20 December 2011 (R•110614)
I thought I would take a moment to explain and picture the primary differences between the rarer mold D 102 Arabesque Drakes Plantation Bitters and other Drakes Plantation Bitters which do not have the rectangle around the word BITTERS. The Arabesque Drakes also has a scroll motif as noted in the picture below. These Arabesque Drakes are typically very weakly embossed bottles and are tough to find.
The Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles is as follows:
D 102 DRAKE’S PLANTATION BITTERS, Circa 1862 – 1870,
// s // motif arabesque / DRAKES / motif arabesque / PLANTATION /
BITTERS enclosed in a rectangle // 3 tiers of thatching // tier of thatching
/ PATENTED / 1862 / tier of thatching // 3 tiers of thatching //
10 x 2 7/8 (6)
Square cabin, LTC, Applied mouth, Amber, Puce and Amethyst-Rare;
17 logs including the base, 6 logs over the label panels
From the great web site of Jeff and Holly Noordsy. These next two (2) pictures and copy description is from a bottle that was sold on their web site. I think the color and embossing of the Arabesque Drakes is spectacular. The bottle story is cool too!
[From Jeff and Holly Noordsy] Over years there has been some question as to the appropriateness of the term “attic mint” but in this instance, the usage cannot be questioned. While working on a job site in central New Hampshire a local friend had the unenviable task of tearing out a plaster and lath 2nd floor ceiling. Perhaps owing to the odious nature of the job good fortune smile on him when out tumbled a half-dozen bottles, including a GVIII-16 sunburst (which he will not part with) and this beautiful arabesque Drakes. Although it is not my preference to do so, I decided to “clean” the bottle in hopes of determining the color (a “before” picture is included) and the purists among you will be happy to hear that I saved both labels (which will be included in the listed price) while at the same time revealing a startlingly beautiful yellow bottle with strong apricot tones. Arabesque Drakes in this color are RARE and although the bottle literally bounced on the floor when it fell from the attic, it survived with nary a scratch.