Is the Best Bitters in America the Best Bitters in America?

Is the Best Bitters in America the Best Bitters in America?

07 March 2012

B92_Best Bitters_RH

Apple-Touch-IconAWhile at my two (2) tables at the Baltimore Antique Bottle Show this past weekend, I was alerted to the presence of a Best Bitters in America hidden ‘under the table’ of a dealer from New England. This caused quite a stir in a weekend FULL of “quite a stirs!” I already have a killer example of this great figural bottle (pictured below) so I was able to contain my excitement. It did remind me that this bottle needed to be added to the Roped Corner Fancy Gent Series (see other posts at bottom of page). Anyway, here is the scoop on this cool Kalamazoo, Michigan Figural Bitters.

Kalamazoo, Michigan – circa 1883

Kalamazoo Railroad Map – circa 1876

The Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles:

B 92  BEST BITTERS IN AMERICA

THE BEST BITTERS IN AMERICA, THE BEST BITTERS / IN AMERICA // motif geometric // B. DESENBERG & CO / KALAMAZOO. // motif geometric //
9 1/4 x 2 3/4 (6 1/4)
Square, Amber, LTC, Applied mouth, Roped corners, Rare

BEST BITTERS IN AMERICA – Meyer Collection

BEST BITTERS IN AMERICA – Meyer Collection

BEST BITTERS IN AMERICA – Meyer Collection

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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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