Showing up at the Baltimore Antique Bottle Show in March 2011 were two classic bitters that were moving from the Jim Hagenbuch collection to Sandor Fuss, a rather new and advanced collector from Denver, Colorado. Sandor kept the emerald green Old Homestead and Bill Taylor from Oregon picked up the yellow Homie. This green Old Homestead (purchased for $150,000) will go nice with Sandor’s landmark Blue Old Homestead that he purchased a few years back for a record $175,000.00. The Ring & Ham listing is as follows:
O 37 OLD HOMESTEAD WILD CHERRY BITTERS, circa: 1860 – 1875, // s // OLD / HOMESTEAD / WILD CHERRY / BITTERS. // motif of shingles // PATENT // sp // motif shingles //
9 7/8 x 2 7/8 x (5 7/8) 3/16. Square cabin, LTC, Applied mouth, Amber, Common; Yellow, Lime, Puce and Olive yellow, Rare; Cobalt Blue, Extremely rare; Green and Amber with inside screw and glass stopper, Extremely rare. T. B. Slingerland & Co., No 69 Beekman Street, New York
Label: Compounded from wild cherry bark and fruit, Jesuit’s bark, Prairie Red Bloom, Madaril Indian Orientalis and several other choice strengthening, purifying and life-giving medicinal agents, forming the most helpful and pleasant beverage, stimulating tonic, and cleansing bitters for improving the appetite giving tone and vital energy to the blood and system, unsurpassed for medicinal purposes for hotels, voyagers, family use etc.
Note: There are a number of variants of this bottle which include 12 pane and 15 pane windows with door ending above the base and going to bottom of the bottle. The Cobalt blue example, and the Emerald green with inside screw top example are considered among the top bitters bottles. Letterhead dated February 23, 1869, T. B. Slingerland, Rome NY.