The Two Other Plantation Bitters

BothPlantations

The two other Plantation Bitters + another

05 September 2015

Apple-Touch-IconAJust about all of us are familiar with the Drake’s Plantations Bitters figural log cabin bottle. Besides Hostetter’s Stomach Bitters, you probably see more Drake’s at shows, at auctions and online than any other bitters. Both the Hostetters and Drake’s are great bottles as there are just so many variants and colors. Some of us even specialize in collecting these bottles such as Brian Shultis with the Drakes and Richard Siri and James Campiglia with the Hostetters, to name a few. Turning my neck I count 23 different colored Drake’s on one window bank at the house. Heck, I have even posted about the Drakes at least a dozen times as you can see below!

Read: Log Cabin Series – Drake’s Plantation Bitters

Read: Information on the Drake’s Plantation Bitters Variants

Read: Will the real Drake’s Please Stand Up?

Read: The unembossed Drake’s Style Bottle

Read: Drake’s Plantation Bitters and other Reproductions out in the market

Read: Drake’s Plantation Bitters Label Question

Read: Drakes Plantation Bitters on 1874 Stereoview Mock Medical Scene

Read: A Quite Different Un-embossed Drakes

Read: Determining bottle color standards with Peachridge 6-Log Drakes

Read: The “Blue-Green” Drakes Mystery

Read: I brought a few of my Drakes to the Houston Show

Read: What is an Arabesque Drakes Plantation Bitters?

Read: Drakes Plantation Bitters – Encased Postage

Read: One of the Crudest Drakes You Will Ever See

Read: Froggy adds a Pink Drakes to his line-up!

This post is to remind us of two more EXTREME variants. Both have made appearances this year and are shaking up the bitters world.

The first variant to show up is the P 108 – PLANTATION BITTERS which does not have the “DRAKE’S” embossing. It is also rectangular rather than square. I have handled one example in California last year and seen a second example at the 2015 Baltimore Antique Bottle Show with Jim Hagenbuch. The third example resides in a private collection in Oregon. It is pictured below.

P108_PlantationBitters_BBS

P 108 – Plantation Bitters – Bitters Bottles Supplement

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

P 108  PLANTATION BITTERS
// s // XX / PLANTATION / BITTERS / 1862 // 3 tiers of thatching // PAN’T. / SECURED / 1863 // 3 tiers of thatching //
9 1/2 x 3 x 2 3/8
Rectangular, Amber, LTC, 6 logs over label panels, Extremely rare
Drake patented a rectangular 15 log bottle in 1862.

HecklerPrairieAd

The second Plantation Bitters to show up this year is the PRAIRIE & PLANTATION BITTERS put out C. Frank & Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. This figural cabin is square and it is oh so rare. Like I have NEVER seen an example. One was found in a house earlier in the year as I received an e-mail but before I could respond, it ended up with Norm Heckler and is presently represented in his Premier Auction 128. The bottle is distinguished by a 5 pointed star, the metallic pontil, the alternating log sizes and the C. Frank & Co. embossing.

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

P 132drawing

P 132  PRAIRIE & PLANTATION BITTERS
// s // motif 5 pointed star / PRAIRIE (au) / & / PLANTATION (au) / BITTERS // motif 5 pointed star / f / f // motif – 5 pointed star //
9 3/4 x 3 (6 1/8)
Square cabin, Amber, LTC, Applied mouth, Metallic pontil mark, Extremely rare
Logs alternate wide and narrow 5/8 and 3/8
Lettered sides have 3 logs over label panels
Unlettered sides have 12 logs
prairie_1

“Prairie / & / Plantation / Bitters” – “C. Frank / & Co / Cincinnati / O.” Figural Bitters Bottle, America, 1845-1860. Square tall log cabin form, bright yellow amber, applied sloping collared mouth – large 1 7/8 inch dia. iron pontil scar, ht. 10 1/4 inches. – Heckler Premier Auction 128

prairie_2

“Prairie / & / Plantation / Bitters” – “C. Frank / & Co / Cincinnati / O.” Figural Bitters Bottle, America, 1845-1860. Square tall log cabin form, bright yellow amber, applied sloping collared mouth – large 1 7/8 inch dia. iron pontil scar, ht. 10 1/4 inches. – Heckler Premier Auction 128

Lou Holis just reminder me of another Plantation Bitters, that being the O 14 square OK Pantation Bitters. I haver never seen an example though I have quite a few of the triangular OK Plantations.

Read: OK Plantation Bitters – the “Big Boys”

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

O 14drawing

O 14  OK PLANTATION BITTERS
// s // OK / PLANTATION/ BITTERS
9 7/8 x 3 (5 3/4)
Square, Puce, LTC, Extremely rare
17 logs including the base, 6 logs over the label panels

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.

This entry was posted in Advice, Auction News, Bitters, Digging and Finding, Figural Bottles, News and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply