Looking at this new Peruvian Bitters ‘without’ the Monogram


Looking at this new Peruvian Bitters ‘without’ the Monogram

25 October 2013

One of the five or so ‘W & C’ embossed monograms

Apple-Touch-IconAI thought I would take this opportunity to document the unlisted Peruvian Bitters variant from San Francisco that moved on ebay recently. A popular western bottle in many collections, it was quite exciting to see this new variant without the Jellis C. WilmerdingW” and Calvin W. KelloggK” monogram.

Read about Jellis Clute Wilmerding and Calvin W. Kellogg



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Promotional Advertisement for Peruvian Bitters – A.L. Bancroft & Co.: Birdseye View of San Francisco – 1880 – The aerial view, a true birds eye looking at San Francisco toward the West from a flying pigeon above, carrying a Peruvian Bitters advertising piece in it’s beak, issued as a color supplement from a San Francisco newspaper supplement. The printed matter is the backside of the supplement. The piece is about 8 1/2″ X 11″

[from Bill Ham]

The PERUVIAN BITTERS that came up on ebay #121189794777 and sold for $1,926 is a fairly significant Western bitters bottle. May be worth your time to post. Here is the new listing;


PERUVIAN (au) / BITTERS // f // f // f //
9 1/8 x 2 7/8 ( 7 ¼ ) 5/16
Square, Amber, NSC, Applied mouth, 1 sp, Extremely rare
Similar to P 66, P 67. And P 68 except no monogram on reverse side.
Examples dug in Idaho and San Luis Obispo, Ca.

Western Bitters website notes that there are three known examples. Very possibly this is the first bottle used for this product before any of the distributors had their monogram put on the reverse side.



Peruvian Bitters history – Joe Gourd collection

Here is the ebay listing;

ebaylogoRARE Peruvian Bitters NO MONOGRAM Old Amber applied top Western dug! This antique Bitters bottle was dug in Idaho. Embossed: PERUVIAN BITTERS but lacking the Monogram on the reverse panel!! A beautiful example in Old Amber coloration with a nice applied collar and NO damage! Stands 9 1/8″ in height. A grea t variant I’ve never seen! princeweesl, 15 October 2013 $1,926 (26 bids)

Here below is an example from my collection. This is from the first auction I participated in back in 2002 with Pacific Glass Works, now American Bottle Auctions.


PERUVIAN ( au ) / BITTERS // f // motif monogram in shield W&K // f //
J. C. Wilmerding and Calvin W. Kellogg San Francisco, California
9 1/8 x 2 7/8 (7 1/4) 1/4
Square, Amber, NSC, 1 sp, Applied mouth and Tooled lip, Common
Variants: Clear (embossed), Clear (debossed), Aqua, Pale Smoke Gray, Sun Colored
Amethyst, Red, Whittly; All Extremely Rare. Motif also in variations.

Label: A positive remedy for dipsomania, chills & fever. Formula: Peruvian bark, orange peel, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, cayenne, alcohol & water, over 80 proof.


P 66Peruvian Bitters – Meyer Collection


Two Peruvian Bitters – SHA.org


A nice photograph of a tooled and applied mouth Peruvian Bitters – SHA.org


Peruvian Bitters – American Bottle Auctions

Peruvian Bitters Trade Cards

According to Bitters trade card and advertising authority Joe Gourd, Peruvian Bitters trade cards are rather common. Joe has more than 30 in his collection. He has graciously sent in a few examples from the series entitled “Everyman rides his own Hobby” looks at noted men of the day.

Benjamin Butler; Lawyer, U.S. Attorney General

Cornelius Vanderbuilt; Industrialist, Railroad builder

Henry Bergh: Founder-American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Jay Gould; American Railroad Developer

Robert Ingersoll; Politician, “The Great Agnostic

P. T. Barnum; Showman, Barnum & Bailey Circus


Pair of ‘Everyman Rides His Own Hobby Try Peruvian Bitters’ trade cards – Joe Gourd Collection


Pair of ‘Everyman Rides His Own Hobby Try Peruvian Bitters’ trade cards – Joe Gourd Collection


Pair of ‘Everyman Rides His Own Hobby Try Peruvian Bitters‘ trade cards – Joe Gourd Collection


Peruvian Bitters Trade Card – advertisement side

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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