Look at this Color for this Hostetter’s Bitters

Hostetters Puce

Hostetter’s Stomach Bitters in a rather Unique Color

Look at this Color for this Hostetter’s Bitters!

07 July 2011

Jim Bender sent me this picture of a legendary Hostetter’s Stomach Bitters bottle. I had heard about this boy but I had never seen a picture. Kind of like a Yeti sighting huh? Even this picture is mysterious! Anyway, does anyone have any more information or pictures? Bet Richard Siri knows about this bottle.

Mystery of the Day

Hi Ferd,

I sent you this photo a few days ago but it must have gotten lost. I first saw this bottle about 20 years ago at a show here in the Northeast. The color is best called pink with a touch of purple and puce. The photo makes it look more purple than pink. When you said at the meeting if there where a Hostetter’s shoot-out Richard would most likely win I would tell this guy that. Enjoy the photo and I will tell the story about the bottle next time I see you.


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 Look at this Color for this Hostetter’s Bitters

  1. Mount Vernon says:

    Hi Ferd, this photo is from a display at the FOHBC National show held in Syracuse in 2002. It really does exist and like Jim said is less purple and more puce than what it looks like on my computer and is really an amazing bottle. As far as I know, the displayer still owns it. Another case of “just when I thought I’ve seen everything……..”

  2. Froggy says:

    Have seen this Awesome “mind-blower” twice on display @ shows through the years, once as Jim shows, i.e., on a table by itself. It’s part of a Hostetter collection owned by an older gentleman, whose name I do not recall. He had received many offers to buy it, but simply didn’t/doesn’t want to sell it. Can’t imagine why!

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