Fleckenstein & Mayer, Damiana Bitters & Persian Sherbet


Fleckenstein & Mayer, Damiana Bitters & Persian Sherbet

09 January 2015

Apple-Touch-IconABen Cameron sent me the two pictures at the top of the post showing some type of a decorative pitcher with FLECKENSTEIN MAYER CO. and PORTLAND, ORE. writing. We have talked and written about Henry Fleckenstein and S. Julius Mayer before.

Read: Incredible and Rare Western Flask – “Fleckenstein & Mayer, (monogram), Portland, O.”

Read: Early Damiana Bitters or is something wrong here?


Duncan & Miller Glass Company location in Washington, Pennsylvania.

Ben adds that the piece is not pontiled and that a friend told him, “This Victorian pattern glass is called “Button Arches”, and was made by Duncan & Miller Glass Co., ca. 1898. Don’t know about that but it’s a beautiful piece from German merchants in Portland that had a relationship to Damiana Bitters. I like that. The advertisement below is from 1880. We will do a special post on this brand in the near future.


Fleckenstein & Mayer, Portland, Oregon, Sole Agents for Damiana Bitters – Morning Oregonian, Friday, January 16, 1880

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

DAMIANA BITTERS // BAJA CALIFORNIA // // s // MANUF’R // LEWIS HESS // // b // 8-pointed star
11 3/4 x 2 3/4 (6 1/2)
Round, LTCR, Aqua, Applied and Tooled lip, 2 and 4 piece mold, Common
Star on base of this brand is 3/4 inch diameter on brand without shoulder lettering the star is 1 1/8 inch
Trade Cards: Principal Office, 317 Broadway, New York. Same company produced Damiana Wafers in pink for men and white for women..

Damiana Bitters – Meyer Collection


Labeled Damiana Bitters at the 2012 Houston Antique Bottle Show – Dan Cowman


Damiana Bitters advertising trade card – Meyer Collection

This post is called Fleckenstein & Mayer, Damiana Bitters & Persian Sherbet. Persian Sherbet you say? Fleckenstein & Mayer advertised this “Cooling and Refreshing Beverage” in 1885 as you can see from the advertisement below.

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Persian Sherbet, Fleckenstein & Mayer – Morning Oregonian, Wednesday July 1, 1885

I just like this example of subliminal sherbet advertising. I’m excited for two scoops!


Swift’s Pink Lemonade Sherbet (subliminal advertising ya think?)


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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