Beriaults Hair Bitters – Hair Bitters Manufacturing Company


Beriaults Hair Bitters – Hair Bitters Manufacturing Company

21 March 2015

Apple-Touch-IconABill Ham recently purchased a collection of primarily labeled bitters that he put on a table for the first time yesterday at the Morro Bay Bottle Show. The Beriaults Hair Bitters caught my attention for a number of reasons such as the use of the bitters for a hair tonic, the label with a man holding a hair piece, the bottle contents and the accompanying packaging hand-stamp for the product. Pretty cool. Obviously a late bitters. Joseph B. Beriaut from Seattle, Washington obtained patent 128,625 for his hair-tonic on January 13th 1920. The product claimed to be for “Removal of all scalp troubles” and asked “Why Wear Anothers Hair?” The business was apparently later called Beriault Laboratories.


“Why wear another’s hair?”

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

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L… Beriaults Hair Bitters\
Hair Bitters Mfg. Co., Seattle, Washington
7 7/8 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 (5 1/2)
Rectangular, clear, Stopper with crown finial, ABM
Label: Why where another man’s hair? A remedy for dandruff, falling hair, slap diseases, A delightful dressing.
Registered U.S. Patent Office 1919.

Beriault’s Hair Bitters advertisement – The Winnipeg Tribune, Wednesday, August 15, 1923


A fully labeled with contents Beriault’s Hair Bitters


Reverse – A fully labeled with contents Beriault’s Hair Bitters


Embossing stamp for Hair Bitters Manufacturing Company


Insert label identifying Hair Bitters Manufacturing Company


Clinic announced for Beriault’s Hair Bitters – The Oregon Daily Journal, Sunday, July 18, 1920

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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