Steinfeld’s French Cognac Bitters

One of my favorite ‘square’ bitters – don’t stop reading now! – is the incredibly ornate Steinfeld’s French Cognac Bitters. With champhered, shingled shoulders this bottle is also adorned with arched typography, a motif of a head, a crest, a shield and grape vines. It is simply a great bottle with immaculate detail.

I am fortunate to have a great example (pictured below) but alas, Sandor Fuss trumped me recently with his acquisition of an even nicer example. His bottle is Ex: everything…ex: Osgood collection, ex: Charles Gardner collection, ex: Don Keating collection, ex: Carlyn Ring collection. Wow what provenance!

S 186  STEINFELD’S FRENCH COGNAC BITTERS Circa 1867, STEINFELD’S / FRENCH COGNAC / BITTERS // sp // FIRST, PRIZE ( au ) / PARIS / EXHIBITION (au ) / motif profile of a man in draped oval with a crown / 1867 // sp // 9 7/8 x 2 3/4 (6 1/2) 1/2, Square, Amber and Gold, LTCR, Applied mouth, 4 sp, Very Rare, Bevels decorated with a vine alternating leaves and bunch of grapes. Elaborately shaped sunken panels with 10 shingles at shoulder.

See: Steinfelds French Cognac BittersBy HISTORICGLASS | Published: JUNE 28, 2010

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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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