Pineapple Bitters Color Run – Meyer Collection
Pineapple Bitters – The Different Variants
04 April 2012 (Amended: 08 April 2012 with two W & Co NY pineapple pictures from Bruce Silva) (Amended: 08 April 2012 with two J. C & Co pineapple pictures) (R•052814-BBS example) (R•031416-Fuss Example Update) (R•110916)
The Pineapple form remains one of the favorite figural shapes in a field dominated by queens, corns, pigs, fish and cabins. You will always get plenty of satisfaction and compliments when you find a good pineapple because they are highly detailed, faceted and catch the light and reflections in the way you would expect a diamond or exotic gem.
Unfortunately, not much is known about these bottles with the exception of what is printed in Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham Bitters Bottles. On line research reveals very few quality images and little to no information on the makers, labels or variants.
It must also be noted that these are ‘labeled Bitters’ without the word ‘Bitters’ embossed on the bottle. This causes some collectors to bypass this bottle which is fine with me. I consider it a Bitters, a figural Bitters and a drop dead, gorgeous form.
Label: The Best Tonic, Brown’s Iron Bitters
To assist in information gathering I have posted the Ring & Ham information along with some of my collection pictures. There are also two (2) pontil images I found online and a photograph of the spectacular handled Pineapples owned by Jim and Lynn Mitchell in Tampa (read further: Handled Pineapples Enjoyed in Sunny Florida)
P 100 PINEAPPLE BITTERS, Circa 1845 – 1855
L…The Best Tonic, Brown’s Iron Bitters
8 7/8 x 4
Round pineapple, Amber, Topaz, Aqua, Blue green, Yellow olive, Olive green and Green, DCM, Applied mouth, Diamond-shaped label panel interrupts diamond diaper.
Two other known molds for pineapple bottles had a smaller label panel bounded by
two instead of the three-diamond design. One, with metallic pontil, was inscribed
W & Co NY and the other JC & CO, has a rough pontil. One specimen said to have a frosted label area.
Note: Also known is a paneled bottle embossed I. & L. M. Helman. There is some question as to the age of the label which does not match the shape nor size of the label panel.
P 101 PINEAPPLE BITTERS
// b // PATD OCTOBER 1ST 1870 BY A. L. LACRAIX
8 7/8 x 4
Round pineapple, Aqua, DC, Applied mouth, Very rare.
Unembossed Pineapple in a tobacco yellow – Meyer Collection
Unembossed Pineapple in an old amber – Meyer Collection
W & Co NY Embossed Pineapple
W & Co NY Pineapple Bitters in a beautiful medium green – Bitters Bottles Supplement
W & Co NY Pineapple Bitters in a deep golden amber – Meyer Collection
W & Co NY Pineapple Bitters in a brilliant olive green – Meyer Collection
W & Co NY Pineapple Bitters in a deep blueish green – Meyer Collection
Detail of W&Co NY Pineapple Bitters in a deep blueish green – Meyer Collection
Believed to be unique, topaz W & Co NY Pineapple Bitters – Fuss Collection
Incredible blue/green W. & Co. N.Y. figural pineapple – photo Mark Warne
Dark Amber Pineapple Bitters Bottle with embossed letters on a diamond panel “W & CO., N.Y.”. Applied blob top and open pontil
Pontil scarred base of a Pineapple Bitters – Sha.0rg
W & Co NY Pineapple Bitters in yellow – Silva Collection
Pontil scar on a W & Co NY Pineapple Bitters in yellow – Silva Collection
Pineapple “W & CO / N.Y.” Pineapple Biters, (Ring/Ham P-100), American, ca. 1860 – 1870, medium grass green pineapple, 8 5/8”h, pontil scarred base, applied double collar mouth. Perfect condition. Very rare and unusual shade of pure green color. Ex. Elmer Smith Collection. Purchased in 2001 from Glass Works Auctions, #60. – Glass Works Auctions – Bob Ferraro Collection – Part 2
J.C & Co Embossed Pineapple
Amber J. C & Co Pineapple – photo Anonymous
Pontil on an amber J. C & Co Pineapple – photo Anonymous
A. L. LACRAIX Embossed Pineapple
A. L. LACRAIX Pineapple Bitters in aqua – Meyer Collection
3 extremely rare and probably unique handled Pineapples – Mitchell Collection