Greene’s Lupuline Bitters – Watertown, N.Y.
The Great Regulator of the Stomach, Liver and Kidney
17 November 2013
Over on the facebook Bottle Collectors page, Gordon Myers posted a really nice example of a labeled Greene’s Lupuline Bitters from Watertown, New York. I wasn’t familiar with this bottle and feel it is unlisted in the Ring and Ham Bitters Bottles books. There is however, a listing for a Anti Bilious or Tonic Bitters by C. F. Greene in Rome, New York. The same Greene.
A 72 ANTI BILIOUS OR TONIC BITTERS
sp // ANTI BILIOUS OR / TONIC BITTERS // f // C. F. GREENE / ROME NEW YORK //
8 1/4 x 3 1/8 x 2 1/8 (6 1/2) 3/8
Rectaungular, Amber, NSC, Applied mouth, Very rare
First of all, Lupulin is the glandular powder separated from the strobiles of the Humulus lupulus (hops) plant. It has sedative effects on the body and mind and stimulates sleep. This powder is separated by beating or rubbing the strobiles of hops, and then sifting them. The sifting is necessary to remove the broken bracts and other vegetable parts. About 10 per cent of lupulin is thus obtained from the dried hops. The powder is bright brownish-yellow and become resinous. Lupulin is chemically related to THC. Lupulin has the odor and common taste of hop.
The earliest I can find a C. F. Greene listing is 1863 in Rome, New York. Greene was a wholesale and retail druggist. The Anti-Bilious or Tonic Bitters was produced in Rome. In 1891, Greene shows up in Watertown selling patent medicines. The labeled Greene’s Lupuline Bitters was produced after this date. In 1905, it is C. F. Greene & Son in Watertown.
Representative Timeline Events
1863: Druggists, C. F. Greene, 38 Dominick, Rome, NY, Directory Listing
1866: Newspaper advertisement, C. F. Greene Wholesale and Retail Druggist, No 38 Dominick St, Rome, N. Y. – Roman Citizen, 1866
1885: C. F. Greene, Rome (NY) City Directory
1891: C F Greene, patent medicines, h 23 Coffeen, Watertown City Directory
1905, 1906: Proprietary Medicines – C F Greene & Son, 132 Park av, Watertown City Directory
1908: Dr. C. R. F. Greene, Physician and Surgeon, 1025 Park, h do, Peekskill, NY Directory (could be related)