Bennet’s Celebrated Stomach Bitters – San Francisco


Bennet’s Celebrated Stomach Bitters

San Francisco


Apple-Touch-IconAA number of us were watching the western Bennet’s Celebrated Stomach Bitters from San Francisco that closed on ebay the other day. This is a wonderful bottle and I am sure the new owner will be happy. Note that the top, and next images are from the ebay post. A third image is also from the ebay sale and is captioned further below. The name Bennet’s and Bennett’s is frequent in Bitters but are not related.

Read: Bennett’s Stomach Bitters – A real puzzler

Read: Red Jacket Bitters – Another Chicago ‘Indian’ (Bennett, Pieters & Co.)

The ebay description for the Bennet’s Celebrated Stomach Bitters is as follows:

Western Square Bitters – Bennet’s

Here is a tough western square! This golden amber applied top bitters has a ton of embossing. “Bennet’s Celebrated Stomach Bitters, Jos. N. Souther & Co. Sole Proprietors, San Francisco” The “R”s are curved indicative of Pacific Glass Works. The condition is a sparkling gem with one light scratch and that is it. Pristine western glass! I am thinning out a few duplicates and therefore this example is being made available. It is so tough to turn loose of any good western bitters as they are rarely available for sale. This is a top example. Buyer to pay $10.85 postage in the continental US. Good Luck! westernglassaddict $521.99 BennettsCelebratedDale1

[From Warren Friedrich] Henry W. Bennet was a syrups and cordial manufacturer in S.F. His two bitters recipes were used by two business men named Chenery and Souther who put out two different bitters products.

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


9 x 2 3/4 (6 7/8) 3/8
Square, Amber, LTCR, Tooled lip and Applied mouth, Rare
Lettering reads base to shoulder on brand name panel, Reverse reads shoulder to base as is usual.

Note: San Francisco Business Directory 1880, 1885 and 1890

There is also an earlier variant that is listed below. I have not seen this bottle nor do I have a good close-up picture. There is an example posted at the bottom of this post.

Example found on the surface of Mount Rose near Reno


BENNET’S ( au ) / WILD CHERRY / STOMACH BITTERS  ( ad ) // f // CHENERY, SOUTHER & CO. ( au ) /  SOLE AGENTS / SAN FRANCISCO, CAL. ( ad ) // f //
9 x 3 (6 5/8) 3/8
Square, Amber, LTCR, Applied mouth, Very rare
Lettering reads base to shoulder on brand name panel, Reverse reads shoulder to base as is usual.

Note: Example found on the surface of Mount Rose near Reno.

[From Eric McGuire]

The firm of Chenery, Souther & Co. was dissolved in San Francisco on August 1, 1874. Joseph N. Souther then became the sole remaining partner. Richard Chenery had a long and notable career in San Francisco, being an early pioneer. He arrived in San Francisco on the Brig Acadian on August 14, 1849. Chenery was born in Montague, Franklin County, MA in 1817 and became one of the many who rushed for California gold. His wife was the daughter of the former governor of Maine, William G. Crosby.

By 1852 he became a successful business man and was an Alderman of the City of Sacramento, California. Offered the job of Mayor, he declined. He was, however, elected Treasurer. He soon became the head of a number of successful businesses in San Francisco and in 1861 he was one of the mounted guards who escorted President Lincoln to the Capitol at the time of his inauguration. Shortly thereafter, Chenery was appointed U.S. Naval Agent for the Port of San Francisco. When his term ended in 1865 Chenery entered into partnership with Joseph N. Souther as a wholesale liquor dealer. After terminating that partnership in 1874 he invested heavily in mining but returned to the East Coast in 1880, where he remained until his death in Belfast, Maine, on July 27, 1890. Much more can be said of Chenery, but this is the short version.

Henry W. Bennet


Henry W. Bennet listingSan Francisco Directory – 1865


Henry W. Bennet listingSan Francisco Directory – 1869


Henry W. Bennet listingSan Francisco Directory – 1876

Joseph N. Souther

Souther, Joseph N. & Co. (Joseph N. Souther)
manufacturers flavoring extracts. 122-124 Market


Joseph N. Souther listingLangley’s San Francisco Directory – 1890 (also 1880, 1886, 1888 Directories Souther was listed)


B 73 – Bennet’s Celebrated Stomach Bitters, San Francisco – ebay


B 73 – Bennet’s Celebrated Stomach Bitters, San Francisco – Meyer Collection (American Bottle Auctions | Grapentine III Auction 43 | Lot #874


B 74 [Warren Friedrich from a previous Western Bitters News post] I noticed over on the Western Glob Top Whiskies blogsite they had been posting several examples showing the various hues of amber those cylinders come in. I thought our followers on this blogsite might enjoy seeing some western squares in some contrasting colors. The photograph below shows a orange-amber colored Bennet’s Wild Cherry Stomach Bitters / Chenery, Souther & Co Sole Agents San Francisco, Cal. (I’ve also owned this bottle in an olive-amber coloration as well). Next to it is a Dr. Henley’s Wild Grape Root IXL Bitters in yellow w/slight amber hue. Quite the contrast between these two squares in color.

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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2 Responses to Bennet’s Celebrated Stomach Bitters – San Francisco

  1. Warren Friedrich says:

    The Bennett’s Celebrated Stomach Bitters bottle is actually earlier than listed in the Bitters Book. It is a product of the San Francisco & Pacific Glass Works. A photograph of the S.F.&P.G.W.’s exhibit at the 1879 San Francisco Mechanics’ Fair actually shows an example of this bottle!

    • Yes, I believe that too, R&H notes listings in the San Francisco Business Directory in 1880, 1885 and 1890. If you note above, I found listings back to 1865. No advertisements yet.

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