Loveridge’s Wahoo Bitters Jug – Buffalo N.Y.


Loveridge’s Wahoo Bitters Jug – Buffalo N.Y.

13 August 2014 (R•092514)

Apple-Touch-IconAMike Malanowsi from Albion, New York pulled me over to his dealer table at the Lexington National and uncovered this fantastic stoneware jug inscribed LOVERIDGE’S WAHOO BITTERS BUFFALO N.Y. What makes this even more exciting is the blue glaze Indian headdress decoration on the front. An exquisite piece that I have not seen before. I snapped a few shots and cropped for viewing.

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Two Gallon Saltglaze Stoneware Handled Jug, ‘2 / Loveridge’s / Wahoo Bitters / Buffalo, N.Y.’ (impressed on the shoulder), (Ring/Ham, pg. 363), New York, ca. 1870 – 1880, cream color jug with a dark cobalt blue Indian head dress, a cobalt blue wash is over the impressed lettering, 14 3/8”h, handled. – Glass Works Auctions #104

A minor chip on the side of the lip has been repaired, and several glaze ‘drips’ are on the front. Extremely rare. This is the example used in the Ring/Ham book. The Indian head dress decoration is appropriate as labeled bottles, and advertisements show full standing Indians. Notice the similarity between the cobalt decoration on the jug and the head dress on the Native American in the photograph below. – GWA


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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