Mishler’s Keystone Bitters – Stencil and Bottle

MishlersStencil6Mishler’s Keystone Bitters – Stencil, Bottle & Trade Cards

08 August 2012 (R•050314) (R•072114) (R•101015)

Apple-Touch-IconADon’t know if you all noticed this really cool stencil in the Glass Works Auctions | Auction 95 that closed Monday night. I saw this in Baltimore as it was Jeff Burkhardts. I have quite a few Mishler bottles including the extremely rare, and possibly unique MISHLER’S KEYSTONE BITTERS which is referenced in the stencil.

Keystone Bitters Stencil

Packing Box Stencil for Mishler’s Keystone Bitters – Glass Works Auctions (ex: Jeff Burkhardt)

The description for the auction item is as follows:

Packing Box Stencil for, ‘Mishler’s / Keystone / Bitters, / Manufactured by / Griel & Bro. / Sole Agents. / No. 28 South 16th. St. / Philad’a, Pa’, (M-103), Pennsylvania, ca. 1865 – 1880, copper plate, 10 1/2” in diameter, the makers mark, ‘From W.F. Scheible, 49 South 3rd St., Philada’ is stamped at two places. Some minor ink stain from usage, overall excellent condition. Very few packing crate stencils survive today as most in time would have been sold for scrap. And considering how few of the Keystone Bitters bottles exist, this is almost certainly the only stencil made.

Keystone Bitters Bottle

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

H. L. MISHLER’S / KEYSTONE BITTERS // A SOLVENT REMEDY // ANTI DYSPEPTIC // motif keystone design over flat panel //
9 1/2 x 2 3/4 (7 1/2)
Square, Amber, LTC, Applied mouth, 3 sp, Beveled edges are convex. Extremely Rare
Trade Cards available

Extremely rare MISHLER’S KEYSTONE BITTERS (fancy square) – Meyer Collection


Extremely Rare H.L. Mishler’s Keystone Bitters, Lancaster, PA. Amber Bottle with Embossing on three sides. It reads: “H.L. Mishler’s Keystone Bitters. A Solvent Remedy, Anti dyspeptic.” This is the most RARE of all Lancaster Bitters. Purchased from “The Carlyn Ring Collection.” 9 1/2. ” Condition: Excellent. Ex: Nolt Collection – Conestoga Auctions


Fragments from a dig of a Mishler’s Keystone Bitters – Christian Raezer

Keystone Bitters Advertising Trade Cards

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Mishler’s Keystone Bitters trade card – Joe Gourd Collection

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Mishler’s Keystone Bitters trade card – Joe Gourd Collection

Mishler’s Herb Bitters Shipping Crate

Mishler’s Bitters Shipping Crate – Meyer Collection

Mishler’s Herb Bitters Advertising Note

Lancaster, PA- Mishler’s Herb Bitters $10 Advertising Note


Mishler’s Bitters , Dr. S. B. Hartman, Lancaster, PA. Framed $20 Facsimile Advertising Bill. The Originals of this Note are Very Rare; less than 5 are known. Although a facsimile, this is a very desirable collectible. 8 1/2 ” x 10 1/2.” Nolt Collection – Conestoga Auction Company

Read More: Mishler’s Herb Bitters & Prof. Parker’s Pleasant Worm Syrup

Read More: Mishler’s Herb Bitters Advertising Wall Clock

Read More: A Couple of Fancy Gents

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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