Barrel Series – W.C. Bitters


W.C. BITTERS shoulder embossing – Meyer Collection

Here is a figural bitters barrel that takes a back seat to the other heavy hitter barrels such as the Old Sachems, Greeley’s and Roback’s (see bottom of page).

It a later bottle from Reading, Pennsylvania in a form that is unique to me in figural barrels. I actually like this shape but have always had a hard time with the name. Ring & Ham gave it a ‘W’ classification because it is called W.C. BITTERS. The “W.C.” standing for Wild Cherry. I guest they did not want to deal with the two partners names, “BROBST” and “RENTSCHLER” which are uncommon and tough to pronounce.

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

W 57  W.C. BITTERS, Circa 1885 – 1895

// s // W. C. BITTERS // c // BROBST & RENTSCHLER ( au ) / READING, PA // sp //
10 5/8″ x 2 3/4″ (6 5/8)
Barrel, 3-3, Amber, ARM, Applied mouth and Tooled lip, Very scarce

I could only put my hands on two pictures of the bottle. One example resides in my collection while the other example is in the current Glass Works Auction.

Brobst & Rentschler advertisement showing address in Reading, PA.

Amber W.C. BITTERS, Ex: Carl Fisher – Meyer Collection

Lot 278. “W.C. BITTERS (on shoulder) – BROBST & RENTSCHLER / READING, PA.”, (W-57), Pennsylvania, ca. 1885 – 1895, yellowish amber figural barrel, 10 1/2”h, smooth base, tooled mouth. A scarce ‘Wild Cherry Bitters’ bottle! – Glass Works Auctions

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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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