Cassin’s Grape Brandy Bitters Joins the Forbes Collection

One of the greatest Bitters bottles in existence, a Cassin’s Grape Brandy Bitters has changed hands and joined the already wonderful collection of Jerry and Helen Forbes of Carmel, California. I have been asking Jerry for pictures of this bottle since the deal closed in February prior, to the Baltimore show, and Jerry kindly obliged yesterday. The deal was brokered by Jeff Wichmann with American Bottle Auctions in Sacramento. WOW.

Jerry and Helen Forbes

This bottle is certainly is familiar with some of us as it resided in Tennessee and Oregon, among other places before finding its new home in Carmel. Serioss congratulations Jerry. I hope to have one soon myself.

Read more on Cassin’s:

Two Sexy Ladies – Cassin’s Grape Brandy Bitters

A Legendary Cassin,s Grape Brandy Bitters

Cassin's Grape Brandy Bitters - Forbes Collection

Cassin's Grape Brandy Bitters - Forbes Collection

Cassin's Grape Brandy Bitters - Forbes 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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4 Responses to Cassin’s Grape Brandy Bitters Joins the Forbes Collection

  1. Mike Dolcini says:

    I know that one well; it is a fabulous example of Western glass “ART”. The Cassin’s is one bottle that has eluded my digging tools, darn it. Pieces are all that’s shown up for me. I’m not entirely sure, but it may be the one that Ken Salazar pulled from a 3′ Oakland privy, along with a green John Van Bergen “Horse”. It went to Doc Ritz, but after that who knows where it went.

  2. Warren Friedrich says:

    This bottle is back home again. The story as I was told was that it was dug in downtown Sonora, CA., and resided in a California collection for awhile before traveling to the State of Washington, then Wisconsin, then Tennessee, then Oregon and now back in California.

  3. Mike Dolcini says:

    Hmmm, never heard of a Cassin’s coming from that particular area, but stranger things have happened. Love how glass travels about the country.

  4. Warren Friedrich says:

    The Cassin’s Grape Brandy Bitters product was advertised daily in The Amador Dispatch newspaper during November 1867 and June 1868.

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