Lewis’ Red Jacket Bitters – New Haven, Connecticut



14 March 2013 (R•012314-GWA image)

Apple-Touch-IconAWhile developing posts on Red Cloud Bitters and Red Jacket Bitters, who I affectionately call the Chicago “Indians”, I was reminded of the Lewis’ Red Jacket Bitters from New Haven, Connecticut. This round, amber bottle is 10 7/8″ tall and is a completely unrelated product with the same name as the Bennett Pieters & Co. Red Jacket Bitters in Chicago. The New Haven brand uses an illustration of an Indian head as their logo (see above).


We know from the previous Red Jacket Bitters post that Red Jacket was a Native American Seneca orator and chief of the Wolf clan. He got his name from the bright red jacket he wore, which was a present from the British.

Red Jacket Bitters

Red Jacket Bitters advertising that references and E.C. Allen & Co. from Augusta, Maine. Was there another Red Jacket Bitters?

What intrigues me about the Lewis’ Red Jacket Bitters are some of the funky advertising pieces I found with the profile Indian head motif and ‘scripty‘ typestyle (see below). I also found the advertising pictured above in one of my files that references Red Jacket Bitters and E. C. Allen Co. in Augusta, Maine. Was there yet another Red Jacket Bitters?

Read More: Red Cloud Bitters – One of the Chicago ‘Indians’

Read More: Red Jacket Bitters – Another Chicago ‘Indian’


Embossed around bottle LEWIS’ RED JACKET BITTERS, Embossed on base: NEW HAVEN, / (motif of Indian Head) / CONN 10 3/4″h. amber, round – weloveoldbottles.com

The Carlyn Ring & W.C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles is as follows:


// s // LEWIS’ RED JACKET BITTERS // b // NEW HAVEN motif head of an Indian / ,CONN
10 7/8 x 2 3/4 (5 3/4) Round, Amber, LTCR, Applied mouth and Tooled lip, Scarce

Label: A purely vegetable preparation. Contains no mineral or poisonous substances. A sure cure for fever and ague and malaria. A sovereign remedy for liver and kidney troubles. Female troubles in young and old, married or single, yield readily to this invaluable family medicine.

Western Narragansett Weekly (Rhode Island) August 13, 1885

Drug Catalog: 1885 Goodwin


25. “LEWIS RED JACKET BITTERS” (around the shoulder), Ring/Ham, (L-83), Connecticut, ca. 1880 – 1895, amber three part mold cylinder, 11”h, “NEW HAVEN” / (Indians Head) / “CONN.”, on smooth base, tooled lip. Accompanying the bottle is a two-sided handbill with numerous testimonials from ‘graduates of the great university, Yale College’. – Glass Works Auctions


Lewis’ Red Jacket Bitters advertisement in The Day, New London, Connecticut – 1886


Lewis‘ Red Jack Bitters advertisement, Lewis & Co., – Yale Pot-pourri – 1886


1886 Household guide Lewis’ Red Jacket Bitters, New Haven, Conn.


Lewis’ Red Jacket Bitters, New Haven, Conn. 23 inch advertising clock – Morphy Auctions


Red Jacket Bitters – New Haven Connecticut – ca.1870’s – ebay

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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