Unlisted Lancaster Tonic Bitters Found

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Unlisted Lancaster Tonic Bitters – Meyer Collection

Unlisted Lancaster Tonic Bitters Found

09 April 2011 (R•092514)

Apple-Touch-IconAA couple of years ago Greg Bair mentioned that he had come across an unlisted Lancaster Tonic Bitters that had been dug in Boston, Mass. With well over 1,500 Bitters bottles, this is one of my areas of special interest. I was finally able to purchase the bottle at the Keene Bottle Show in October 2010. The bottle was in a pretty rough condition. I had it cleaned by Jennifer Heatley. The bottle has an interesting serifed typography, some obvious scratches but otherwise free of any damage.

The bottle is thought to be from New York. Please help me if you have any information.

23 September 2014. Mystery solved. Read: Dr. Gerrish and his Brazilian Concentrated Stomach Bitter(s)

Bill Ham has provided the following number which will be included in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2:

L 11.5  LANCASTER / TONIC / BITTERS // f // f // f //
9 1/2 x 2 ¾
Square, Amber, LTC, Applied mouth, Extremely rare
Thomas G. Gerrish, Prop., 69 Haverhill St., Boston
Lancaster Tonic Bitters advertisement on a cover of the 1875-76 Lowell, Massachusetts City Directory.
Example dug in Boston, Mass.

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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