Author Fiedler and my Boston Hops Bitters


Author Fiedler and my Boston Hops Bitters

03 May 2014

Apple-Touch-IconATwo of my grandkids are with their father this weekend, the third is competing with her horses in some nearby town, my wife is out doing her thing, the weather is perfect, our six dogs are nearby playing and napping and I’m back in the saddle (in town) at Peach Ridge playing with my bottles. Life is good in Texas.

BostonHopBitters_10 I have a couple of bottle boxes that I have not opened simply because I have been away and it is a ritual for me to receive, review and place a new specimen on my shelves. It’s a “moon and stars gotta be in alignment thing”. Feng Shui plays into it too and I even think my old Chinese geomancer compass is pointing in the right direction. A geomancer’s compass was used in China to determine the most auspicious positioning for burial sites or buildings of different sorts. It was also used to select the best times and locations for important events like looking at new bottles. Everything has to be perfect. As I said, no distractions, sunlight has to be great, good music and a glass of vino helps. Even color plays in to my mood, hence the typography color in this post.

GeomancerBH In this case I was just listening to Arthur Fiedler and his Boston Pops while admiring my new and extremely rare, Boston Hops Bitters. Hey, I can still be goofy whether I am alone or not. Anyway here is the bottle description and pictures from Glass Works Auctions.

143. “BOSTON / BOSTON / HOP BITTERS” (inside an American Flag) – “HOP – BITTERS – BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, B-163.5), Australian, ca. 1870 – 1880, reddish amber semi-cabin, 9 5/8”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth. Cleaned to its original luster but retains some minor ground imperfections. A very rare bottle in an unlisted color!

BostonHopBitters_GWA The Carlyn Ring and Bill Ham listing in the Bitters Bottle Supplement is as follows:

B 163.5  Boston Hop Bitters

BOSTON / HOP BITTERS (in American Flag) // sp // sp // sp // // s // BOSTON // HOP // BITTERS // BITTERS // 9 3/4 x 2 3/4 (6) Square semi cabin, LTC, Applied mouth; Cobalt Blue and Olive green, Extremely rare; Amber, Very rare An Australian bitters.

Looking more closely at bottles is so important as I did not realize or had forgotten that this bottle also came in cobalt blue, olive green and many other colors. Don’t you need three to say you have a color run. Right up my alley. The hunt is on. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  BHBGreen

Please visit this wonderful link for more information on Boston Hop Bitters and more information on the blue and green examples.


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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