Some Extremely Rare Mississippi Bitters


DR. LERIEMONDIE’S SOUTHERN BITTERS is a piece of art – Glass Works Auctions 2013

Some Extremely Rare Mississippi Bitters

17 June 2012 (Updated 06 Sep 2013) (R•041319)

Apple-Touch-IconAA while ago, I crossed digital paths with Richard Kramerich and he mentioned some extremely rare Mississippi Bitters that I was not familiar with. This set me off and started the hunt.

Close up of DR. LERIEMONDIE’S / SOUTHERN / BITTERS. I love this old bottle. It is just “as dug”, just out of the ground condition. Most of the “patina” is inside. I expect this would clean up nicely, but I can’t part with it – Charles Aprill


Attached are scans of the bitters pages in the Mississippi book. My contact person who gave permission to copy the pages and send them to you is Johnny Campbell. Johnny photographed the bottles that appeared in the book. You may want to call him and ask about the bitters bottles and their rarity.

Johnny did say that there is a known cobalt blue Dr. LeRiemondie’s Southern Bitters bottle and it resides in a collection in California.

At our Daphne show this past March, I talked to Shank Gonzales, who is a long time digger and collector who lives south of Baton Rouge, about the Dr. LeRiemonde bottles. He recalled seeing both colors on a sales table at a bottle show in New Orleans in or around 1973. They were priced at $50. each! He definitely knew what I was talking about and that he did see them.

Hope this helps, and maybe you can track down the cobalt one.

If I can be of any other help, let me know.


Richard Kramerich
Pensacola, Florida

Well, I have tracked down most of the examples and expect pictures. Richard also connected me with Justin McClure in Jackson, Mississippi. He gathered the material and was the editor of the Mississippi Antique Bottles & Jugs book (cover and Bitters pages pictured below) last published in 2004. He also provided most of the pictures in this post. I am also awaiting more material from Justin. As always, if you have more information regarding these Bitters, please forward so I can add and update this important material.

Cover image – Mississippi Antique Bottles & Jugs (2004)

Mississippi Bitters page – Mississippi Antique Bottles & Jugs (2004)

Mississippi Bitters page 8 – Mississippi Antique Bottles & Jugs (2004)

Mississippi Bitters page 9 – Mississippi Antique Bottles & Jugs (2004)

The Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles is as follows:

L 77  Dr. Leriemondie’s Southern Bitters
9 7/8 x 4 x 2 3/4 (7)
Oval, Green and Cobalt, NSC, Applied mouth, Extremely rare
Moreys’ Mississippi Almanac, 1860
A Brookhaven, Mississippi bottle.

Brookhaven (pronounced locally: broo-KAY-vən) is a small city in Lincoln County, Mississippi. The population was 9,861 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Lincoln County. It was named after the Town of Brookhaven, New York, by founder Samuel Jayne, in 1818.

DR. LERIEMONDIE’S SOUTHERN BITTERS in green – Mississippi Antique Bottles & Jugs (2004)

This Dr. Leriemondie’s is “as dug” in 1973 in New Orleans. Outside washed once. Sapphire blue, round “sand” pontil. – Charles and Jane Aprill Collection

Blue and green DR. LERIEMONDIE’S / SOUTHERN / BITTERS. Both dug in 1973 in New Orleans. – Charles and Jane Aprill Collection

The Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles is as follows:

C 239.5  Dr. Couparles Medicated Gin Bitters
9 x 2 3/4 (6 3/4) 3/8
Square, Amber, LTC, Applied mouth, Extremely rare
Dr. Couparle founded his own town north of Jackson in 1843; however, by the 1870s it had become a ghost town.

DR. COUPARLES MEDICATED GIN BITTERS –  Mississippi Antique Bottles & Jugs (2004)


The new listing by Bill Ham for the forthcoming Bitters Bottles Supplement 2:

B 110.3  Bitter Apple Bitters
L . . . Bitter Apple Bitters Co., Hattiesburg, Miss.
// b // W T CO. / 2 / USA
6 x 1 7/8 (4 1/2) 1/4
Square, Amber, LTC, Tooled lip, Extremely rare
Sample size, Larger bottle exists

The Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles Supplement is as follows:

D 96  L…Dozier’s Bitter Apple Bitters, BAB Co., Hattiesburg, Miss.
9 1/4 x 3
Round, Aqua, LTC, Tooled lip

The Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles is as follows:

B 248.5  Buck’s Aromatic Bitters
8 3/4 x 2 7/8 x 2 1/8
Rectangular, Amber, NSC, Applied mouth, 3 sp, Extremely rare

BUCK’S AROMATIC BITTERS – Mississippi Antique Bottles & Jugs (2004)

The Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles is as follows:

C 44.5  J. Caracopulo Vegetable Bitters
9 1/4 x 3 1/4
Round, Teal, DC, Applied mouth, Metallic pontil mark, Extremely
The Z in NATCHEZ is backwards

J. CARACOPULO VEGETABLE BITTERS – Mississippi Antique Bottles & Jugs (2004)

The Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles is as follows:

8 1/2 x 2 1/4 (7) 3/8
Square, Amber, LTC, Applied mouth, 3 sp, Rare
Trade cards known.

Note: Made in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Fulton M. McRae was a Sheriff in Vicksburg, Mississippi in the 1800’s and 1890’s. Example was dug in Vicksburg, Mississippi and another was dug in Memphis, Tennessee.

Yazoo Valley Bitters – Meyer Collection

United States Patent Office 1883 – McRae, Fulton M., Vicksburg, Miss. “The Austrailian (Eucalyptus Globulus) Anti-Periodic or Fever and Ague Tonic” – April 20, 1883

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 Some Extremely Rare Mississippi Bitters

  1. Froggy says:

    As you know a light COBALT LeRiemondie’s resides in the John Feldmann collection, tho it is severely cracked. Great bottle in green!

  2. Charles Aprill says:

    Nice piece about some rare bottles.
    For the record, The Shanks Gonzales story can be supplemented:
    I was at the N.O. show in early 70’s. A young digger had a dark green and a light blue Dr. Leriemondie’s Southern Bitters. The young man didn’t know what to ask for them. I suggested he ask around at the show and get a lot of opinions. At the end of the weekend I purchased the pair for $500 dollars. I still have both in “as dug” condition. I will post pictures of the blue one on your site. c.a.

  3. sandchip says:

    Sho’ would like to have dat Caracopulo!

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