Roped Squares – National Tonic Bitters
13 November 2011
Personally I do not consider these roped corner Bitters as utilitarian squares but more of a transitional bottle somewhere between a square and a figural. Of course it is a square but looking at the fancy decorations such as the ropes and rivets, I am reminded of a strong, fancy bottle emblematic of the growth of our country and the power of marketing a tonic in a manly shape and form. Look closely and you feel like the bottle is patterned after a classic early american bank safe.
The first bottle we will look at is the National Tonic Bitters. A proud bottle and a great looking pair in amber and aqua.
N 13 NATIONAL TONIC BITTERS
NATIONAL // f // TONIC BITTERS // f //
9 1/2 x 3 (7 1/4)
Square, LTC, Applied mouth, Roped corners, Amber – Extremely rare; Aqua – Scarce
Variant 11 dots one panel, 10 dots on remaining 3 panels
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