The ‘Liberace’ of Square Bitters – Steinfeld’s French Cognac Bitters

STEINFELD’S FRENCH COGNAC BITTERS

12 November 2011 (R•052914) (R•060614)

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Apple-Touch-IconAAs part of the Fancy Gent Series we now visit the Steinfeld’s French Cognac Bitters. Without a doubt the fanciest of squares. The ‘Liberace’ of Bitters squares.

“Bevels decorated with a vine alternating leaves and bunch of grapes. Elaborately shaped sunken panels with 10 shingles at shoulder”

S 186  STEINFELD’S FRENCH COGNAC BITTERS Circa 1867, STEINFELD’S / FRENCH COGNAC / BITTERS // sp // FIRST, PRIZE ( au ) / PARIS / EXHIBITION (au ) / motif profile of a man in draped oval with a crown / 1867 // sp //
9 7/8 x 2 3/4 (6 1/2) 1/2
Square, Amber and Gold, LTCR, Applied mouth, 4 sp, Very Rare,
Bevels decorated with a vine alternating leaves and bunch of grapes. Elaborately shaped sunken panels with 10 shingles at shoulder.
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Steinfeld”s French Cognac Bitters Advertisement – 1870

Yellow amber Steinfeld’s French Cognac Bitters – Fuss Collection

Amber Steinfeld’s French Cognac Bitters – Meyer Collection

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“STEINFELD’S / FRENCH COGNAC / BITTERS – FIRST PRIZE / PARIS / EXHIBITION / (profile of mans head and two coat-of-arms) / 1867”, (S186), American, ca. 1867 – 1875, deep amber semi-cabin, 9 7/8”h, smooth base, applied mouth. – Glass Works Auctions January 2013

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Yellow amber Steinfeld’s French Cognac Bitters (see Fuss example above) – Bitters Bottles Supplement photograph

Steinfeld’s French Cognac Bitters Tokens

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“STEINFELD’S / FRENCH COGNAC / BITTERS – FIRST PRIZE / PARIS / EXHIBITION” / (profile of man in a draped oval with crowns) / 1867″, (S-186), American, ca. 1865 – 1875, bright golden yellow with olive tone, 9 3/4″h, smooth base, applied tapered double collar mouth. Lightly cleaned to its original luster. Two chips, located side by side on two opposite panel edges, have been slightly polished out. A very rare bottle in what is probably a one of a kind color. We auctioned this bottle in 1994 at the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors National Convention in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. One of the most elaborate embossed of any bitters bottle! – Glass Works Auction 97

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Steinfeld’s French Cognac Bitters Trademark with advertisement – The Times Picayune (New Orleans) September 1865

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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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1 Response to The ‘Liberace’ of Square Bitters – Steinfeld’s French Cognac Bitters

  1. Post updated with example from Glass Works Auction #97

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