Advertising Bitters Dose (Shot) Glasses in Glass Works Auction #97




The ‘March Madness’ Auction #97

Advertising Bitters Dose (Shot) Glasses in Glass Works Auction #97

19 March 2013

Apple-Touch-IconAI was pleasantly surprised to venture deeper in to the Jim Hagenbuch Glass Works Auction #97 to find an outstanding collection of Bitters shot glasses. The pre-write-up stated:

Lots 112 through 123 represents what we believe to be the finest and most complete collecton of advertising bitters dose glasses ever offered at auction. Totaling 35 glasses, and from a 40-year old collection, it contains a number of extremely rare and/or unique pieces, many being offered for the first time.

Lots 112 through 123

Though a citation is needed, one possible popular origin of the term “Shot Glass” is that the term originated in the Western saloons of the American Old West. The cowboys of the Old West would trade a cartridge (bullet plus powder and primer encased in brass) for a small amount of alcohol. Dose Glass or Shot Glass, these are really cool.


Lot 112: Etched Bitters Dose Glass, ‘Drink Hermitage Bitters, Schwabacher & Selig, Indianapolis, Ind.’ (all the wording are inside a sign and banner attached to a tree), Indiana, ca. 1890 – 1910, clear glass, 2 1/2″h, tooled rim, perfect condition. Without question the finest dose glass in the collection and possibly unique as we have not seen another. – Glass Works Auction #97


Lot 113: Etched Bitters Dose Glass, ‘Voumi Stomach Bitters, Wm. Edmonds, Sole Propr., Providence, R.I.’, Rhode Island, ca. 1890 – 1910, clear glass, 2 1/8″h, tooled rim, perfect condition. A rare and attractive dose glass! – Glass Works Auction #97


Lot 114: Etched Bitters Dose Glass, ‘The Anti Cholerical Old (cluster of grapes) Grape Stomach Bitters, The F. Sixta & Sons Co., Manitowoc, Wis.’, Wisconsin, ca. 1890 – 1910, clear glass, 2″h, tooled rim, perfect. Could be a rare one! – Glass Works Auction #97


Lot 115: (Lot of 2) Etched Bitters Dose Glasses, ‘Holtzermanns Celebrated Stomach Bitters, J.D. Holtzermann & Co., Piqua, Ohio’ and a ‘Royal Pepsin Stomach Bitters, L. & A. Scharff, St. Louis, Mo., Sole Agents, U.S.A. & Can.’, American, ca. 1890 – 1900, clear glass, 2″ and 2 1/4″h, tooled rims, both are damage free but have some minor loss of the lettering. Both are very rare and the perfect go-with for both popular bitters bottles. – Glass Works Auction #97


Lot 116: (Lot of 2) Etched Bitters Dose Glasses, ‘Berliner Magen Bitters, J.D. Lien, Duluth, Minn.’ and a ‘To Preserve Your Health, Drink Zein Brothers Famous Magen Bitters, Duluth, Minn.’, Minnesota, ca. 1890 – 1910, clear glass, 2 1/4″h, tooled rims, both are in perfect condition. – Glass Works Auction #97


Lot 117: (Lot of 2) Red Etched Bitters Dose Glasses, ‘Rooster Bitters, (standing rooster), B. Weis & Co. Chicago’ and a ‘Lekko Stomach Bitters, Struzynski Bros, Chicago’, Illinois, ca. 1890 – 1910, clear glass, 2 1/4″ and 2 3/8″h, tooled rims, both are perfect but the Lekko glass has some wear. The Lekko glass is from the Carlyn Ring Collection. – Glass Works Auction #97


Lot 118: (Lot of 2) Etched Bitters Dose Glasses, ‘Try Greenut’s Bitters, Good For Men, Woman & Children, and a ˜Harzer Krauter Bitters, Herman C. Asendorf, Sole Agent For The United States & Canada, Brooklyn, N.Y.’, American, ca. 1890 – 1910, clear glass, 2 1/4″ to 2 1/2″h, tooled rim. The Harzer Krauter glass has a gold rim, both are in perfect condition, and both are rare glasses. – Glass Works Auction #97


Lot 119: (Lot of 3) Pennsylvania Etched Bitters Dose Glasses, ˜Devil Bitters, FK (monogram), Fred Kalina Co., 409 Water St., Pittsburgh, Pa.’ a ‘Drink-The-Best, St. Bernard Bitters, Morris Horn & Son, Wholesalers, Wilkes Barre, Pa.’ and a ‘Dr. Hacker’s Specific Bitters, Reading, Pa., To What Glass Do You Belong? It’s up to You, Get On. (a standing pig), Gents, Ladies, Pennsylvania, ca. 1890 – 1910, clear glass, 2 1/4″ to 2 3/4″h, tooled rims, the Devil Bitters has some wear. The St. Bernard Bitters is very rare! – Glass Works Auction #97


Lot 120: (Lot of 4) Etched Bitters Dose Glasses, ‘Drink Rex Kidney & Liver Bitters, a ‘A Little Cuban Bitters Please’, a ‘Blaniks Bitters’ and a ‘Ramsey’s Trinidad Aromatic Bitters’ etc. (on the inside of the base), American, ca. 1890 – 1910, clear glass, 2″ to 3 3/4″h, tooled rims, all are in perfect condition. – Glass Works Auction #97


Lot 121: (Lot of 5) Embossed Bitters Dose Glasses, ‘Fichtelberg Bitters’, a ‘Van de Wart Boonekamp’ a ‘Enjoy Bismark Bitters, Once a Day’, a ‘Padres Wine Bitters’, and a ‘Green Mountain Herb Bitters Guaranteed To Cure in Three Months’, American, ca. 1890 – 1910, clear glass, 1 7/8″ to 3 3/4″h, tooled rims, all are in perfect condition. – Glass Works Auction #97


Lot 122: (Lot of 5) Milwaukee, Wisconsin Etched Bitters Dose Glasses, ‘To Preserve Your Health Drink Zein Brothers Famous Magen Bitters, 298-300 Third St., Milwaukee, Wis.’ a ‘It Has No Equal Zien Bros. Co. Famous Stomach Bitters, 689-691 Third St., Milwaukee’, a ‘Drink Berliner Magen Bitters and Keep Well, Zien Bros., Milwaukee, Wis.’, a ‘The Road To Health is Assured by Taking Berliner Magen Bitters / Z.B.C., Try Them & Convince Yourself, Zien Bros. Co., Milwaukee, Wis.’, and a ‘Alter Bismark Magen Bitters, For all Complaints of the Stomach Liver and Kidneys, (bust of man), Berdie & Zien, Milwaukee’, Wisconsin, ca. 1890 – 1910, clear glass with etched text, 2″ to 2 1/4″h, tooled rims. One glass has a tiny outer edge of rim nick, all the others are in excellent condition. – Glass Works Auction #97


Lot 123: (Lot of 7) Etched and Embossed Stemmed Bitters Dose Glasses, (3) ‘Dr. Capias Herb Bitters’, a ‘Polo Club Bitters’, (2) ‘Kapuziner Kloster Bitters’ and a “QUININE BITTERS”, American, ca. 1890 – 1910, all are clear glass, 3″ to 3 1/4″h, tooled rims, all are in perfect condition. The Polo Club is from the Charles Gardner Collection. – Glass Works Auction #97

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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