Two Sexy Ladies – Cassin’s Grape Brandy Bitters

Cassin’s Grape Brandy Bitters – Frank Collection

Two Sexy Ladies – Cassin’s Grape Brandy Bitters

23 April 2011

Botero-Our Lady of Columbia

Apple-Touch-IconAOn 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.

CassinsRun_BBAccording 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.


Cassin’s Grape Brandy Bitters (C 78) – Bitters Bottles Supplement

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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2 Responses to Two Sexy Ladies – Cassin’s Grape Brandy Bitters

  1. dalemlasko says:

    These gorgeous bitters are considered by many to be the top western bottle of any kind. The rich history, and beauty of these “sculptures” places them in the top few bottles of all time in my opinion. I am fortunate to have two examples in my collection…a pretty emerald green, and a black glass. They would be comparitively easy to assemble a “color run” if they survived in any large numbers, but these delicate bottles have a very low survival rate. I personally have dug almost a dozen Cassin’s, but all were smashed, or fell apart in my hands!

  2. Warren Friedrich says:

    After reading Dale’s comment, currently I can think of five collectors who have 2 examples each of the Cassin’s Grape Brandy Bitters. Three of those collectors have both variants.

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