John Roots Bitters – Gorgeous Green Colors
Buffalo, New York
04 April 2011 (R•Jan13) (R•120513) (R•103014) (R•032715)
The recent Glass Discoveries Auction #64 in March had a wonderful example of a John Roots Bitters in a strong bright olive green color. There were also original labels. I inspected this bottle at the FOHBC Wilmington, Ohio National Show in 2010 when Ray Klingensmith gave me a early preview. There was also another very similar example at the show that had just been dug that had been brought to my attention. Unfortunately I did not get this bottle to add to my color run (left three bottles). I’m in the hunt though. The Glass Discoveries lot is listed below:
Lot #115 RH R-90.4 1834 JOHN ROOT’S BITTERS 1834 BUFFALO, N.Y. Bright olive green. 10-1/8” Semi cabin form. Smooth base. Circa 1866-1875. Original labels, front and back. An extremely rare and attractive color variant that is unlisted in Ring-Ham. All the more desirable with the original labels! Bottle in excellent condition. The paper thin cover glass on a base corner bubble is partially incomplete. Labels have some wear and loss, but mostly intact. Rare!!! Bob Watson collection. Opening Bid: $5,000. Winning Price: $ 12,320.00 (including 12.0% buyer’s premium)
John and Francis Root
Francis Root, manufacturer of John Root’s Bitters. No. 308 Seneca Street.
The establishment where these bitters are manufactured was founded as far back as 1834 by the man whose name they bear, at No. 292 Seneca Street, and since that time the reputation of this infallible remedy has steadily increased. In 1874, Mr. Francis Roots, on the death of the founder of the business, succeeded to the latter, and by his ability and experienced energy has proved himself worthy of the house he was at that time called on to manage. In 1890, the growing demand for its products necessitated the removal of this establishment to the larger and more commodious premises it now occupies at No. 308 Seneca Street. Unlike many other preparations generally classed under the name of bitters, these are a purely medical compound prepared soley from vegetable sources, and contain nothing that is not salubrious, cleansing and restorative. They cure fever and ague, dyspepsia, jaundice, liver and kidney…. typhoid fever, and is highly recommended for the absolute purity and tonic effects. The sale of these goods is very large, extending all over the United Stales. The manufacturing department is under the immediate supervision of the proprietor, whose long experience and ability are sure guarantees of the excellence of its products. Although the house is constantly in receipt of thousands of certificates to the value of these bitters as a never-failing remedy, yet it has always followed the policy of the bitters speaking for themselves, and the immense sales may testify to the great confidence the public has in them. Mr. Root, like his predecessor is a Canadian by birth but has been a life-long resident of Buffalo where he is held in high esteem for his honorable and upright dealings, and his many personal qualities. All orders entrusted to him receive prompt and careful attention and no industrial house in the state enjoys a greater popularity with the trade generally.
Reference: Illustrated Buffalo – Queen City of the Lakes, 1890
Depicted below is a nice John Roots Bitters Advertising Note I picked up on eBay.