A ‘Fancy’ Bitters Square for Headaches

A ‘Fancy’ Bitters Square for Headaches

09 November 2011 (R•090714)

Apple-Touch-IconANow here is a great bitters square that I would have probably ordered back in the day. The Dr. F. Woodbridge Headache Bitters is a super, extremely rare bottle. Wait to you see the examples below. The Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles is as follows:

Circa 1865 – 1875,
9 1/4 x 2 7/8 (7 1/8) 3/8
Square, Amber, LTC, Applied mouth, 3 sp, Extremely rare
Note: Glass Works (JH): When we auctioned the Carlyn Ring collection back in the
mid-90’s I remembered cataloging this bottle, admiring its beauty and
crudeness. At the time of the Ring sale we believed this bottle to be unique, we
still do today. We were not surprised when it sold for $4,500.00! Ex. Carlyn
Ring Collection.

This gorgeous bottle, with tons of character is obviously a square, but get a load of the radius on the curved shoulders and compound curve indented panels! Certainly a fancy Bitters square!

H 74 Dr. F. Woodbridge Headache Bitters – Meyer Collection

H 74 Dr. F. Woodbridge Headache Bitters – Meyer Collection


Lot: 53 “Dr. F. Woodbridge / Headache / Bitters” Bottle, America, 1860-1870. Square with beveled corners and indented panels, bright reddish amber in the shoulders and mouth shading to red amber in the base, applied sloping collared mouth – smooth base, ht. 9 inches; (light exterior wear, some washable content residue). R/H #H-74 Beautiful bubbly glass. Outstanding color. Extremely rare. Fine condition. Estimate: $3,000 – $6,000 – Heckler Premier Auction 115

Read: Dr. Goddin’s Compound Gentian Bitters on eBay!

Read: A Couple of Fancy Gents

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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