A couple of great Old Homesteads show up in Baltimore

Extremely Rare

Emerald Green Old Homestead Wild Cherry Bitters - Fuss Collection

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 BITTERScirca: 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.

Yellow Old Homestead Wild Cherry Bitters - Taylor Collection

Cobalt Blue Old Homestead Wild Cherry Bitters - Fuss 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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