Pineapple Bitters – The Different Variants

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)

Apple-Touch-IconAThe 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.
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

HANDLED Pineapple

3 extremely rare and probably unique handled Pineapples – Mitchell 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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3 Responses to Pineapple Bitters – The Different Variants

  1. tigue710 says:

    I love the over expanded pine apple decanter… I recently dug a broken W & Co in Amber with an open pontil base, I noted in the description above that Ring and Ham describe the W & Co as only having a metallic ponil…

  2. bob-figurals says:

    I am also partial to pineapples for several reasons, their unusual shape is inspiring and their vivid, radient colors make them irresistable. I have five different green ones, three different amber ones and one aqua one. Overall they add variety and color to my figural bitters collection.
    Bob Ferraro

  3. Froggy says:

    Glad you “revived” this post w/ pic of Sandor’s acquisition of Heckler TOPAZ pineapple. KILLER!!
    Gets me back to why I own no pineapples…none but J.F.L Capitol are embossed as “BITTERS”. Some feel most are whiskeys. Has anyone seen a label on a pineapple?

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