The puce London Medicated Health Restorer circles back


Studio photograph, “London – Medicated – Health Restorer – S. A. Foutz / Baltimore MD” – American Glass Gallery

Apple-Touch-IconAThe same medium strawberry puce, London Medicated Health Restorer bottle is making an encore appearance as Lot #161 in American Glass Gallery Auction #10. This bottle first made an appearance, not to long ago, in American Glass Gallery Auction #2 in November 2009. I even referenced it before in a post titled London Medicated Health Restorer – Baltimore.


Whenever I see this bottle I always think of Jules Verne, the French novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his adventure novels and his profound influence on the literary genre of science fiction.

London Medicated Health Restorer

London Medicated Health Restorer – Kyle Collection (ex:Ferdinand Meyer IV Collection, my father)

Put out by  S.A. Foutz in Baltimore, MD, this bottle has it all with a hexagonal shape and indented panels. There are also three horizontal rings forming a cone type shoulder with an applied sloping collared mouth with ring.


Exterior photograph of the same “London – Medicated – Health Restorer – S. A. Foutz / Baltimore MD” – American Glass Gallery

This is a distinctive form that most likely was put out by Baltimore Glass Works in 1860 – 1870. It is reminiscent of the famous and extremely rare, Chickahominy Bitters (see center bottle below) and somewhat to the Atherton’s Dew Drop Bitters (left below).


Atherton’s Dew Drop Bitters (left), the subject London Medicated Health Restorer (center) and Chickahominy Bitters (right)


Chickahominy Bitters – Fuss Collection (photograph Ferdinand Meyer)

Athertons Dew Drop

Atherton’s Dew Drop Bitters – Meyer Collection

Read: Dr. Atherton’s Dew Drop 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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