The Great Aqua Trio – Russian Imperial Tonic Bitters, National Tonic Bitters & Dunbar & Co. Worm Wood Cordial

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National Tonic Bitters (left), Dunbar & Co. Worm Wood Cordial (center) & Russian Imperial Tonic Bitters (right) – Kyle Collection

The Great Aqua Trio – Russian Imperial Tonic Bitters, National Tonic Bitters & Dunbar & Co. Worm Wood Cordial

06 October 2014

Apple-Touch-IconAI think you all know how much I like aqua bottles. Though not a color, they certainly can add depth to a collection. I even dedicate one room to aqua bitters. When the sun hits them at a certain time, they project a rainbow on my walls and bed spread. Now that’s color! Check out these super pictures that just came in from California collector, Dave Kyle and his son Brad. Great job guys!

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Dunbar & Co. Worm Wood Cordial – photo Michael George

Ferd: I just picked up from Mike George the “Dunbar & Co. Worm Wood Cordial/Boston” whiskey bottle which makes a great trio comprised of the “Russian Imperial Tonic Bitters“, “National Tonic Bitters” and lastly this “Dunbar & Co.” all, as you well know, an exact replica in everything except the embossing and the fact that the “Dunbar” being a cordial would have to be classed as, I would imagine, a whiskey. I contacted Mike as soon as I saw this bottle on “Facebook” and he nicely gave me first crack at buying it. Mike said there are other T.J. Dunbar & Co. bottles that have similar embossings, BUT not roped and not aquas.

The pics I sent were shot by my younger son Brad and capturing the aqua colors was quite challenging but here they are. The shot with the four bottles I decided to include the “Dr. Wheeler’s Sherry Wine Tonic Bitters” as it seems to be close in configuration and it is a Boston bottle. The only other one of these that I know about, which is the exact same as this “Dunbar”, would be from the great collection that auctioned in 1975 by Norm Heckler consigned by Charles Gardner. Any more info you can come up with Ferd about this bottle would be greatly appreciated. I also should add that seeing these bottles in person is quite different from viewing the pics, the blueish aquas are gorgeous!! Anyway Ferd whatever you want with all this is fine with me—Hope to see you soon and keep up the super work—— take care, Dave Kyle

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Dunbar & Co. Worm Wood Cordial – Kyle Collection

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Dunbar & Co. Worm Wood Cordial – Kyle Collection

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Dunbar & Co. Worm Wood Cordial – Kyle Collection

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Dunbar & Co. Worm Wood Cordial – Kyle Collection

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Dr. Wheeler’s Sherry Wine Bitters (left) National Tonic Bitters (2nd from left), Dunbar & Co. Worm Wood Cordial (third from left) & Russian Imperial Tonic Bitters (right) – Kyle Collection

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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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