Sharp’s Mountain Herb Bitters

Sharp’s Mountain Herb Bitters

28 March 2013

Apple-Touch-IconAThere 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,

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



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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