Alfred French Perry and his Anti Bilious Bitters


Alfred French Perry and his Anti Bilious Bitters

23 April 2014 (R•042514)

Downtown Elm Street scene, Manchester, New Hampshire, circa late 1800’s

Apple-Touch-IconAYet another, very nice, labeled bitters from Manchester, New Hampshire submitted by Brandon DeWolfe. The Perry’s Anti Bilious Bitters is an unlisted brand I am unfamiliar with but feel akin since I spent some time in Manchester last July for the 2013 FOHBC National Antique Bottle Show. By the way, this labeled bitters goes along with the previous Tuft’s Tonic Bitters (Plymouth)Annabel’s Mandrake Bitters (Colebrook and Nashua), Russell’s Alterative and Tonic Bitters (Nashua) and Dr. Stephen Jewett’s Tonic Bitters (Rindge) New Hampshire bitters posts. Might as well cover the state this month.


A.F. Perry, Apothecary

Alfred French Perry was a druggist who owned an Apothecary in Manchester, New Hampshire, pretty much his entire working career. According to Federal Census records, Perry was born in Amherst, New Hampshire 0n 17 March 1821. His father was Ebenezer Perry and his mother was Bridget Greely. His wife was Harriet Gage (married 15 December 1853) and they had three children (Bayard Taylor, Samuel Sinclair and Charles A.). Perry was a Liberal Republican who once held a large political rally in Manchester and had Horace Greeley, the famous American newspaper editor, stay at his house as a guest. Perry died in Manchester on 24 November 1904 from senility and pneumonia.


Label detail Perry’s Anti Bilious Bitters – DeWolfe Collection

I could not find any trade cards or other advertising material for A. F. Perry, Apothecary and Chemist or his Anti Bilious Bitters which was priced at Fifty Cents a bottle. Brandon does note that this is the same guy that has the Perry’s Spinal Lotion and Perry’s Magnetic Wine bottles.


Perry’s Magnetic Wine of Iron Manchester N.H. – Matt’s Collectibles

A rare bird, so to speak. This bottle has been listed in the Ring & Ham Bitters Bottles Supplement 2 as: 

P 60.5 L… Perry’s AntiBilious Bitters
A. F. Perry. Apothecary and Chemist, Manchester, N.H.
8 5/8
Oval strap side flask, Amber, NSC, Tooled lip

Select Timeline Events

1854-1856: Alfred F. Perry, Apothecary, Elm, cor. Merrimac, house 2 High – The Manchester, New Hampshire Directory

1866 – 1871: Alfred F. Perry, Apothecary, Martin’s Block, Elm cor Lowell, house 2 Prospect – The Manchester, New Hampshire Directory

1872-1875: Manchester: A. F. Perry, Apothecary, Elm, Corner Lowell – The Merrimack River Directory

1879 – 1884: Alfred F. Perry, Apothecary, 1089 Elm, house 155 Myrtle – The Manchester, New Hampshire Directory

1886-1904: Alfred F. Perry, house 155 Myrtle – The Manchester, New Hampshire Directory


Alfred French Perry

Thanks to Marianne Dow for A.F. Perry Apothecary image

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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