Cannon’s and McKeever’s Bitters – The Royal American Couple

Cannon’s and McKeever’s Bitters – Meyer Collection

Cannon’s and McKeever’s Bitters – The Royal American Couple

27 April 2011 (Rª051814)

Apple-Touch-IconAWith the Royal Wedding in the news, I am reminded of one of my royal couples, the handsome Cannon’s Dyspeptic Bitters and the beautiful McKeever’s Army Bitters. Cannons, Drums, Cannon Balls, and Swords adorn these magnificent early American Bitters paying homage to the Civil War. The Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles is as follows:

C 33  CANNON’S DYSPEPTIC BITTERS, Circa 1853 – 1880, 
Cannon’s Non-Alcoholic Bitters, The Great Dyspepsia Remedy, W. M. Cannon & Co., 925 LA. Ave. N.W. Washington D.C.
Prepared only by the W. M. Cannon, Proprietary Medicine Company, No. 925 Louisiana Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C., 
10 x 2 7/8 (6 1/4) 1/2, 
Square with embossed cannons, Amber, LTC, Applied mouth, Extremely rare, 
The Charleston Mercury: The best bitters for Southern climates. The ad mentions Cannon’s Compound Vegetable or Blood Purifying Bitters. Newspaper advertisement 1853: Purifies the blood and nearly resembles saliva in decomposing food. Identity questionable. It may well be the cannon bottle, label example of which remains undiscovered.

Cannons Dyspeptic Bitters – Meyer Collection


Cannons Dyspeptic Bitters – Bitters Bottles Supplement

M 58  McKEEVER’S ARMY BITTERS, Circa 1865 – 1875
// u // McKEEVER’S ARMY //  BITTERS //
10 1/2 x 3 3/8 (4)
Round drum, Amber, LTC, Applied mouth, Scarce

McKeever’s Army Bitters – Meyer Collection

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V 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. He 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. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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