Tag Archives: california

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

Posted in Bitters, Ephemera, History | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Early Damiana Bitters or is something wrong here?

Early Damiana Bitters or is something wrong here? The New, Wonderful & Only Certain Aphrodisiac 14 October 2016 (R•102516) Gary Beatty snagged this interesting Baja California Damiana Bitters with a label (pictured above) and wonders if it is a variant of … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Bitters, History, Medicines & Cures, Questions, Scams & Frauds | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Lost California Bear found in North Carolina

Lost California Bear found in North Carolina 19 June 2016 Marty Vollmer, the South Carolina show chairman, called me and said a friend found an ad on Craigslist for a bottle with a bear on it. I asked if it … Continue reading

Posted in Collectors & Collections, Digging and Finding, Spirits, Whiskey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

California Sherry Wine Appetizer or Stomach Bitters

California Sherry Wine Appetizer or Stomach Bitters 10 April 2016 (R•041216) (R•041316) It looks like we may have an unlisted, labeled bitters here as I find no reference to the California Sherry Wine Appetizer or Stomach Bitters in the Ring … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Bitters, Medicines & Cures, Questions, Wine & Champagne | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Happy Easter and a New Bitters for you

Happy Easter and a New Bitters for You! 27 March 2016 Always nice to hear from the digging crews, especially Jeff Milhalik as he has a special knack for finding easter eggs and digging up incredible bottles. Some of you … Continue reading

Posted in Bitters, Digging and Finding | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blue Gum Bitters – Stockton, California

Blue Gum Bitters A nice takeaway from the 2015 Downieville Antique Bottle Show 13 September 2015 Frank Ritz pulled me aside at the 2015 Downieville Antique Bottle Show to show me some bitters that he brought for sale. Most were pretty difficult … Continue reading

Posted in Bitters, History, Medicines & Cures | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Some other pictures from our 2015 West Coast Bottle Trip

Some other pictures from our 2015 West Coast Bottle Trip San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Big Sur, Carmel & Monterey 04 April 2015 This is a follow-up post to the “Salutes to the 2015 San Luis Obispo Antique Bottle Show – Morro … Continue reading

Posted in Bitters, Bottle Shows, News, Photography | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mills’ Bitters – A. M. Gilman – Sole Proprietor

Mills’ Bitters – A. M. Gilman – Sole Proprietor 08 January 2015 Jeff Wichmann recently sold an excellent example of a Mill’s Bitters lady’s leg figural over at his newly formed American Bottle Auctions For Sale page. You don’t see or … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Bitters, Figural Bottles, Liquor Merchant, Medicines & Cures | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What was peened out of the Apple Brandy Bitters?

What was peened out of the Apple Brandy Bitters? 23 December 2014 (R•122414) The Apple Brandy Bitters is another extremely rare bitters square that Jeff Wichmann pictured and sold on his new American Bottle Auctions | Bottle Store page. Previously I posted about the Acorn Bitters and … Continue reading

Posted in Bitters, Druggist & Drugstore, History, Liquor Merchant, Medicines & Cures | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Not much known about the Acorn Bitters

Not much known about the Acorn Bitters … or How to Make Acorn Gruel 22 December 2014 I don’t know about you but whenever I think about an acorn, I think about ole Henny Penny. I read and re-read this … Continue reading

Posted in Bitters, History, Questions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment