Lacour’s Bitters – “Heartbreakers” & “Tearjerkers”

Apple-Touch-IconAWhat a great package of Lacour’s Sarsapariphere Bitters that closed on ebay yesterday. The lot was titled Lacour’s Bitters “Heartbreakers” Lot – All Broken, One Repairable. The pictures were excellent. Let’s see how long it takes Warren Friedrich to identify the variants. The description by cwkennedy (Penryn, California) is as follows:

Lacour’s Bitters “Heartbreakers” Lot – All Broken, One Repairable


“parts and pieces all came out of the same hole”

“Heartbreakers” “Tearjerkers” or whatever you want to call them, this lot of Lacour’s Sarsapariphere Bitters parts and pieces all came out of the same hole. Lot, as pictured, consists of three medium to darkish-amber necks, one light Seven-Up green body and neck, and one light-to-medium yellowish-amber specimen in repairable condition, as the broken piece is present, the break is clean and, when matched to the bottle, it fits tightly with no gaps or flakes. These are literally “fresh to market,” having been dug this past Saturday in the Northern California foothills near Auburn. All pieces have been lightly cleaned and exhibit varying degrees of haze and/or staining. The almost intact specimen measures approximately 9 1/8 inches tall by just a little over 3 1/4 inches wide at base. Lacour’s Bitters, dating from the late 1860s through the early 1870s are among the rarest, most desireable, and most visually appealing western bitters. The sale price was $246.50 with 11 bids.

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These are literally “fresh to market,” having been dug this past Saturday in the Northern California foothills near Auburn. 

Lacour's Sarsapariphere Bitters - Meyer Collection

Lacour’s Sarsapariphere Bitters – Meyer Collection

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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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One Response to Lacour’s Bitters – “Heartbreakers” & “Tearjerkers”

  1. Warren Friedrich says:

    What a wonderful dig for someone! Five Lacour’s examples in one hole. The lone green example is a variant 1, with the other four being variant 3’s. The most intact example is an unusual shade of amber, I’d call it ‘old amber’. I was in the hunt to possess these along with seven other bidders. I collect examples of the earliest Lacour’s bottles. I asked the seller to let the winning bidder know that I would be interested in the green Lacour’s pieces to acquire or possibly trade for a copy of my book. Well see .

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