Posted on eBay now you will see a wonderful example of a Crookes’s Stomach Bitters from New Orleans. The seller, who has provided some nice pictures, is turnitup38 with a 100% rating. This a a favorite bottle of mine because of the large bulbous form in the neck. It is almost like the bottle is posturing or in mating season. I also really like the Crookes’s name. Odd spelling with the double ‘s’ which does not show up in an advertising piece I found (see below). The listing is as follows.
Crookes’s Stomach Bitters antique bottle New Orleans La. Rare ! NO RESERVE
CROOKES S STOMACH BITTERS Ring and Ham C-252. 10 1/4 inches tall, olive green with a hint of amber. This bottle is listed as extremely rare, and that crooke was a distiller in new orleans from 1856-65. I found listings from Harmer Rooke in 1991 for $2,750, and Charles G. Moore in 1996 for $1,980 in my Browns auction price guide. Pretty desirable. the condition is great, no damage, chips, or cracks. there is the slightest fine wear here and there on the bottle but I cannot find an actual scratch. mint condition. eye catching cream top style neck. Other bottles shown for color comparison only and not included in auction.
The Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles is as follows:
C 253 CROOKES’S STOMACH BITTERS, Circa 1860 – 1865
// s // H. // M. CROOKES’S / STOMACH BITTERS //
10 1/8 x 3 1/2 (6)
Round cream-top style neck, Olive green, LTC, Applied mouth, Rare
Initial H is only letter on other side of mold seam and is unlike other letters in size or placement.