Ash Tonic Bitters – John C. Horting, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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Ash Tonic Bitters – John C. Horting, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

15 October 2015

Apple-Touch-IconAThe Ash Tonic Bitters was a surprise in the Conestoga Auction Company event last Saturday when the Nolt Collection of Whiskey Memorabilia was auctioned off in a live and web event. This was all Lancaster, Pennsylvania material so this bottle fit right in as it was from John C. Horting, a well-known local liquor merchant.

Read: Jeremiah Rohrer – Nolt Collection of Whiskey Memorabilia

Read: Dr. Stoever’s Bitters – Lancaster & Philadelphia

Read: Mishler’s Herb Bitters and The Mishler Family

This puppy went for $5,000 plus an auction house premium of 21%. Hoochie Mama. What is interesting here is that the bottle is not embossed bitters and is labeled rather nicely on the front and back. It also appears to be an unlisted bitters that will need to be picked up in the forthcoming Bitters Bottles Supplement 2.

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Reverse side of labeled Ash Tonic Bitters in an apple green, with swirled fluting on neck and shoulder. John C. Horting, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Nolt Collection. – Conestoga Auctions

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Labeled Ash Tonic Bitters in an apple green, with swirled fluting on neck and shoulder. John C. Horting, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Nolt Collection. – Conestoga Auctions

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From label detail of an Ash Tonic Bitters. John C. Horting, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Nolt Collection. – Conestoga Auctions

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Reverse label detail of an Ash Tonic Bitters. John C. Horting, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Nolt Collection. – Conestoga Auctions

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Base detail of an Ash Tonic Bitters. John C. Horting, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Nolt Collection. – Conestoga Auctions

Most bitters collectors will immediately recognize that the bottle shape and color is the same as the Dr. Lowe’s Celebrated Stomach Bitters & Nerve Tonic (see below) from Cleveland, Ohio. It is also the same bottle as the extremely rare, Uncle Sams Bitters (also see further below). Obviously John C. Horting and probably many other liquor and bitters merchants, used the unembossed bottle to carry their brands and labels.

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Dr. Loew’s Celebrated Stomach Bitters & Nerve Tonic, The Loew’s & Sons Co., Cleveland, O. – Meyer Collection

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Uncle Sam’s Wild Cherry Bitters – Meyer Collection

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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