Our Own Southern Bitters – Memphis


Our Own Southern Bitters Memphis

26 January 2014 (03 April 2014 Bottle Pictures Added from Russel Poole) (R•092115)


Filling the hole in, Stumpy, I mean Buddy, finds this stump for filler! We didn’t get as many pictures as we wanted but after going 26 feet in this one, we only found about 12 bottles – about 5 beveled edge snuff, 3 nice Ginger Beers, J.W. Bull’s Cough Syrup, an early Doll Head, and the one that got away was a super rare bitters from Memphis; “Our Own Southern Bitters // C. H. Ebbert & Co”. What a crying shame. The hole didn’t go like we wanted it but maybe we’ll get a great one next week!


Apple-Touch-IconAWhile tracking down John Parham Dromgoole (English Female Bitters) yesterday, who spent some time in Memphis, I came across this really neat 1867 advertisement for Our Own Southern Bitters (see below) put out by C.H. Ebbert & Co. The Stonewall Jackson art is crisp and strong. I wasn’t familiar with the brand but see that Carlyn Ring and Bill Ham have designated it as O 94.5 in Bitters Bottles and said it was a labeled, square bitters.

The Memphis boys put this as No. 11 on their “Hope to Find List” and said, “A very rare bitters from Memphis. On the panels ‘O O S B’. There were two different molds for this bitters; a paneled and a non-paneled.” I hope one of them reads this and can get me some pictures of this rare bird. This brand wasn’t aground long, probably just in 1866 and 1867.


Our Own Southern Bitters C. H. Ebbert & Co. advertisement – Debow’s Review: Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial Progress and Resources – J. D. B. DeBow., 1867


Ebbert CoPartnership Notice – Memphis Daily Appeal, 02 December 1865



The new listing by Bill Ham for the forthcoming Bitters Bottles Supplement 2:

O 94.5  S (in circle pattern) / (motif-wreath ) / B (in circle
pattern) // DEPOT / MEMPHIS TENN // f // C. H. EBERT & CO //
L . . . Our Own Southern Bitters
9 3/8 x 2 3Ž4 (7) 1Ž4
Square, Amber, LTC, Applied mouth, Extremely rare
Chat_81 OOSB

Eric McGuire example that sold at the 2015 FOHBC Chattanooga National Antique Bottle Show “Rolling Thunder” Auction.

Select Timeline:

1865: A. H. Davis sells his interests to C. H. Ebbert. Ebbert starts a Wholesale Liquor and Rectfying Business with John F. Cameron and Benjmin F. Folger (see notice above).
1865: C. H. Ebert & Co. (spelled incorrectly), wh liquor dealers, 324 second – Memphis City Directory
1866: C. H. Ebbert & Co. (Charles H. Ebbert and Aaron H. Davies), rectifiers, 342 Second, Memphis City Directory
1867-1868: Charles H. Ebbert, (C. H. Ebbert & Co.) r Vance, ne cor Orleans (Charles H. Ebbert, John F. Cameron and Benjmin F. Folger) wholesale liquor dealers and rectifiers, and proprietors “Our own Southern Bitters”, 342 and 344 Second – Halpin City Directory of Memphis, Tenn



Ebbert Saloon advertisement, Alfred J. Ebbert – 1865 Memphis City Directory Not sure of a relationship but I bet it is there.


Our Own Southern Bitters advertisementThe Bolivar Bulletin (Tenn), July 21, 1866


Our Own Stomach Bitters advertisementMemphis Daily Appeal, 15 August 1867

Read More: Hot on the trail of the elusive O.O.S.B.

Read: More on C.H. Ebbert & Co’s OUR OWN SOUTHERN BITTERS

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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