The Ultimate Hand – Royal Flush Bitters


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The ultimate hand to a poker player is the Royal Flush. The odds of drawing this hand in a five card poker game are one in 649,740. Yet every year someone, somewhere draws this hand. So what are the odds of acquiring a Royal Flush Bitters when only one is offered for sale in 10-years?


RoyalFlushBittersSmall_3You know, I have always liked the Royal Flush Bitters as every time I see a pictured example, it is fully labeled, sealed and full of contents.

Has anyone every seen an empty bottle without the label? Go figure. Anyway Jim Hagenbugh (General Jim) has an extraordinary example in his Glass Works Auction #96 “The Cabin Fever Auction” that is occurring now. A second example recently was sold by American Glass Gallery (see below) in May 2010.

According to Glass Works there are only two or three known examples making this bottle extremely rare. This same bottle was previously sold by Glass Works back in November 2002 which means that every time I see a picture it is the bottle in this auction or the example pictured in Bitters Bottles (see below).

I was certain that I would find an abundance of information when conducting a search. All I can find is a listing for a J. Quint Company in New Haven, Connecticut. Their address was noted as 835 Grand Avenue.

Here is the Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham Bitters Bottles write-up for the bottle:


Label: J. Quint Company, New Haven, Conn.
12 x 3 (9)
Square tapering to top, Amber, LTCR, Extremely Rare
Similar in shape to Big Bill Best Bitters


Historical Pricing Information: The example sold by American Glass Gallery in May 2010 sold for $5,500. The example sold by Glass Works Auctions in November 2002 went for $3,575. Very strong.


“ROYAL / FLUSH / BITTERS” (reverse side identically embossed), (R-110), Connecticut, ca. 1895 – 1910, amber, 12 1/4”h, smooth base, tooled lip, 99% original label, ‘J. Quint. Co. / New Haven, Conn.’ embossed neck foil, and contents. The bottle is perfect. Extremely rare, one of only two or three known examples and identical in form to the more common Big Bill Best Bitters. We sold this bottle in our December 2002 auction and have not seen one since! Page 43 in ‘Bitters Bottles’ by Ring/Ham (see below) has a picture of two identical bottles sitting side-by-side. Glass Works Auction #96 “The Cabin Fever Auction” – January 2013


Page 43 in Bitters Bottles by Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham. Depicted is the Royal Flush Bitters and the very similar Big Bill Best Bitters.


You can see the second labeled example of a ROYAL FLUSH BITTERS that recentle made an appearance in the American Glass Gallery Auction 6 (closed 17 May 2010)

Read More: Big Bill Best Bitters

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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