At the Baltimore Bottle Show this past March, Virginia digger and collector Tom Leveille, who now lives in Newport News, Virginia asked me to take a picture of my Virginia Bitters bottles in a group shot. I knew this might be a difficult assignment because I would have to look at my records, embossings and other info to determine exactly which bottles qualified. Some bottles may be from Virginia and may not even be embossed with a Virginia city, town or state name. I also asked about the Ta Tsing Bitters from West Virgina (Read previous post: Ta Tsing Bitters – The Great Chinese Remedy) and Tom said sure “Both Virginia’s”.
Of course some Bitters bottles jumped right to the front of the list and that is where I will start. The E. Bakers Premium Bitters | Richmond, VA.
B 10.4 E. BAKER’S PREMIUM BITTERS
E. BAKER’S / PREMIUM / BITTERS / RICHMOND VA // c //
6 3/4 x 3 1/8 x 2 1/8 (4 3/4)
Oval, Aqua, NSC, Applied mouth, Rough and Metallic pontil mark, Rare
Nothing after Richmond, period under A of Va.
My smooth base example was purchased at the famous 3 session American Bottle Auctions | Grapentine III | Auction 43 and was Lot #868 in November 2007.
I would like to ask the Tom and/or the Richmond Bottle Club to get me more information on this Bottle such as the label, advertising, where it was made and information on E. Baker, that is, if it exists.