Two New Lacour’s Bitters added to the Meyer Collection

Lacour's Sarsapariphere Bitters - Meyer Collection

My Lacour’s Color Run has Wings!

Two (2) incredibly gorgeous Lacour’s Sarsapariphere Bitters joined my lone oldest amber variant Lacour’s. Both specimens came from the Robert Frank collection from Lompoc, California. The Variant 2 Yellow Green killer is heavy and just breathtaking. This came about from a visit to his house with Bob Ferraro and Pam & Randy Selanek this past September.

In December, prior to the Auburn Bottle show, I met up with Robert at Jeff Wichmann’s American Bottle Auctions shop in Sacramento and he surprised me with the Variant 1 Mint Green example. Just had to have it. Killer color.

L 3  LACOUR’S BITTERS // c // SARSAPARIPHERE // c //
9 x 3 1/2 (6 1/2), Round, Lettering in sunken side panels, NSC, Applied mouth, Amber and Greens – Rare; Aqua – Extremely rare, 3 ring pedestal. There are three distinct mold variants The design was based on a lighthouse.

The Daily Dramatic Chronicle: (San Francisco) April 22, 1868: Winner of Bitters Sarsapariphere award at California State Fair to L. Lacour of San Francisco. Design Patent No. 2,915 dated February 4, 1868.

For more Lacour’s Bitters information visit Western Bitters News.

For a very informative article written by Eric McGuire and Warren Friedrich on Louis Lacour please download PDF from the FOHBC Bottles and Extras, May – June 2010 issue.

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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1 Response to Two New Lacour’s Bitters added to the Meyer Collection

  1. Warren Friedrich says:

    Ferdinand,
    Absolutely stunning group of the 3 different variants. Please keep me in mind should you get tired of the middle example, that bluish green specimen would go perfectly with my grass green variant 1!

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