W. C. BITTERS | BROBST & RENTSCHLER
W.C. BITTERS shoulder embossing – Meyer Collection
Here is a figural bitters barrel that takes a back seat to the other heavy hitter barrels such as the Old Sachems, Greeley’s and Roback’s (see bottom of page).
It a later bottle from Reading, Pennsylvania in a form that is unique to me in figural barrels. I actually like this shape but have always had a hard time with the name. Ring & Ham gave it a ‘W’ classification because it is called W.C. BITTERS. The “W.C.” standing for Wild Cherry. I guest they did not want to deal with the two partners names, “BROBST” and “RENTSCHLER” which are uncommon and tough to pronounce.
The Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles is as follows:
W 57 W.C. BITTERS, Circa 1885 – 1895
// s // W. C. BITTERS // c // BROBST & RENTSCHLER ( au ) / READING, PA // sp //
10 5/8″ x 2 3/4″ (6 5/8)
Barrel, 3-3, Amber, ARM, Applied mouth and Tooled lip, Very scarce
I could only put my hands on two pictures of the bottle. One example resides in my collection while the other example is in the current Glass Works Auction.
Brobst & Rentschler advertisement showing address in Reading, PA.
Amber W.C. BITTERS, Ex: Carl Fisher - Meyer Collection
Lot 278. “W.C. BITTERS (on shoulder) – BROBST & RENTSCHLER / READING, PA.”, (W-57), Pennsylvania, ca. 1885 – 1895, yellowish amber figural barrel, 10 1/2”h, smooth base, tooled mouth. A scarce ‘Wild Cherry Bitters’ bottle! – Glass Works Auctions
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