Globe Bitters – Byrne Bros & Co New York


Globe Bitters – Byrne Bros & Co New York

24 March 2012

Apple-Touch-IconAThe next bottle in the ‘transitional’ Figural Cannon Barrel Series is the Globe Bitters and is grouped and displayed in my collection with my other ‘Barrel’ forms such as the Warsaw Bitters, Brown’s Castlian, Castilian Bitters and Sol Frank’s Panacea Bitters.

Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham in Bitters Bottles say ‘Bell’ as far as the bottle form (see R/H listing below). When I purchased the bottle from a previous Heckler auction the description read ‘Modified lighthouse form’. As I have said in previous posts, I group this type of figural bottle and think of it as a ‘transitional cannon barrel’ though I can not support this with documentary advertising, a patent drawing or label.

I really like this bottle because of the typography and how it is applied to the bottle form. Notice the circular typography on the canted shoulder between the cylinder and the formed neck. The applied lip is also spectacular. I have provided a few pictures below of my run of these bottle forms and my example of the Globe Bitters.

(L-R) WARSAW BITTERS, BROWN’S CASTILIAN, SOL FRANK’S PANACEA BITTERS, CASTILIAN BITTERS and a GLOBE BITTERS – Meyer Collection

The Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles is as follows:

G 47  GLOBE BITTERS, Circa 1860 – 1884
GLOBE BITTERS / MANUFACTURED ONLY BY / BYRNE BROS & CO / NEW YORK // c // // s // GLOBE / BITTERS // BYRNE BROS & CO NEW YORK //
11 x 3 1/2 (5 1/2)
Bell, Amber, Applied mouth, Very rare,
Note: 1874-1884: Bryne Bros. & Co. 122 Liberty and 125 Cedar Sts Trade Mark No. 2544

[Heckler bottle description] Also in this shape – Browns Castilian and Castilian Bitters, Modified lighthouse form, applied square collared mouth – smooth base, height 11-1/8 inches (some minor mouth roughness). Good looking bottle with lots of form and character.

GLOBE BITTERS – Meyer Collection

GLOBE BITTERS – Meyer Collection

GLOBE BITTERS – Meyer Collection

Read Further: Sol Frank’s Panacea Bitters – Great Form

Read Further: Thad Waterman “Warsaw” Stomach Bitters – Figural Cannon Barrel, Lighthouse or House Roof?

Read Further: Brown’s Castilian Bitters – Transitional Cannon Barrel Figural

Read Further: Castilian Bitters – Brown & Embree Proprietors – New York

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 Globe Bitters – Byrne Bros & Co New York

  1. mikedickman says:

    The wonderful photograph of Ferd’s five figural bitters bottles lined up together (whether called transititional cannons or modified lighthouses) belies one aspect of conventional wisdom: that the purveyors of bitters wanted unique shapes for their bottles, so that the largely illiterate consumers of the day would readily be able to distinguish the brand by its one-of-a-kind shape. These bottles, which contained diferent products from different companies, are so similar in form!

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