Aqua Dr. Jacobs Bitters New Haven, CT – Pontil & Full Label


Aqua Dr. Jacobs Bitters New Haven, CT – Pontil & Full Label

22 August 2012 (R•110614)

Apple-Touch-IconAI like this listing on eBay for the smaller, DR. JACOB’S BITTERS (J 11) for a number of reasons. It seems to be a fresh, found bottle, it has a really nice label and the embossing is pushing into the label making some profound statements with the eye appeal of the bottle. I have captured a few of the pictures, added the eBay listing, noted the Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listings in Bitters Bottles and added two examples from my collection. This is a great, aqua bitters bottle with some good history from New Haven, Connecticut.

“found in 2007 in a house, clean out here in central CT and recently remembered by the crew & acquired by us this weekend”

eBay description (CTMH1):

Aqua Dr Jacobs Bitters New Haven, CT, Pontil & Full Label, approximately 3″ x 1 3/4″ x 8 3/8″, medium aqua in color, applied slopping top, heavily whittled, impressive tubular pontil, embossed on 3 sides “DR JACOB’S BITTERS / S. A. SPENCER / NEW HAVEN, CT”, complete with ORIGINAL full label, reads in part “DR. JACOBS / COMPOUND / WILD CHERRY / SARSAPARILLA / GOLDEN SEAL / & MANDRAKE BITTERS….. S A SPENCER Sole prop….of the ORIGINAL Recipe and prepared only at SPENCER & CLARK ……….opposite / RAILWAY STATION NEW HAVEN CONN …..”, see photo, retains what probably is the original cork, some dried contents in the corners of the bottom, bottle is attic mint, retains 90% of the original label, some staining & aging, see photo but is darker than the photos, found in 2007 in a house clean out here in central CT and recently remembered by the crew & acquired by us this weekend.

DR. JACOB’S BITTERS – eBay ( I like this ‘grid’ assemblage arranged by the seller)

Embossing pushing into the label creating really cool visual effects on the DR. JACOB’S BITTERS – eBay

This creative Heineken billboard reminds me of the Dr. Jacobs embossing pushing thru the labels above.

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

J 10  DR. JACOB’S BITTERS, Circa 1862 – 1875
L…Dr. Jacob’s Compound Wild Cherry Sarsaparilla Golden Seal & Mandrake Bitters
10 1/4 x 4 x 2 1/2 (7 3/8) 1/2
Rectangular, Aqua, LTC, Applied mouth, With and without rough pontil mark,
Label: S. A. Spencer, Sole Proprietor of the original recipe and prepared only by Spencer & Clark at their Medicine Depot opposite the Railway Station, New Haven, Conn. Prepared from the roots and barks of our fields and woods. For liver complaints and all forms of bilious diseases. For scrofula, erysypelas, and every variety of scrofulous affections, impaired digestion, loss of appetite, general nervous debility, constipation of the bowels, headache, acid stomach, and all those complaints arising from and depending upon impure blood or a foul stomach.

The taller, DR. JACOB’S BITTERS (J 10) – Meyer Collection

DR. JACOB’S BITTERS (J 10) – Meyer Collection


“DR. JACOB’S / BITTERS, – S.A. SPENCER. – NEW HAVEN, CT.”, (Ring/Ham, J-10), Connecticut, ca. 1855 – 1865, bluish aqua, 10 1/4”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth. Paul Hadley Collection. Perfect condition, highly whittled glass, an exceptional example! Ex. Dan Murphy Collection #106. – Glass Works Auctions

J 11  DR. JACOB’S BITTERS, Circa 1840 – 1860
8 1/2 x 3 x 1 3/4 (5 1/2) 5/16
Rectangular, Aqua, LTC, Applied mouth, With and without rough pontil mark,

The smaller, DR. JACOB’S BITTERS (J 11) – Meyer Collection

DR. JACOB’S BITTERS advertisement in the Corning (NY) Journal – Thursday, April 3, 1862

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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