Jackson’s Aromatic Life Bitters


Jackson’s Aromatic Life Bitters

10 July 2014 (R•090918)


Apple-Touch-IconAEarlier today, I put up a post on the (Thuringer) Aromatic Stomach Bitters. It got me thinking of the great, Jackson’s Aromatic Life Bitters. Somewhat similar, I though I would sequence them up and look at some Jackson examples today. My dark yellow olive example (pictured above) has a smooth base, applied sloping collar mouth and is crude glass that is full of seed bubbles. It is somewhat lighter than other examples that I have seen. It is also ex. Carlyn Ring. There are two different dark olive green examples pictured below.

I’m afraid I have no clue where this bottles is from or what the story is with it. I am suspecting New York. I doubt it is related to Jackson’s Stonewall Bitters.

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

9 3/4 x 2 1/2 (6 1/2) 3/8
Rectangular, Dark olive green and Dark yellow olive, LTC,
Applied mouth, 3 sp, Very rare 

Another Jackson’s Aromatic Life Bitters in a slightly different shade of green.


Jackson’s Aromatic Life Bitters in a deep olive green – GreatAntiqueBottles.com

So who is Jackson?

  1. As I mentioned, I doubt it is related to Jackson’s Stonewall Bitters.
  2. It could be Dr. C.M. Jackson, the man responsible for first marketing and selling Dr. Hoofland’s Celebrated German Bitters in Philadelphia in 1850. The glass looks right and the bottle shape is similar to the early aqua Dr. Hoofland’s German Bitters.
  3. There is reference to an Aromatic Life Bitters being sold by Fisher & Heinitsh in Columbia, South Carolina in 1868. No mention of Jackson though.
  4. Could be James A. Jackson who initially developed The Home Bitters in St. Louis in 1870.
  5. Chris Bubash has recently found reference to a Dr. Jackson’s Aromatic Life Bitters being sold in Illinois in 1855 and a Dr. J.B Jackson which prompted this post update in 2018. Here are a few support pieces he found. Not sure if it is the same guy. The glass sure does not look like Chicago or St. Louis glass. We need to reference Bottled in Illinois.

Dr. Jackson’s Aromatic Life Bitters being sold at George A. Miller on Hampshire Street in Quincy Illinois – Hoffman’s Quincy Commercial Directory, 1855

Dr. Jackson’s Aromatic Life Bitters being sold at B. A. Carpenter & Co. in Alton, Illinois – Alton Weekly Telegraph, 1856

Dr. J. B. Jackson in Upper Alton, Illinois – Alton Weekly Telegraph, 1856

Dr. Jackson’s Aromatic Bitters being sold at Cook’s Family Drug Store in Rock Island, Illinois – Rock Island Argus, 1857

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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1 Response to Jackson’s Aromatic Life Bitters

  1. sandchip says:

    Lord, I miss that bottle, Ferd!

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