Two Sexy Ladies – Cassin’s Grape Brandy Bitters
23 April 2011
On a trip out west to visit the prominent collector Robert Frank late last year, I was able to see and hold two of my most favorite Bitters bottles which are pictured at the top of the post. The Cassin’s Grape Brandy Bitters are voluptuously formed bottles with sensitive and exaggerated curves just like a paintings by the Columbian figurative artist, Fernando Botero. His paintings and sculptures are united by their proportionally exaggerated shapes.
These bottles are sculptures and goddesses in the Antique Bottle world and should be revered.
According to noted researcher Warren Friedrich, the C78 & 79 Cassin’s variants are in his opinion, the quintessential western bitters bottle. The C79 mold variant is the earlier of the two and would be considered extremely rare in its rating; as there are only 7 existing examples in any condition, four in an amber coloration, two in yellow olive color and one in yellow green (or lime).
The C78 is the mold variant (see below) that is often seen in various bottle books. Approximately 20 some examples exist in collections presently. The most commonly seen examples are in medium to light greens, followed by various amber hues; with black glass (either dark green or dark amber) being extremely rare and aqua color variations being very rare with at least four examples known.