Fleckenstein & Mayer, Damiana Bitters & Persian Sherbet
09 January 2015
Ben 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.
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.
The Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles is as follows:
D 5 DAMIANA BITTERS
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..
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.
I just like this example of subliminal sherbet advertising. I’m excited for two scoops!