Nice Turner Brothers Tintype

Turner Brothers case bottle in Tintype (typical reversed image)

Nice Turner Brothers Tintype

16 October 2011

Apple-Touch-IconAJeff Noordsy (visit Jeff and Holly Noordsy website) sent me this really cool picture…

“Recently found this ultra cool tintype of two gents playing cards with a Turner Brothers case bottle on the table between them…Jeff”

I pictured my only example of a Turner Brothers square though I have a run of Turner Brothers barrels. My example came from American Bottle Auction 43 (Grapentine III), Lot #863, December 2007

TURNER BROTHERS / NEW YORK, BUFFALO, NY / SAN FRANCISCO. CAL. // f // f // f // 9 3/4 x 2 1/2 (7 1/2) Square, Olive amber and Olive green, LTC and LTCR, Applied mouth, Rare. Circa 1859 – 1865

There are at least two different variants of this embossing often referred to as the“Three line variant”. These bottles were used for bitters and other products.Buffalo Directory 1859, Oroville, California newspaper 1865.

Label: Portraits of three men at top and bottom of the label. Two…of a wine-glassful taken three times a day is certain remedy for dyspepsia, will remove all Biliousness from the Stomach, prevent the engendering of Fever and Ague, Give a … and strengthen the whole system. Prepared by Turner Bros. New York, Buffalo San Francisco.

Note: The Turner Brothers were listed as soda water manufacturers as early as 1850 in Buffalo New York. By 1853 they had opened a branch depot in San Francisco and were listed as syrup and cordial manufacturers. By 1858 they are pushing their Ginger Wine, Forest Wine Bitters and a Vegetable Bitters in newspaper advertising. Even though the Turner’s manufactured many products, most Western collectors believe that the Turners bottle contained the Forest Wine Bitters product. It would be my guess that the bottle was used for all of the products that they marketed. Just slap a different paper label on the old square for whatever the contents and you were good to go!

For more information on Turner Brothers visit Western Bitters News.

Turner Brothers – Meyer Collection

Turner Brothers & American Bottle Auction Grapentine Collection Catalog – Meyer Collection

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V, President, Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors, is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. Ferdinand is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps.
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