Sharp’s Mountain Herb Bitters
28 March 2013
There have been two (2) previous Peachridge Glass ‘Mountain’ post responses based on a question Matthew Tigue Levant asked over on facebooks Antique Bottles for Sale page, posting that he is “looking for any med, bitters, cure bottles with the word “Mountain” embossed in the glass”.
“looking for any med, bitters, cure bottles with the word “Mountain” embossed in the glass”
My first response and post, based on his question, was the extremely rare DR. BLACK’S ROCKY MOUNTAIN BITTERS – XR Square. The second post was on a far different looking bottle called ULMER’S MOUNTAIN ASH BITTERS REMEDY.
This prompted a comment on the Dr. Black’s, “Beautiful example, it’s shame there is not a city and or state embossed on the bottle… is it from the Rocky’s or was it an eastern quack trying to capitalize on Western fever? And where can I hope to dig one?! I could swear I have seen a smaller size “Rocky Mountain Bitters”, (with that embossed in one line), with sunken panels. Possibly I’m confusing it with something else, the Sharp’s maybe? Thanks for posting Ferdinand” from Mathew Levant.
“Possibly I’m confusing it with something else, the Sharps maybe?”
I do have an examples of a Sharp’s Mountain Herb Bitters that I won in a Glass Works Auction in 2003. It is probably the bottle that Mathew is referencing. Look at the upside down apostrophe in Sharp’s. That is pretty cool.
The bottle is rated Rare but it could be more than that, maybe Very Rare as I have not seen too many examples since 2003.
As with many older Bitters examples, I can not tell you much more than what is listed in Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham’s Bitters Bottle book which is as follows. We will have to wait until some advertising and/or a labeled example surfaces.
S 95 SHARP’S MOUNTAIN HERB BITTERS, Circa 1870 – 1880,
SHARP’S // MOUNTAIN HERB // BITTERS // f //
9 5/8 x 2 5/8 (6 1/2) 1/4
Square, Amber, LTC, Applied mouth, 3 sp, Rare
Apostrophe upside down in Sharp’s