CROW’S CELEBRATED TONIC BITTERS
Saving the best for last is the Crow’s Celebrated Stomach Bitters. Only one known example residing in the great figural collection of Bob Ferraro in Boulder City, Nevada. I was fortunate enough to see this beauty a few years back. The is no other barrel with this exact mold though the top half is similar to the large Roback’s Stomach Bitters. I can not find any information on this rarity and welcome any news. Bob’s example came from an old Indiana collection. We can only hope one shows up in a Thrift Shop. Read: Barrel Series – W. Wolf found at Thrift Shop for $1.00
The only known example of the CROW’S CELEBRATED STOMACH BITTERS – Ferraro Collection
C 254.4 CROW’S CELEBRATED TONIC BITTERS
CROW’S CELEBRATED / TONIC BITTERS // W.A. RUHE / SOLE AGENT / EVANSVILLE IND.
9 7/8 x 2 3/8
Round – barrel, Amber, LTC, Applied mouth, Extremely rare
10 rings above and indented panels on opposite sides with embossing vertical. Upper portion of barrel is very similar to the large ROBACK’S STOMACH BITTERS barre (R 73).
Only known example came from an early Indiana collection.
Listed in the Evansville City Directories (source BottlePickers):
1866-1867: Ruhe and Finch Photographic Gallery.
1868-1869: Traveling agent.
1871-1872: Only residence is listed.
Reference: Evansville Public Library.
Panoramic aerial view of Evansville, Indiana
Evansville, ca. 1900. Courtesy of the Special Collections Department of Willard Library, Evansville, Indiana.
Here you can see the CROW’S CELEBRATED STOMACH BITTERS on the second shelf on the far left – Ferraro Collection
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