Barrel Series – Dr. Chandler’s Jamaica Ginger Root Bitters


17 July 2012 (R•110816)

Apple-Touch-IconAThe Chandler’s are definitely a favorite with bitters collectors because of the unique form of the barrel which is a flattened oval opposed to round like most figural barrels. They come in two exciting colors, amber and apple green and are highly ornate as you will see from the pictures below. This pair is difficult to get.


Two DR. CHANDLER’S JAMAICA GINGER ROOT BITTERS photo from the John Feldmann collection

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

DR. CHANDLER’S / JAMAICA GINGER ( au ) / ROOT / BITTER’S // c // // s // CHAS. NICHOLS JR & CO. PROPS. ( au ) / LOWELL MASS. // c //
10 x 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 (5 1/2)
Oval barrel, Amber and green, DC, Applied mouth, Very rare

DR. CHANDLER’S JAMAICA GINGER ROOT BITTERS in apple green – photo Ferdinand Meyer V

DR. CHANDLER’S JAMAICA GINGER ROOT BITTERS in apple green – photo Ferdinand Meyer V

Advertisement for a Dr. Chandler’s Jamaica Ginger Root Bitters, Lowell Daily Courier, Saturday July 2, 1881

DR. CHANDLER’S JAMAICA GINGER ROOT BITTERS in apple green on the shelves of the great figural bitters collection of Bob Ferraro

DR. CHANDLER’S JAMAICA GINGER ROOT BITTERS in apple green from the Carlyn Ring sale

DR. CHANDLER’S JAMAICA GINGER ROOT BITTERS. 1860-80. R/H C 127. Applied top, smooth base. This is another Chandler’s in a light to medium yellowish green. If you have the amber example, you just have to have the green one, right? Seriously, this is another gorgeous piece that is in a color you don’t see often. Not mentioned because frankly you don’t see it much is the embossing above the name, which reads, CHAS. NICHOLS J. & Co. PROPS. This example has just a hint of wear around the middle barrel ring but is overall in super condition. Lots of bubbles and overall appeal, grades About Mint 8. Ex. Frank Kurczewski and Joe Wheeler collections. Possibly only three known in this color. – Sold by American Bottle Auctions for $16,500 without premium.

DR. CHANDLER’S JAMAICA GINGER ROOT BITTERS. Applied top, smooth base. Ring & Ham C 127. circa 1860-80. These Dr. Chandler bottles pretty much have it all. The great barrel shape, neat name and in this case, provenance. The shading goes from a yellow throughout the body to a medium to deep amber into the top. This bottle was originally in the collection of Charles Gardner and then Judge McKenzie. It was purchased by Bryan Grapentine in Heckler Auction 23 in 1995. Mint 9, here’s a bottle that has made it’s way through time quite gracefully. Top specimen. Sold by American Bottle Auctions for $15,500 without premium.


DR. CHANDLER’S JAMAICA GINGER ROOT BITTERS in amber – Bitters Bottles Supplement


DR. CHANDLER’S JAMAICA GINGER ROOT BITTERS in apple green – Bitters Bottles Supplement


“CHAS. NICHOLS JR & CO. PROPS / LOWELL, MASS. / DR. CHANDLER’S / JAMAICA GINGER / ROOT / BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, C-127), Massachusetts, ca. 1875 – 1885, light to medium yellowish lime green barrel, 10”h, smooth base, applied double collar mouth. Pristine perfect condition, great impression and a number of tiny air bubbles. You are bidding on a very rare and desirable bottle. Possibly only five or six known examples with this one possibly being the best! Ex Carlyn Ring Collection. Purchased from Jim Hagenbuch in 1995. Glass Works Auctions – Bob Ferraro Collection – Part 2

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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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