Roped Squares – Russian Imperial Tonic Bitters

Roped Squares – Russian Imperial Tonic Bitters

14 November 2011

Apple-Touch-IconAYesterday I wrote about the National Tonic Bitters which probably is the most ornate of the roped bitters. 

Read: Roped Squares – National Tonic Bitters

It prompted a few responses that leads me quickly to the very similar Russian Imperial Tonic Bitters. This bottle is almost identical in brand and mold design.

R 133  RUSSIAN IMPERIAL TONIC BITTERS, Circa 1860 – 1880

RUSSIAN // f // IMPERIAL // TONIC BITTERS //
9 1/2 x 3 (7)
Square, Aqua, LTC, Roped corners, Applied mouth, Very rare
11 dots over each lettered panel

Note: Panel with Tonic Bitters identical in this brand with National Tonic Bitters. 4th side plain in this brand. 4th side roped and dotted in National Tonic Bitters.

[PRG] There is a surprising lack of information on these bottles. Anybody have any more info like where they were made, are there Trade Cards, is there advertising etc? Warren?

Russian Imperial Tonic Bitters (L) & National Tonic Bitters (R) – Meyer Collection

Russian Imperial Tonic Bitters – Meyer Collection

Russian Imperial Tonic Bitters – 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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One Response to Roped Squares – Russian Imperial Tonic Bitters

  1. Warren Friedrich says:

    Ferdinand,
    Last time I saw an aqua example of this bottle, was when Randolph Hauman purchased one at the 2006 Reno Federation National show. It is certainly a unique design with not many examples.

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