Professor Lennords or Leonnard’s or Leonard’s Celebrated Nectar Bitters

Lennords (nope)

let’s try again

Leonnard’s (almost)

once more

Leonard’s (bingo)

and finally

Professor Leonard’s Celebrated Nectar Bitters

12 January 2013 (R•092418)

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C H I C A G O C I N C I N N A T I

Now here is a man who apparently was also a ‘Professor’ and an extremely rare bitters brand who can’t get their name right. The L 74.7 Professor Lennords specimen that appeared on ebay (see listing) this week, uses an odd “LENNORDS” spelling which looks incorrect and appears in absolutely no online searches. ‘Lennords’ is embossed on the bottle though (see below).

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L 74.7 – PROFESSOR LENNORDS CELEBRATED NECTAR BITTERS – ebay (image clean-up by PRG)

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

L 74.7  PROFESSOR LENNORD’S CELEBRATED NECTAR BITTERS
PROFESSOR / LENNORD’S // CELEBRATED / NECTAR BITTERS // CASSILLY & CO. / CHICAGO / AGENTS // f //
9 1/4 x 2 7/8 (7 1/2) 3/8
Square, Amber and Olive Green, LTC, Applied mouth, Extremely rare
Advertisement: St. Paul Pioneer, September 3, 1864
Olive green shards were dug in southern Minneapolis

The L 75 Professor Leonnard’s specimen is closer to being correct and uses two “N’s” in “LEONNARD’S”. Still, no records with this spelling. I have no photograph to show you for this bottle.

The Carlyn Ring and Bill Ham listing in Bitters Bottles Supplement is noted as:

L 75  PROF. LEONNARD’S CELEBRATED NECTAR BITTERS
PROF. LEONNARD’S // CELEBRATED / NECTAR BITTERS // lower line bland-mold must have been altered as top two lines are off center without a third line // HUBBEL, SWASEY & CO / SOLE AGENTS / CINCINNATI. O // f //
Professor N. B. Leonnard Cassilly & Co. , Proprietor, Chicago, Illinois
9 1/4 x 2 3/4 (6 7/8) 3/8
Square, Amber, LTC, Applied mouth, Extremely rare
Daily Illinois State Register, October 19, 1864

Finally we start to see some advertisements (see below) and references to Professor Leonard’s (LEONNARD’S) Celebrated Nectar Bitters. What an identity crisis! No wonder this product was only listed for two years (1864 and 1865).

Newspaper Advertisement for Professor Leonnard’s Celebrated Nectar Bitters – The Hillsdale Standard (Michigan), Tuesday, May 3, 1864

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Cassilly & Co. noted as Sole Agent for the United States of Professor Leonard’s Celebrated Nectar Bitters – Illinois State Gazetteer and Business Directory The Years 1864 – 65

This post was prompted by the closing of the L 74.7 Professor Lennords variant last night on ebay. An extraordinary example of an extremely rare Chicago square. The ebay listing was as follows:

I am no bottle expert but I am sure that I came across some early bottles in great condition. Auction is for one Professor Lennords Celebrated Nectar Bitters Cassilly & Co Chicago Agents. This is what is embossed on three sides of this dark amber bottle. Bottle measures 9.25″ tall, the bottom measures 2 7/8ths” x 2 3/4 “. Inside looks dusty but no bad stains. This only cleaning I did was the outside. I can find no chips on any of the corners. One little place looks like a chip but it is smooth to the touch I think it is an air bubble close to the surface of the glass. Last photo is look at what Kinds of bottles I have found. All of these bottles were found in a Farm fruit cellar in Illinois Years ago. If I see some interest in this bottle I will list them all . Someone please let me know if I should try cleaning the insides of these bottles. Selling Price: $2,358.33 for lingo54igi


 CHICAGO VARIANT

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L 74.7 – PROFESSOR LENNORDS CELEBRATED NECTAR BITTERS (Chicago Variant) – ebay (image clean-up by PRG)

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L 74.7 – PROFESSOR LENNORDS CELEBRATED NECTAR BITTERS (Chicago Variant) – ebay (image clean-up by PRG)

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L 74.7 – PROFESSOR LENNORDS CELEBRATED NECTAR BITTERS (Chicago Variant) – ebay (image clean-up by PRG)

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L 74.7 – PROFESSOR LENNORDS CELEBRATED NECTAR BITTERS (Chicago Variant) – ebay (image clean-up by PRG)

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L 74.7 – PROFESSOR LENNORDS CELEBRATED NECTAR BITTERS (Chicago Variant) – ebay (image clean-up by PRG)


Cincinnati Variant

L 75 – PROF. LEONNARDS CELEBRATED NECTAR BITTERS (Cincinnati Variant) – Matthew Tique Levanti

L 75 – PROF. LEONNARDS CELEBRATED NECTAR BITTERS (Cincinnati Variant) – Matthew Tique Levanti

L 75 – PROF. LEONNARDS CELEBRATED NECTAR BITTERS (Cincinnati Variant) – Matthew Tique Levanti


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Hubbell, Swasey & Co. reference in Reports of Cases in Law and Equity, Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Georgia – 1868

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Listing John Swasey & Co. in Cincinnati Directory in 1864 confirming John T. Swasey and Wake Hubbell (not Hubbel) as noted elsewhere.

Select Listings:

1864: Newspaper Advertisement (above) for Professor Leonnard’s Celebrated Nectar Bitters, Cassilly & Co., 31 South Water Street, Chicago – The Hillsdale Standard (Michigan), Tuesday, May 3, 1864
1864: Listing for John Swasey & Co. in Cincinnati Directory (above) in 1864 confirming John T. Swasey and Wake Hubbell (not Hubbel) as noted elsewhere.
1864-65: Cassilly & Co. (Chicago) noted as Sole Agent for the United States of Professor Leonard’s Celebrated Nectar BittersIllinois State Gazetteer and Business Directory The Years 1864 – 65
1868: Hubbell, Swasey & Co. reference (above) in Reports of Cases in Law and Equity, Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Georgia
1868-69: Listing for L 75 Professor Leonnard’s variant by Pre-Pro.com: HUBBELL, SWASEY & CO., Cincinnati, OH., 23-27 Sycamore, 1868-1869

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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1 Response to Professor Lennords or Leonnard’s or Leonard’s Celebrated Nectar Bitters

  1. Froggy says:

    Great square and I too was dumbfounded by the mis-spelling. It seems to have had distribution in Minnesota. Did that come up in your search? Did you win the Ebay example?

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