H. Schoenfelder’s Stomach Bitters – Pittsburgh, PA

I really enjoy meeting people at Bottle Shows and talking about rare finds and the stories that go with them. In this case it was Chip Cable telling me about his extremely rare Schoenfelder’s Bitters from Pittsburgh, PA.

Hi Ferdinand,

It was nice to see you at the show in Baltimore and I just love looking at
the pictures of your collection. Per your request are pictures of the Schoenfelder’s Bitters from my collection. The bottle is 10″ tall. It is actually a little greener then the pictures show.

Best regards, Chip Cable, President, Weld Tooling Corporation

[PRG] Wow. pretty cool. Not familiar with the bottle. What is your story with the bottle…where did you get it etc? Ferdinand

[Chip] A local collector dug it in a privy in a small town between Pittsburgh and where we have our lake house, which is about 2 hours east. He had it for many years and finally got a divorce and got out of bottles completely. There were two pieces in his collection that were unique Pittsburgh bottles that he offered me and this was one of them. Bought it about 10 years ago. Along with an iron pontiled Pittsburgh bottle that is aqua, about 11 inches tall and is embossed. J. Rhodes Pure Lemon Extract Pittsburgh Pa.

Best regards, Chip

[PRG] This reminds me of the similar Monongahela Rye Bitters. Read further: The big and robust Monongahela Rye Bitters

The Carlyn Ring William C. Ham Bitters Bottles write up is as follows:


9 3/4 x 2 5/8 x 4 1/8
Oval with rectangular sunken panel front and rear, Olive green, LTC, Applied mouth, Extremely rare

H. SCHOENFELDER'S STOMACH BITTERS front left - Cable Collection

H. SCHOENFELDER'S STOMACH BITTERS front embossing panel - Cable Collection

H. SCHOENFELDER'S STOMACH BITTERS front right - Cable Collection

H. SCHOENFELDER'S STOMACH BITTERS label panel - Cable Collection

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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2 Responses to H. Schoenfelder’s Stomach Bitters – Pittsburgh, PA

  1. Froggy says:

    A Doozy! Never heard of.

  2. bob-figurals says:

    What an unusual shape and color for a bitters bottle! I am pleased to actually see your photos. A great addition.

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