Ezekial Porter Eastman and his Yellow Dock Bitters


Ezekial Porter Eastman and his Yellow Dock Bitters

It came as no surprise – to his sisters – that Ezekiel also decided to bottle a medicine made of yellow dock root. He arranged to have the bitters manufactured by Joseph P. Hill, a barber in Lynn.

An Old and Bitter Story Teller
17 May 2014

Apple-Touch-IconAWow, here is another fantastic bitters in the current Heckler Auction 110 that is online now. I’ve heard about this baby and here she is. How exciting. The Yellow Dock Bitters is a very early, pontiled, aqua medicine put out by Dr. Ezekial Porter Eastman in Lynn, Massachusetts. He patented the concoction in 1852. The Heckler write-up is as follows. All pictures are from the auction.

Lot: 49 “Dr. E. P. Eastman’s / Yellow Dock / Bitters / Lynn Mass.” Bitters Bottle, America, 1845-1860. Rectangular with beveled corners, aquamarine, applied sloping collared mouth – iron pontil mark, ht. 7 3/4 inches; (professionally cleaned to original lustre). R/H #E-14 Extremely rare. Whittled and crude.


Dr. E. P. Eastman’s / Yellow Dock / Bitters / Lynn Mass. – Heckler Auction 110


Dr. E. P. Eastman’s / Yellow Dock / Bitters / Lynn Mass. – Heckler Auction 110

The Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles is as follows:

YellowDockDrawingE 14


L… Dr. Eastman’s Celebrated Yellow Dock Bitters
E. P. Eastman, M.D., Manufactured by J. B. Hill, Lynn, Mass.
7 3/4 x 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 (5 1/8) 7/8
Recangular, Aqua, LTC, Applied mouth, Metallic pontil mark, Extremely rare
Label: Prepared from Yellow Dock, thoroughwort & c. Made purely from vegetables. Patented in 1852.

Many times I must start from scratch to find out the story behind the bottles I enjoy so much. In this case, I was really pleased to find a wonderful article by Andrew V. Rapoza from Bottles and Extras in 2006. Well done Andrew. Click article to read.


Read: An Old and Bitter Story Teller

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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