Catawba Wine Bitters on eBay

Catawba Wine Bitters on eBay

02 May 2011 (R•06Oct13) (R•082614) (R•022819)

Apple-Touch-IconAEarly, excellent and fresh was the header description of this Catawba Wine Bitters that closed on eBay on 24 April 2011. Three pics are represented above. Under the moniker pearcouch out of New York, the description was noted as follows:

CATAWBA WINE BITTERS/ early, excellent and fresh… An early (circa 1860) smooth based CATAWBA WINE BITTERS in medium dark green with boldly embossed letters . Full of whittle and swirls with some amberish striations through out, nice “orange peel” texture and lots of character (note the crooked crude neck!). 4 sided square with chamfered corners and double tapered lip. As you know, almost all of the known examples of this awesome gold rush / civil war era Western Bitters have been found out West but this one came out of a basement ash pit in Brooklyn NY just days ago and has not seen the light of day in 150 years. Condition is excellent and has NO chips, cracks, heavy scratches or notable imperfections that I can see. There is a nice little interior  “bird swing” inside as pictured below. I gave it a quick soapy rinse but is otherwise as found. There is a bit of interior ash or content residue and it retains its original cork inside. Please let me know if there is anything I’ve failed to mention or you’d like to see additional pictures.

The closing price was $4,938.88 (strong price for an un-pontiled example) and there were 39 bids. This bottle looks to be a beauty. Some lucky collector is going to be real happy I hope. !! Thanks to Lou Lambert who helped me track this bottle.

Read: Nicholas Longworth – Catawba Wine Bitters, Cincinnati, Ohio


Catawba Wine Bitters advertisement – The Hunter (San Francisco) 1860


Catawba Wine Bitters label – Bitters Bottles

The Carlyn Ring and W. C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles is as follows: C85Drawing

CATAWBA / WINE // motif bunch of grapes // BITTERS // motif bunch of grapes // P.H. Drake & Co. New York, Depot 53, 55 & 57 Park Place, New York 9 3/8 x 2 3/8 (6 3/4) 1/4 Square, LTC & LTCR, Applied mouth, Green with and without Metallic pontil mark- Rare; Amber and Puce and without Metallic pontil mark-Extremely rare.
Note: Sonoma Democrat March 1860 newspaper advertisement. Longworth & Crew Cincinnati, Ohio, Geo T. Grimes Sole Agent for San Francisco.


Catawba Wine Bitters – Meyer Collection

Catawba Wine Bitters – Glass Works Auctions – Auction #128

“CATAWBA / WINE” – (bunch of grapes) – “BITTERS” – (bunch of grapes), (Ring/Ham, C-85), California, ca. 1860 – 1870, yellow with amber tone, 9 1/2”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth. Lightly cleaned to its original luster, but retains some scratches mostly in the shoulder area. Very rare and most sought after color for this bottle! Sidney Genius Collection. – Glass Works Auctions – Auction #128

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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3 Responses to Catawba Wine Bitters on eBay

  1. Warren Friedrich says:

    Many years ago I researched the Catawba Wine Bitters bottles you display above, because there was much talk that these were a product from the western glassworks. In my research I discovered an advertisement that showed these bitters to be a product from Cincinnati, Ohio from a company called Longworth & Grew. They were marketed in 1860 by a California agent in S. F. named George T. Grimes. In October 1860 a shipping manifest from a steamer coming to San Francisco that had sunk out side of S. F. had on board 1200 cases of these bitters.

  2. Froggy says:

    Yes a CRAZY price for a S/B, dug example….BUT, as of late we are often seeing what is “crazy” today is a “wish I would have bought it” tomorrow!

  3. Marianne Dow says:

    I have never forgotten these 2 quotes (although I forget who said them). Both are in regard to buying the best examples of rare items:

    “Don’t be afraid to pay tomorrow’s prices today.”

    “Sometimes the opportunity to buy something is more rare than the item itself.”

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