The two embossed TEXAS Bitters

David Cole – Houston 2012 Antique Bottle Show

Ferdinand, was good to meet you at the Houston show. Brad (Seigler) called me as he was traveling home and told me about his visit to your home. You and your collection had quite an impact on Brad. Looking forward to when you can come here and see my Texas collection. Will attach the pictures of the three embossed sides of the San Antonio bitters in this e-mail, and will send a separate e-mail of the Navasota bitters. This is the only Texas bitters that I have that are embossed with the word “bitters”.  I have a couple that were most likely bitters with paper labels. David (Cole) 

The two embossed TEXAS Bitters

17 July 2012

Apple-Touch-IconASeeing pictures of these two (2) legendary Texas embossed bitters and meeting David Cole, who may have the most complete and extensive collection of Texas embossed blobs, hutches, crown tops and related go-withs, was great this past weekend at the Houston Antique Bottle Show (Read more: 2012 Houston Antique Bottle Show – Rain or Shine!) I have challenged Jim Schmidt (Read: Houston Bottle Show 2012!) to use his talent in finding more information such as advertising, letterheads and other ephemera.

Also, please pay attention to the spelling ‘disaster’ on the SIMMONS AMERICAN bottle pictured below. I count four mistakes! “POULWARE” should be “BOULWARE”, “HAVASOTA” should be “NAVASOTA”, “MANUFACTURIED” should be “MANUFACTURED” and “HEPATTIC” should be “HEPATIC”! At least “AMERICAN” is spelled right. This could be a record for errors on a bottle and I am not even counting misplaced dots.

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

S 106.5  SIMMONS AMERICAN HEPATTIC BITTERS
SIMMONS. AMERICAN / HEPATTIC BITTERS // HAVASOTA, TEXAS. // f / MANUFACTURIED / BY. W. P. POULWARE & CO //
8 1/2 x 2 1/2 (5 3/8) 3/8
Square, Amber, LTC, Applied mouth, Extremely rare
“POULWARE” may be “BOULWARE” misspelled
“HAVASOTA” may be “NAVASOTA” misspelled
Example was dug in Lynchburg, Texas, a town that settled so much it is under water.

[Wikipedia]  Lynchburg is an unincorporated area in east central Harris County, Texas, United States. The community is also known as Lynch’s Ferry. In 1822, Nathaniel Lynch built a ferry to cross the San Jacinto River just below where Buffalo Bayou flows into it. The ferry connected what would become the community of Lynchburg, on the east side of the crossing with the road to Harrisburg. At the western landing is the location of the San Jacinto Battlefield where Texan forces under Sam Houston defeated Antonio López de Santa Anna’s Mexican forces in 1836.

SIMMONS AMERICAN HEPATTIC BITTERS – Cole Collection

SIMMONS AMERICAN HEPATTIC BITTERS – Cole Collection

SIMMONS AMERICAN HEPATTIC BITTERS – Cole Collection

1873 Logan’s Railway Business Directory – image Jim Schmidt

1873 Logan’s Railway Business Directory Advertisement for SIMMON’S AMERICAN HEPATIC BITTERS – image Jim Schmidt

T 13.5   TEXAS BLOOD PURIFIER AND TONIC BITTERS
TEXAS / BLOOD PURIFIER // AND // TONIC BITTERS // R. L. SMITH / PROPRIETOR / SAN ANTONIO / TEXAS. // f //
9 7/8 x 2 3/4 (7 5/8) 3/8
Square, Amber, LTC, Extremely rare
T 14  TEXAS BLOOD PURIFIER AND TONIC BITTERS
TEXAS / BLOOD PURIFIER // AND // TONIC BITTERS // area with lettering removed showing plate mark with two round marks / SAN ANTONIO / TEXAS // f //
10 x 2 3/4 (7 1/2) 3/8
Square, Amber, LTC, Extremely rare
The A in Texas in the panel with San Antonio lacks cross bar.
This bottle was found under an old house being razed in downtown San Antonio.
T 14.5  TEXAS BLOOD PURIFIER AND TONIC BITTERS
TEXAS / BLOOD PURIFIER // AND // TONIC BITTERS // area with lettering removed showing plate mark with two round marks // R. L.  Smith /
10 1/2 x 2 3/4 (7 1/2) 3/8
Square, Amber, LTC, Extremely rare

TEXAS BLOOD PURIFIER AND TONIC BITTERS (T 13.5) – Cole Collection

TEXAS BLOOD PURIFIER AND TONIC BITTERS (T 13.5) – Cole Collection

TEXAS BLOOD PURIFIER AND TONIC BITTERS (T 13.5) – Cole 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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