This gorgeous, lemon yellow Clouds Cordial


This gorgeous, lemon yellow


29 October 2013 (R•103113) (R•050819)

Apple-Touch-IconAJohn Pastor has this gorgeous Clouds Cordial in a vibrant lemon yellow in his American Glass Gallery Auction that closes tonight. Man-oh-man…if this just were a bitters. The lot picture and write-up:


Clouds Cordial – American Glass Gallery Auction 11

“Clouds Cordial – Clouds Cordial”, America, 1870 – 1880. Brilliant lemon yellow, rectangular pyramid form, applied sloping collared mouth – smooth base, ht. 10 5/8″, attic mint! A scarce medicine, interesting form, and in a vibrant, exceptional eye-appealing color that does not “wash out” in natural daylight. In addition, nicely whittled and with excellent character!

The advertisement above is for flavor only and not related directly to the Clouds Cordial brand. I just liked the picture.


Cloud, Akin & Co. listing – Evansville, Indiana City Directory 1872

“in 1862 Dr. Cloud left Kentucky and engaged in the retail drug business at Sullivan, Indiana. In 1865 he came to Evansville, and engaged with his brother-in-law, Wm. M. Akin, Esq., in the wholesale drug business, and had complete control of the manufacturing department.”


Clouds Cordial – American Glass Gallery Auction 11

Dr. Hiram Wilber Cloud

Evansville, Indiana

Born – September 7, 1833, Died –  5 May 1875


Dr. Hiram Wilber Cloud

From: “Evansville and Its Men of Mark” Historical Publishing Co., Evansville Ind, P 18-19. As sited in CFJ Vol XV, no 1, pg 9. From: “Evansville and Its Men of Mark” edited by Edward White, 1873, Historical Publishing Co., Evansville, md., p. 1849:

James C. Cloud, the father of Dr. H. W. Cloud, was born in Boone County, Kentucky, in the year 1805, and was a farmer by occupation. He remained here until his marriage to Miss Susan Snyder, of the same county. Mr. Cloud soon afterward removed to Henderson County, and engaged in the family grocery business.

On the 7th of September, 1833, the subject of this sketch was born; and when about fifteen years of age, his parents went to Louisville, Kentucky, where he enjoyed excellent facilities in securing a common school education. Having a taste for books, and literary ambition, coupled with a determination to secure an education, he entered Asbury University with only twenty dollars to last him for four years. He remained here until the second term of his Senior year, when, with eight of his class, in the noted Rebellion of ’56, he withdrew from Asbury, and graduated at the State University.

While at college, Dr. Cloud’s favorite studies were Geology and Chemistry, and he pursued an after-graduate course in chemistry and medicine at the University of Kentucky, at Louisville. He received the degree of A.M. from Bloomington, and, in 1871, the same honorary degree from Asbury. For some time Dr. Cloud had charge of a select school at Owensboro; and his rare fund of information, his excellent literary qualities and genial disposition, made it a great success. He was speedily called to the Presidency of Henry Female College, at Newcastle, Kentucky. There is no doubt, had he chosen to follow his course, he would have gained high rank among the best professors and educators of the country. The college was in a most flourishing condition, with one hundred and fifty ladies in attendance, mostly from the South. The breaking out of the war interfered, however, with its further progress; and in 1862 Dr. Cloud left Kentucky and engaged in the retail drug business at Sullivan, Indiana. In 1865 he came to Evansville, and engaged with his brother-in-law, Wm. M. Akin, Esq., in the wholesale drug business, and had complete control of the manufacturing department.

As a practical chemist, Dr. Cloud has enjoyed rare success; while his business ability and manly traits as a gentleman are well recognized in this section. He has followed his favorite study-Chemistry and its kindred subjects-with ardor all his life; but not to the neglect of general literature and history. He is well versed in philological studies, and is a very fine Latin scholar, in particular. Dr. Cloud is an educated man and a gentleman of high worth, and has accomplished much for the educational interests of our city in his responsible position as President of the Board of Education. In ’59 Dr. Cloud was married to Miss Sarah M. Akin, daughter of R. M. Akin, Esq., of Carlisle, Indiana. Three children have been born to them-two daughters and one son-the latter named in honor of the greatest of living scientists of the present generation-Faraday.

*A Special thanks to Brandon Smith for providing the lead for the information above.

Theophilus A. Wylie, 1890,
pp. 216

Hiram Wilbur Cloud, born September 7, 1833, in Henderson, Kentucky. Died May 5, 1875, at Evansville. Educated at Asbury University. Degrees, A. B. and A. M., Indiana University, and from Louisville, Medical College, M. D. 
Occupation, chemist and druggist. Position, Trustee of Indiana University; 
President of Henry Female College, New Castle, Kentucky, President, secretary 
and Treasure of School Board at Evansville, at different periods, for ten 
years. Married Miss Sarah M. Akin, of Bloomington, in 1859.

Clouds Invigorating Cordial (aqua) and Clouds Cordial – Tim Pillow Collection

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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