I received an email from Tim Henson regarding a Siner’s Celebrated Bitter Cordial which brings up an interesting point relating to how Carlyn Ring and Bill Ham cataloged Bitters bottles.
I am talking about a bottle that says BITTER and not BITTERS, with a missing ‘S’ in BITTER. This is an all important ‘S’ to some, as Carlyn and Bill must have determined, as these two forerunner greats did not assign catalog numbers to these bottles in most cases, possibly thinking they were not true Bitters bottles. Who knows? Probably has to do with the word ‘Cordial’ which is a form of liqueur.
I think different, but that may not make a difference. The absence of the ‘S’ does affect price and desirability. To me, the missing ‘S’ is an abnomily, as I belive these products did contain Bitters and the word BITTER is close enough for me. So I collect them. I even give them ‘placeholder” Ring & Ham numbers (Don’t tell Bill). See below:
S 1213.3 (?) SINER’S BITTER CORDIAL, Circa 1860’s – 1870’s
SINER’S // CELEBRATED / BITTER CORDIAL // PHILADA // f //
9 1/2 x 3
Square, Aqua, LTC, 3 sp
Here is the email and pictures that Tim submitted for review: