number of reasons such as the use of the bitters for a hair tonic, the label with a man holding a hair piece, the bottle contents and the accompanying…
Set of Three Skull Poisons and Trade Cards
Sometimes I just feel like Charlie Brown because I have to say “Good Grief”. This time, Jim Hagenbuch has a set of three Skull Poisons….plus…are you ready…. three corresponding trade cards. Wow-oh-wow. Lot 244 is currently online at Glass Works Auctions “Winter Classic” Auction 106. The write-up and pictures from Glass Works are included in this post.
Looking closer at 1876 United States Internal Revenue Special Tax Stamps
While working on the Dr. James H. McLean & Ferd Meyer, the Tax Agent post, I had the opportunity to look more closely at the 1876 United States Internal Revenue Special Tax Stamps or Certificates for Wholesale Liquor Dealers, Tobacco Peddlers and Beer Brewers. The art is quite spectacular…
Dr. James H. McLean & Ferd Meyer, the Tax Agent
Tom Phillips sent me a packet of FOHBC convention information and with it was this Commission Bill below for Dr. J. H. McLean’s Family Medicines at 314 Chestnut Street in St. Louis, Missouri. That is Dr. McLean pictured above. OK, so far, that is pretty cool. Neat graphics including an illustration of Dr. McLean’s Grand Tower Block
Adolph Christian Ferdinand Moll and his Mexican Pulque Bitters
I picked up a small medicine style aqua bitters recently that was embossed “Mexican Bitters”. That’s all, just Mexican Bitters. Apparently one was dug in Buffalo, New York many years ago. Of course this is not the rather well-known Mexican Bitters put out by Henry C. Weaver in Lancaster, Ohio.
W. A. Carlton’s Anti-Dyspeptic Tonic Bitters – Athens, Georgia
Jim Hagenbuch with Glass Works Auctions has this really neat and extremely rare Carlton’s Anti-Dyspeptic Tonic Bitters square from Athens, Georgia in his “Winter Classic” Auction #106 that closes on March 23rd. I’ve heard about this bottle but have never seen an example before.
The best Outhouse cake I have ever seen
Wanted to send this in for some time. Local cake maker friend of our daughters Michelle Smith does cakes on the side and made me the best Outhouse cake I have ever seen. Not that there are many outhouse cakes. This cake has amazing detail. Even toilet paper! And the whole thing was edible. And delicious! Actually the digging tools, and mini milk bottles… See Pics!
2015 FOHBC Chattanooga National Seminar News
Jack Hewitt and John Joiner, Chattanooga National Show Co-Chairs, have a great line-up of presentations and seminars at the 2015 FOHBC National Antique Bottle Show in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Six seminars are planned and will be given by prominent collectors on various topics in the Chattanooga Marriott Downtown Hotel. The seminars will take place on Saturday morning, August 1st from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon. Seminars are open to any member of the FOHBC or person attending the show. Please mark your calendar now! SEE SEMINAR INFORMATION
Get Your Chattanooga National Hotel Rooms Now!
The first block of FOHBC reserved rooms at the Chattanooga Marriott Downtown Convention Center have been sold out at the $110 rate. We have a second block at the same rate but in limited numbers and time availability. It is critical to book rooms soon, to maintain the FOHBC cost, otherwise it goes up to $169 a night. NATIONAL SHOW INFO
Looking at some Universal Bitters
If you play word association with me and you say Universal, I think of Universal Pictures first, especially their older logos which were fantastic. One is pictured at the top of the post. Of course I know what the word means.
Dr. Marcus’ Universal Bitters – Philadelphia
Jim Hagenbuch with Glass Works Auctions has a nice example of an extremely rare Dr. Marcus’ Universal Bitters from Philadelphia in their “Winter Classic” Auction #106 that closes on March 23rd. Initially, I was kind of excited because I thought I did not have an example, but it looks like I have a super example that I have also pictured in this post.
