Wheat Bitters Co. – 19 Park Place, New York

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Wheat Bitters – Wheat Bitters Company

19 Park Place, New York

27 September 2013

Apple-Touch-IconAToday we will look at what most bitters collectors consider a common bottle. I am speaking of Wheat Bitters, put out by the Wheat Bitters Co., 19 Park Place in New York from about 1883 to 1885.

You see the wonderfully illustrated trade cards often and I have examples of most of them in my collection. The illustrations typically show Victorian people interacting with an enlarged bottle of Wheat Bitters whether they be two lovers in a boat with a Wheat Bitters, people joyously dancing around a bottle of Wheat Bitters, a cherub driving in a dog cart and bottle with cherubs chasing, a couple enjoying Wheat Bitters at a table in the countryside or an ailing man being served Wheat Bitters. You really do not see the actual bottle much at all. If you do, snatch it up.

The trade card marketing phrases are pretty cool too…

The Great Blood, Brain and Muscle Food

A Royal Appetizer – Health For The Nation

A True Temperance Tonic is Found, Hurrah!

The Best Blood and Nerve Food Tonic Known

Take it – Thy Aches and Ills Shall Vanish!

WheatBoatDetailThe Carlyn Ring and W. C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles is as follows:

W 81  WHEAT BITTERS

f // WHEAT // sp // BITTERS //
Wheat Bitters Co. Proprietors 19 Park Place New York
9 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 2 1/8 (7 3/4)
Rectangular, SCM, Applied mouth, 3 sp, Amber – Common; Aqua – Very rare
The Connecticut Courant (Hartford) October 1882
Note: Drug Catalogs: 1883 Schieffelin, 1883-4 M & R, 1885 Goodwin

Wheat Bitters Co., 19 Park pl, 1883, 1884 NYC Directory

Wheat Bitters Co., Office in New York. In liquidation 1884. Obsolete American Securities and Corporations, Illustrated with Photographs of Important Repudiated Bonds

Wheat Bitters, New York, 13.6 percent alcohol, Boston Medical and Surgical Journal.

On the back of one trade card:

Wheat Bitters are compounded under the personal supervision of Prof. N. F. Rider, graduate of “The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy” after a formula recommended by leading physicians.

On another card, grand testimonials and statements from:

Eminent German Chemist, Prof. J. V. Liebig.

M. F. Anderson, M.D., of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburg.

Chossat, Boussingault, Smith on Foods, and every physiological writer on alimentation and diet.

E. W. Robertson, M.D., E. B. Davis, M.D.

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Golden amber Wheat Bitters – Meyer Collection

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Labeled Wheat Bitters – Antique Bottles.com

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About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V, President, Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors, is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. Ferdinand is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps.
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