Western Green Bitters…Let’s Add Some More!

A collector who wishes to remain anonymous, sent me this gorgeous picture of three Western Bitters. From Left to right… Cassin’s Grape Brandy Bitters, Lacour’s Sarsapariphere Bitters and a Byrne and Castree Salutaris Bitters S.F. Let’s add some more pictures of Western Green Bitters! I’ll post a few of mine when I get a chance. It’s fun to so many shades of green.

Green Bitters

A Cassin’s Grape Brandy Bitters, Lacour’s and a Byrne and Castree Salutaris Bitters S.F.

Von Humboldts & Rosenbaums

Von Humboldts & Rosenbaums Bitters

Bryant's Bitters Trio

Two Darker Green Eastern Bitters (Bryant's Stomach Bitters) Marketed on the West Coast (Strang & Murray most likely a Whiskey)

Dr Walkers Vinegar Bitters

Base Embossed Dr Walkers Vinegar Bitters & Trade Card

California Wine & Henelys IXL

California Wine Bitters & Dr. Henely's IXL Bitters

Dr Henley's Pine Green

Dr Henley's Wild Grape Root IXL Bitters (Oval Variant)

Dr Place's Cundurango Bitters

Dr Place's Cundurango Bitters - Crude & Mint!


Green Lacours

Two Gorgeous Shades of Green Lacour's Sarsapariphere Bitters


Walkers Vinegar Bitters

Extremely Crude J. Walker's Vinegar Bitters found in an 1870's Pit

Cunderango Bitters

Two Simply Stunning Cundurango's

Dr. Wonser's Indian Root Bitters in Green

Powerful embossing on a Dr. Wonser's Indian Root Bitters

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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9 Responses to Western Green Bitters…Let’s Add Some More!

  1. Warren Friedrich says:

    It’s nice to see that trio of western glass finally shine the way it was meant to. WOW!!!

    Those are two of the earliest western square’s known, splendid examples! Now we’re talking!

  2. Froggy says:

    Ditto on Warren’s comments. Would love to have that little green “leg” on my shelf. Cassin’s looks like my “old” one so can guess whose bottles these are!

  3. Notice how the Strang & Murray glass color is similar to the recent Bryant’s Cone fragments dug in Sacramento.

  4. Warren Friedrich says:

    Most of the western contingent see the (cone) Bryant’s bottles in either olive green or forest green. Your Strang Murray & Co bottle looks more like the forest green Bryant’s. It certainly would be interesting to know which eastern glassworks made these bottles.

  5. Froggy says:

    Hey, those rare Western cylinders look like they work great to hold up that glass shelf!

  6. Warren Friedrich says:

    That new display system really brings out the best in those bottles, absolutely breathtaking!!!

  7. Warren Friedrich says:

    Just spectactular examples of a variant 1 Lacour’s bottle on the right and a variant 2 example on the left. The color contrast is awesome!

  8. Mike Dolcini says:

    I would post a couple of green Cundurs but can’t seem to figure out the process.

  9. Mike…if you want, you can send me the images at fmeyer@fmgdesign.com or call me at 713.305.4432 and I will walk you thru the process. I opened up posting rights for you a few days back when you first asked.


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