Selling Tippecanoe in the Newspapers
If you could point to only one quality of H. H. Warner that accounts for his phenomenal success in the fireproof safe business and then, most notably, in the patent medicine business, it would have to be his ability to market his products. He was, perhaps, decades ahead of his competitors in understanding the power of branding and establishing a product as a household favorite. READ at Warner Safe Cure Blog
2015 Baltimore Bottle Experience – Snow, Cold Weather and a Warm Time
Towards the middle of last week, Elizabeth and I started getting alerts from the airlines that our scheduled flight from Houston to Baltimore might be delayed. Well, I guess so, as there was a 100% chance of snow in Baltimore this past Thursday. Trying to outsmart the weatherman, we changed our flight to Friday morning, after the front. My bottle bud…
2015 Baltimore Antique Bottle Show Report – by Jim Bender
My weekend started off on Friday night with Linda and I having dinner with friends Ferdinand and Elizabeth Meyer, Jim and Val Berry and my newest friend Jerry Forbes from Carmel, California. Ferdinand led the way, taking us to Aldo’s in Little Italy. Ferdinand was raised in Baltimore and knows the city. This is a good thing because other than Val Berry who also was raised in Baltimore, none of us had a clue where to go. The meal was a great place to visit… More pictures added
Everything’s better with bitterquelle. . .
Reading the recent post on Hunyadi Janos reminded me of how the details of what we might consider commonplace can be intriguing. What could be more commonplace than water? Translated from German, bitterquelle means “bitter spring.” Water containing sulfates of magnesium and sodium tastes slightly bitter, and thus Andreas Saxlehner named his Budapest water aptly.
Reference to an unlisted De Havens Wild Cherry Bitters – Chicago
Many of the old-time druggists make up bitters by putting wild cherries, together with the inner bark of the wild-cherry tree, into whiskey. This is a fine spring tonic, and some prefer it to sassafras tea. It is good for almost any ailment, in a pinch, and even families who are notoriously dry keep a quart …
What about this Tilton’s Dandelion Bitters?
Some of you may be aware of a series of Dandelion Bitters posts that have occurred on Peachridge Glass in the past. A complete listing is at the bottom of this post. This wonderful “label under glass” Tilton’s Dandelion Bitters is one that has stumped me as I initially could not find any information. I am going to try again today.
Henry Ferris Porter Bottle
The following e-mail was in my in-box from last month and I haven’t had a chance to pursue until now. It is represented below from a fellow in Florida. Pretty neat old beer bottle of some sort. So who is Henry Ferris? Was this a beer, porter, ginger beer?
Looking at Boerhave’s Holland Bitters – Pittsburgh
Jeff Wichmann currently has a Boerhave’s Holland Bitters up on his American Bottle Auctions “For Sale” page that prompted me to pull my example out of a digital folder. The top two pictures represent my bottle. Another rather exciting aqua bitters that can rock your socks or at least mine. I am surprised it still available on Jeff’s site. This bitters collector suggests “Buy”. The price is right too.
Dr. C. G. Garrison’s Bitters for Dyspepsia – Philadelphia
Here is another great aqua bitters that sold last week on Jeff Wichmann’s American Bottle Auctions Sale Page. I have not seen an example of a Dr. C. G. Garrison’s Bitters for Dyspepsia from Philadelphia, so this was pretty darn exciting to this bitters collector. Jeff’s write-up on the bottle is as follows…
“Battle of Chattanooga”
The “Battle of Chattanooga” bottle competition will be held at the Marriott on Friday, July 31st after the banquet in Plaza Room C. There will be three categories. Each category will have three judges. The categories are: Colored Sodas, Sauces (peppersauce, ketchup, durkees, oyster, etc.) Best Bottle South of the Mason Dixon Line. Security will be provided. For additional information contact: Mike Newman, phone: 706.829.8060, e-mail: theNewm@aol.com. VISIT SHOW PAGE
Dr. Sperry’s Rheumatic Bitters – Hartford, Connecticut
Selling for a song last week at Jeff Wichmann’s American Bottle Auctions Sale Page was this rare, actually I think extremely rare, Dr. Sperry’s Rheumatic Bitters from Hartford, Connecticut. At this point, just about any bitters I don’t have now is either because it is extremely rare, an oddball variant or would require global financial backing to purchase.
McKelvy’s Stomach Bitters – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sometimes there is just so little information available to help identify a bottle that you just have to connect the dots and make assumptions. In today’s case it is the McKelvy’s Stomach Bitters from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We also have WM. MCC&CO. embossed on the base as clue.
Beautiful Minerals with a Selection of Exquisite Barber Bottles
Now here is a display that you don’t come across too often at antique bottle shows. Check out this email from Sandor P. Fuss reporting from the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show. Make sure you check out the pairing of the specific minerals with the barber bottle.