F. Pasquier’s French Hygienic Bitters – Louisville

PasquiersClipped_10F. Pasquier’s French Hygienic Bitters – Louisville

18 December 2013

Apple-Touch-IconAA few of you may have noticed the 1871 advertisement (see below) within the post for the Rivaud’s Imperial Bitters from Louisville, Kentucky the other day. That advertisement listed bitters manufacturers and brands in Louisville including Brady’s Family Bitters, Victor Rivaud’s Imperial Bitters and J. H. Schroeder for Schroeder’s Cocktail Bitters.


Pasquier’s French Hygenic Bitters, F. Pasquier, Louisville City Directory advertisement, 1871

There was also a listing for the extremely rare Pasquiers French Hygienic Bitters. Man-o-man, is this a rare bird. I believe only one example exists and it is held in a Kentucky collection. That bottle is pictured within this post. This might be the bottle that was found in the Chicagio river front area according to Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham in Bitters Bottles. That listing is as follows:

PasquiersR&HP 29  Pasquier’s French Bitters

Francis Pasquier, Market Street, Louisville, Kentucky
10 x 3 (6 3/4)
Triangular, Amber, LTC. Applied mouth, 3 sp, Extremely rare
25 rings decorate body of bottle., 2 rings at base of neck
Louisville City Directory, 1855-83 Francis Pasquier inspector and dealer in foreign and domestic liquors. 1870-78 listed as manufacturers of French Bitters. All business at different numbers on Market Street.
One found in the Chicago river front area.
See: German Wine (G 32) Exact same mold for German Wine Bitters, Charles Schlitz, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. One dug in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Not much is know about Francis Pasquier. I do see a Philadelphia Passenger and Immigration List showing a brig arriving in Philly from Havana in 1810 with a Francis Pasquier. Possibly the father. Stay tuned.

Select Date Milestones

1817: Francis Pasquier born, France

1850: In June, 1850, a hysterical and chlorotic young girl, affected also with anaesthesia, amyosthenia, amenorrhcea, and dyspepsia, was two months in one of Dr. Eostan’s wards, vomiting every day almost all the solids and fluids which she was prevailed upon to swallow. Iron, it is remarkable, had been prescribed in vain, as well as many other substaoces, and only pills of oxide of zinc had appeared to do a little good.

Chance having led me to examine this patient, the eminent physician of the Hotel Dieu kindly allowed me to try my treatment. I begun by ascertaining the suitable metal, and it proved to be brass, in plates. Afterward the Committee of the Academy, many distinguished physicians, Drs. Jobert (de Lamballe), Hourteloup, Pasquier, Beau, Tardieu, and Gosselin, whom I had assembled to witness the power of the metals on sensibility and motility, and Dr. Eostan himself, and his numerous clinical pupils, had satisfied themselves that this metal, applied experimentally, removed the anaesthesia and analgesia at the spot of its application and nowhere else. – The Richmond and Louisville Medical Journal, 1881

1859: F. Pasquier advertisement noting a Dr. Raspail’s celebrated Higiene Bitters. Possibly a predecessor to the French Hygienic Bitters – Louisville Daily Courier, June 1, 1859


F. Pasquier advertisement noting a Dr. Raspail’s celebrated Higiene Bitters. Possibly a predecessor to the French Hygienic Bitters – Louisville Daily Courier, June 1, 1859

1860: F. Pasquier (43 years old), liquor merchant, wife Mary from Germany (24 years old), daughter Mary (2 years old), Louisville, Ward 6, Kentucky, born in France, 1860 United States Federal Census

1861: Wines and Liquors, Retail & Wholesale, Francis Pasquier, 515 E. Market, Louisville City Directory

1865: F. Pasquire, Wines & Liquors wholesale, ss Market, bet. 5th & 6th, Louisville City Directory

1870: F. Pasquier (49 Years Old, Female), manufacturer of stomach bitters, Louisville, Kentucky, born in France, 1870 United States Federal Census

1870: Bitters, F. Pasquier, 293 W. Market, Louisville City Directory

1870: F. Pasquier, mnfr. French Bitters, 293 W. Market, bds. ss. Market, bet. 5th and 6th,  Louisville City Directory

1871: Pasquier’s French Hygenic Bitters, F. Pasquier, Louisville City Directory advertisement, 1871


Pasquier’s French Hygenic Bitters, F. Pasquier, Louisville City Directory advertisement, 1871

1873: Bitters Manufacturer, F. Pasquier, 390 Main, nr 10th, Louisville City Directory

1875: Bitters Manufacturer, F. Pasquier, 652 Market, nr 16th, Louisville City Directory

1880: Francis Pasquier, r. 465 Portland Ave., nr. 21st, Louisville City Directory

1881: F. Pasquier, r. 38 1/2 Main, nr 2nd, Louisville City Directory

1883-1885: F. Pasquier, porter A. Rassinier & Co.,, nw cor 1st., Louisville City Directory

1893: Francis Pasquier, lab, r 310 3rd, Louisville City 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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