Advertising Notes and Facsimile Currency

Over the years, since I started collecting bottles, I have picked up some nice examples of facsimile currency and advertising notes relating to the bottles that I collect. As a collector of US Postage and Revenue Stamps, there is a nice ‘cross-over” with currency design as the illustrations and product references sometimes mention medicines, bitters and glass works just to name a few. Look at these great examples, mostly from Heritage Auctions. I am keeping a close look at this company as their web site is great and they are currently announcing a new Currency Auction in Philadelphia on 03 August 2012.

Read More: Drakes Plantation Bitters – Encased Postage

New Brooklin, NJ- New Brooklin Glass Works (Ezra Lake) 3¢ Wait 1609. The first of a likely complete denomination set from this issuer, which includes several denominations not listed in the Wait New Jersey reference. – Heritage Auctions

Front and back of a John Roots Bitters advertising note – Meyer Collection

Waterford, NJ- Waterford Glass Works 3¢ Oct. 1, 1875. A lovely example of this rare 3¢ note. – Heritage Auctions

Rochester, NY- Jew Davids Bank 50¢ Ad Note. An ad note promoting E. Taylor’s Hebrew Plaster, guaranteed to cure everything from spinal disease to hand tumers [sic]. This note, from a time when ethnic sensibilities had not yet reached the refined state we now enjoy, is truly a piece of living history. Fine, engraved by W.L. Ormsby of New York City, a well known bank note engraver. – Heritage Auctions

Salisbury, VT- Vermont Glass Factory $1 Jan. 1, 1814, The factory opened in 1813 employing 40 people. However, it closed in 1815. The scrip for this company was redeemable at the Farmers Bank of Troy, New York. – Heritage Auctions

New York City, NY- Plantation Bank – Drakes Plantation Bitters Ad Note circa 1860’s. This is a great ad note on this merchant that issued encased postage stamps in many different denominations for his product. – Heritage Auctions

Salem, NJ- Salem Glass Works 5¢ Aug. 22, 1870 – Heritage Auctions

(New York, NY) – Vorodyne Universal Pain & Ache Cure Ad Note circa 1870s – Heritage Auctions

Bath, NY- Geo. W. Hallock, Banker 10¢ 1862, Redford, NY- Redford Glass Company 25¢, Mr. Hallock’s banking company began on Jan. 1, 1849. The business was destroyed by fire in 1862 and was rebuilt. The 10¢ note features a very attractive and patriotic eagle vignette at center. The lovely Redford note features a vignette of a glassblower. – Heritage Auctions

Buffalo, NY- Loveridge Wahoo Bitters $100 Advertising Note 1863. This is a rare advertising note. Mr. Loveridge proclaims that his Wahoo Bitters may be drank as a beverage or taken as a medicine. – Heritage Auctions

Cleveland, NY- Cleveland Glass Works 10¢ 187__ Harris 2. This is an issuer we seldom see. This remainder has its handling restricted to the corners. There is an unusually detailed vignette of glass blowing activities at left. – Heritage Auctions

New Haven, CT- O.B. Leavenworth 25¢ Ad Note. An ad note for Dr. Barker’s Tar Syrup, which product promised “To cure your Cough Cold, Catarrh, Hoarseness, Loss of Voice, Difficulty of Breathing, or Preventive of Consumption.” Dr. Barker’s address is listed in Williamsburgh, Brooklyn, making this a two state ad note. – Heritage Auctions

Tom Hardy Kentucky Straight Whiskey Advertising Note 10,000 circa 1960s, Old Tom Hardy is the portrait on this advertising note that almost has its lower right-hand corner detached. – Heritage Auctions

Lancaster, PA- Mishler’s Herb Bitters $10 Ad Note, A very scarce ad note for this early patent medicine. This form, which very closely approximates a banknote. – Heritage Auctions

Bridgeton, NJ- (Bridgeton Glass Works) $1 Nov. 1869. A rare note, this $1 remainder is from the Bridgeton Glass Works. The company was established in 1836 and was well known for their historical flasks that are collector’s items today. – Heritage Auctions

Washington, DC- Columbia Bank $3 Oct. 20, 1852, Two Coupon Certificate Issued by Barker, Moore & Mein Medicine Co. An evenly circulated Fine $3 issued by one of the many fraudulent banks during this time period using District of Columbia addresses in an attempt to fool the populace. Part of the United Profit Sharing Coupon plan out of New York and had a cash value of 2/5 cent. – Heritage Auctions

Facsimile T67 $20 1864 for Dr. Morse’s Indian Root Pills circa 1890. On the back of this facsimile note are testimonials for Dr. Morse’s Indian Root Pills. This Very Fine example has edge tears with the longest being approximately three-fourths of an inch. – Heritage Auctions

The Turner Brothers are each depicted on this Civil War era scrip note payable in Buffalo or New York City. The portraits are extraordinarily realistic and were engraved by W.L. Ormsby. The note also bears the New York Bank Note Co. imprint who did the actual printing. – PCS Currency

Pittsburgh, PA- Hostetter Company 2 1/2¢ Revenue Stamp circa 1880. Hostetter Company produced a “stomach bitters” (gin masqueraded as a medicinal cure-all.) This brand was the most successful of the many due to its high alcohol content. This revenue stamp was soaked off a bottle. The portrait is of Dr. Jacob Hostetter who devised the formula. – Heritage Auctions

Pittsburgh, PA- Hostetter & Smith 1¢ circa 1860 – 1874 Hoober 312-135. Hostetter & Smith produced a “stomach bitter” (gin masqueraded as a medicinal cure-all.) This brand was the most successful of the many due to its high alcohol content. These “notes” were cut from the attached label of the bottle. This was a product that was heavily purchased by the Union Army. Portrait is of Dr. Jacob Hostetter who devised the formula, while one George W. Smith put up the capital. – Heritage Auctions

Basto, NJ- Batsto Glass Works 10¢ Waite UNL A crisp, evenly margined remainder from an issuer we have never before had the opportunity to offer. Waite did not list the 10¢ denomination in his book on New Jersey money. – Heritage Auctions

$1 Berkshire Crystal Glass Works, Berkshire, MA, Extremely Fine. A bare-breasted America tramples on the snake of tyranny as seen on this scarce lithographic – Heritage Auctions

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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One Response to Advertising Notes and Facsimile Currency

  1. mikedickman says:

    I’m with Ferd: these contemporaneous “go withs” add a fascinating dimension to the bottles themselves. For example, I’ve got a Drake’s tax revenue stamp which was made to be affixed to the bottle (and which depicts a very realistic line drawing of the cabin-shaped bottle), a Drake’s advertising currency note, a Drake’s trade card (showing the factory where the product was bottled) and a Drake’s advertising encased postage stamp (used as money during the early years of the Civil War). There are similar items for many other bitters and other bottles.

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