My Pink Dream



07 August 2013 (R•102013)


Apple-Touch-IconADid I dream this? I can not remember. Was a Memory Bottle found recently that had a hint of a Drake’s Plantation Bitters within as the covered bottle structure? Was it at Manchester? When the attached memory pieces were removed, a “PINK” Drakes was revealed. My memory is foggy. I am tired. Now us Drakes collectors know there is no such thing as a “Pink” Drake’s right? Stay tuned. 







American Glass Gallery Auction 11

20 October 2011

“S T / Drake’s / 1860 / Plantation / X / Bitters – Patented / 1862″, America, 1862 – 1880. Light to medium pink with a slight salmon tone, cabin form with 6 logs above the label panel, applied sloping collar – smooth base, ht. 9 3/4″, near mint; (a 1/8″ surface bruise on one of the side logs; a couple of tissue-paper-thin open surface bubbles, a 3/8” tissue-paper-thin surface flake at edge of base, a touch of interior residue and a very hard-to-see, iridescent bruise at corner of base on reverse). R/H #D105. An exceedingly rare, light color, strong embossing. Exceptional! – American Glass Gallery Auction 11

This is the 1st time that this exceptional Drake’s Bitters Bottle is being offered to collectors since it’s “unveiling” from well over a century of being covered in plaster and trinkets, disguised as a folk art “memory bottle”. Although as noted, there are a handful of minor condition issues, they are all minor, and non-distracting.


“S T / Drake’s / 1860 / Plantation / X / Bitters – Patented / 1862”, America, 1862 – 1880. Light to medium pink with a slight salmon tone – American Glass Gallery Auction 11

It is one of the great colors for a Drake’s Cabin, every bit as difficult to obtain as a green example. Very few of even the advanced collectors will have one anywhere close to this on their shelf, particularly with this degree of pink, and in this light of a tone.

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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