King’s Hop Bitters added to Florida Collection
03 January 2014
I received an e-mail from Lou Holis (Lake Alfred, Florida) regarding a potentially unlisted or at least, extremely rare bitters. I wanted to congratulate Lou on his find and the rather nice pictures he sent to represent the bottle. Always something exciting happening in the bitters world.
Hi – I have the Ring and Ham book but not the Supplement. Just wondering if they list 2 sizes for this rare one that is 6 1/4″ tall by 2 1/4″ wide by 1 1/2″ deep with an applied ring top. Have found nothing on this bottle on the web, just Worthpoint had the 8 1/8″ variant listed. Bought it on ebay, Buy It Now Option where most bottles are found. It was a UK seller. The bottle will be at the Suncoast Antique Bottle Show & Sale on the 11th of January. Have a great day.
Lou Holis (Lake Alfred, Florida)
PS: The bottle was dug on an 1880s-1890s refuse tip in Dorchester Dorset in 2005. It was the only example that was found and the whole site was excavated. It was a filled in chalk pit and a housing development now covers the site.
The Bitters Bottles Supplement lists K 53.4 for the 6 1/4″ size example that you hold. It is listed as extremely rare and an English bitters. The K 53.5 is listed in the original book as 8 1/8″ tall by 3″ x 2″. In both cases, I see that I do not have examples in my collection. Searching online, I do see the example you mention being sold previously and the K 53.4, smaller size, being sold by Alan Blakeman and BBR Auctions.
This is a tough one to track information on as the bottle has no label and I can find no advertising. Maybe this post will flush out some information.