Author Archives: Ferdinand Meyer V

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.

Ralph Finch Collection of Target Balls, Traps and Shooting Ephemera

 Ralph Finch Collection of Target Balls, Traps and Shooting Ephemera, Part I 09 December 2017 I’ve written about target balls and Ralph Finch before as I visited the collection back in November 2013. The collection is now being represented and … Continue reading

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Herkules Bitters – Now in Three Sizes

Herkules Bitters – Now in Three Sizes 26 October 2017 (R•102717) As most of us know, Hercules is a Roman hero and god. He was the equivalent of the Greek divine hero Heracles, who was the son of Zeus (Roman … Continue reading

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No Fizz? Less Bizz!

by Ken Previtali 24 October 2017 In reading the Saving the Fizz post, a number of things came to mind. Keeping CO2 bubbles sealed in a bottle until they were set free to tickle the senses was indeed a challenge … Continue reading

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Panama Bitters – Meeting of the Atlantic & Pacific

Panama Bitters – Meeting of the Atlantic & Pacific 14 October 2017 Recently I watched a neat documentary on the Panama Canal on Netflix (Panama Canal: Prized Possession). A few days later I found a bitters advertisement for Panama Bitters … Continue reading

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Dr. Jaffe’s Celebrated Cinchona Bitters Trademark Letter

Dr. Jaffe’s Celebrated Cinchona Bitters Trademark Letter 12 October 2017 I came across this 1880 Dr. Jaffe’s Celebrated Cinchona Bitters advertisement above while searching for support material for another post. The brand was advertised, using pretty much the same small … Continue reading

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Dr. Van Dyke’s Holland Bitters and the Headless Man

Dr. Van Dyke’s Holland Bitters and the Headless Man 10 October 2017 My friend Gary Beatty forwarded the above picture and email below of possibly an unlisted variant of a Dr. Van Dyke’s Holland Bitters bottle from St. Louis, Missouri. I … Continue reading

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Daily Dose | October • December 2 0 1 7

October • December  |  2 0 1 7 13 December 2017 | Wednesday Doing Bitters Gallery work today for the Virtual Museum. Here is a super yellow Hibernia Bitters San Francisco from the Richard Siri collection. 36 degree 3-D Imaging and photography by Alan … Continue reading

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A Haven’s Tonic Bitters I recently picked up from an Arkansas collector

A Haven’s Tonic Bitters I recently picked up from an Arkansas collector 07 October 2017 Here is an email and bottle images below from fellow bitters collector and friend Gary Beatty down central Florida way. I’m a bit suspicious that … Continue reading

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The donated bottle display that I spoke of at the national show

The donated bottle display that I spoke of at the national show 17 August 2017 Hi Ferdinand: These photo’s are of the permanent display that I assembled for the East Hartford Public Library with the help of many collectors on … Continue reading

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Dr. Maton’s Celebrated Stomach Bitters

Dr. Maton’s Celebrated Stomach Bitters Reinfried & Lesher – Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17 July 2017 I decided to pull the trigger on the damaged Dr. Maton’s Celebrated Stomach Bitters on eBay as it is just so darn rare and I have … Continue reading

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