An unlisted Indian Queen Bitters?


An unlisted Indian Queen Bitters?

by James Viguerie

13 February 2014 (R•040819)

OK, maybe it is listed. This ebay listing might be Ring & Ham I 21 in Bitters Bottles, or a slight variation of it. Too bad it is not an unlisted figural variation. This one looks like it is from Pittston, Pennsylvania and not Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania as is noted in I 21 (see below).

The listing may want to be updated in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2.

I 21  L … Indian Queen Bitters
// I // CAP. 21 3/4 OZ // c //
Metropole Drug Company, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Pittston, Pennsylvania
Round, Clear, ABM
Tonics Were Cocktails, Metropole Drug Co. – Oil, Paint and Drug Reporter, 1921

I did a quick check on the Metropole Drug Company. They had some trouble with the law in 1921. It seems they exceeded the allowed alcohol level being that Prohibition was in effect. I wonder what the level was…?


Tonics Were Cocktails – Oil, Paint and Drug Reporter, 1921

Their legal problems did not stop them from submitting a couple of patents a few years later. They had patent 151,279 for a General tonic on November 20, 1923.


Metropole Drug Company, General Tonic patent 151,279 – United States Patent Office, 1923

And patent 180,243 for a Tonic on February 26, 1924


General Tonic patent 180,243, Metropole Drug Company – Index of Patents Issued From the United States Patent Office, 1924


Detail of cork. Notice the Indian wrapper piece. – ebay

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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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