Amended: 08 April 2012 with two W & Co NY pineapple pictures from Bruce Silva.
Amended: 08 April 2012 with two J. C & Co pineapple pictures.
The Pineapple form remains one of the favorite figural shapes in a field dominated by queens, corns, pigs, fish and cabins. You will always get plenty of satisfaction and compliments when you find a good pineapple because they are highly detailed, faceted and catch the light and reflections in the way you would expect a diamond or exotic gem.
Unfortunately, not much is known about these bottles with the exception of what is printed in Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham Bitters Bottles. On line research reveals very few quality images and little to no information on the makers, labels or variants.
It must also be noted that these are ‘labeled Bitters’ without the word ‘Bitters’ embossed on the bottle. This causes some collectors to bypass this bottle which is fine with me. I consider it a Bitters, a figural Bitters and a drop dead, gorgeous form.
Label: The Best Tonic, Brown’s Iron Bitters
To assist in information gathering I have posted the Ring & Ham information along with some of my collection pictures. There are also two (2) pontil images I found online and a photograph of the spectacular handled Pineapples owned by Jim and Lynn Mitchell in Tampa (read further: Handled Pineapples Enjoyed in Sunny Florida)
P 100 PINEAPPLE BITTERS, Circa 1845 – 1855
L…The Best Tonic, Brown’s Iron Bitters
8 7/8 x 4
Round pineapple, Amber, Topaz, Aqua, Blue green, Yellow olive, Olive green and Green, DCM, Applied mouth, Diamond-shaped label panel interrupts diamond diaper.
Two other known molds for pineapple bottles had a smaller label panel bounded by
two instead of the three-diamond design. One, with metallic pontil, was inscribed
W & Co NY and the other JC & CO, has a rough pontil. One specimen said to have a frosted label area.
Note: Also known is a paneled bottle embossed I. & L. M. Helman. There is some question as to the age of the label which does not match the shape nor size of the label panel.
P 101 PINEAPPLE BITTERS
// b // PATD OCTOBER 1ST 1870 BY A. L. LACRAIX
8 7/8 x 4
Round pineapple, Aqua, DC, Applied mouth, Very rare.