A Morning Call Bitters Comparison

MorningCallComparisonA Morning Call Bitters Comparison

Is it from Cincinnati or St. Louis?

02 September 2013

Apple-Touch-IconAMany bottle collectors are familiar with the round Lediard’s Morning Call Bitters sold by Charles Lediard in New York and St. Louis. Today we are going to look at two super rare ‘square’ Morning Call Bitters. I am not sure the M 130(top left) should be linked to Lediard in St. Louis as the M 130.5 (top right) is linked to the Mills Brothers in Cincinnati. Could they both be from the Mills Brothers in Cincinnati? The bottles are so similar.

This post was inspired by Gary Beatty and James Viguerie who both sent me pictures of the very rare M 130, Morning Call Bitters (see below) recently.

The Carlyn Ring and Bill Ham listing in Bitters Bottles Supplement for the M 130 Morning Call Bitters is as follows:

M 130  Morning Call Bitters
// MORNING CALL // BITTERS // sp //sp //
9 1/2 x  2 13/16 (7 1/8)
Square, amber, LTC, Applied mouth, Very rare
Franklin Hastings and Charles Lediard were listed in the 1866 St. Louis Business Directory at 28 & 31 Washington Ave., St. Louis as being “Importers and Dealers in Wines and Liquors, and Manufacturers of Lediard’s Mixed Liquors and Bitters.”

M 130Morning Call Bitters – James Viguerie – Dug in St. Louis. However, the book indicates a size of 9 1/2″ x 2 13/16″ while mine is 9 3/8″ x 2 3/4″.


M 130Morning Call Bitters – Gary Beatty – I got a Morning Call Bitters off eBay ‘Buy It Now’. 35 people were watching it so I had to make a decision fast. It is medium to dark amber. Not as pretty as yours but no damage. Is it from Cincinnati or St. Louis?

Read: Unlisted Morning Call Bitters

The Carlyn Ring and Bill Ham listing in the upcoming Bitters Bottles Supplement 2 for the M 130.5 Morning Call Bitters is as follows:

M 130.5  Morning Call Bitters
9 x  2 3/4
Square with column corners, Amber, LTC, Applied mouth, 4 sp, Extremely rare
Mold similar to C 20 California Herb Birrers
Listed in Cincinnati Directories for years 1866, 1867, and 1868.
Example dug in Memphis, Tenn.

[Read Article]



M 130.5 Morning Call Bitters – Meyer Collection (same bottle in article above)

Morning Call Wahoo Bitters - Conaway Jones and Tate - Memphis TN - Memphis Daily Appeal - Feb 27 1866

Morning Call Wahoo Bitters advertisement – Conaway Jones and Tate – Memphis, Tennessee – Memphis Daily Appeal – Feb 27 1866. The M 130.5 was found in Memphis.

Mills Timeline – Cincinnati

The article above lists a span of three years. That is a little bit off as the first listing for the Mills Brothers in the liquor business is 1863 and it progresses from there. Mills Brothers was listed for only four years, 1865-1868.

Charles S. Mills (probably father) listed as Salesman at 18 & 20 Main, (1862)
Mills & Kline, 20 Main, Grocers, David M. Mills, Benneville Kline (1863, 1864)
Mills, Kline & Co., 18 Main (Liquors), David M. Mills, Joseph F. Mills, Benneville Kline (1863, 1864)
MILLS BRO. & CO., Dealers in Foreign and Domestic Liquors, Cincinnati, OH., 18 & 20 Main (1865-1868), David M. Mills, Joseph F. Mills, Charles D. Mills. Address change in 1868 to 104 W. 2nd.
J. F. MILLS & CO., Wholesale Grocers & Commission Merchants, Cincinnati, OH., 18 & 20 Main (1865-1867), Joseph F. Mills, Charles L. Mills, Henry Jacobs
D. Mills & Co., (1869), David M. Mills, William Ward, Wholesale Liquor Dealers, 66 Walnut
Mills, Johnson & Co., (1869), Joseph F. Mills, Charles L. Mills, (W.W.J.) Successors to Samuel N. Pike & Co., Distillers & Rectifiers, 18 & 20 Sycamore

Charles S. Mills (probably father) listed as Salesman at 18 & 20 Main, 1862 Williams’ Cincinnati Directory


Mills & Kline listings Grocers at 20 Main and Liquors at 18 Main St. – 18631864 Williams’ Cincinnati Directory


Mills Bro. & Co. listing | J.F. Mills & Co listing – 1865 Williams’ Cincinnati Directory


Mills Bro. & Co. listing  | J.F. Mills & Co listing 1866 Williams’ Cincinnati Directory


Mills Bro. & Co. listing | J.F. Mills & Co listing1867 Williams’ Cincinnati Directory


Mills Bro. & Co. listing, address change to 104 W. 2nd – 1868 Williams’ Cincinnati Directory


D. Mills & Co. listing | Mills, Johnson & Co. listing, 1869 Williams’ Cincinnati Directory

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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