Is there a Blue Embossed Bitters Barrel?

Is there a Blue Embossed Bitters Barrel?

22 July 2011

Apple-Touch-IconAI received the below noted email from Carl Hotkowski which really got me dreaming of a blue Old Sachems……..

Hello Ferdinand, Just a quick question if you have the time. Are there any known embossed blue barrel bitters? Thanks,

Carl Hotkowski

[PRG] Carl: I am unaware of a blue barrel with ‘Bitters’ embossed on the bottle. I only wish! It does bring to mind the un-embossed Bitters type Figural Barrel Bottle which is American, circa. 1860-1880. It is Barrel form with ten rings above and ten rings below a wide center band, applied square collared mouth. Smooth base. Most figural collectors seem to have one. I know Jerry Forbes picked one up in the first minute of the FOHBC Memphis National this year in June (read Jerry Forbes Does it Again).

Bob Ferraro also owns the legendary W. Wolf, Pittsburgh. I believe this is a whiskey. One of a kind.

Both bottles are different shades of blue and are pictured below.

Unembossed Blue Barrel – Meyer Collection

W. Wolf, Pittsburgh – Ferraro Collection

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 Is there a Blue Embossed Bitters Barrel?

  1. scottlawson says:

    What about the Y. Ferguson Bitters? It is an aqua barrel.

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