Chattanooga National Bitters Spotting


Chattanooga National Bitters Spotting

19 August 2015 (R•082015)

Apple-Touch-IconAAs busy as I was at the FOHBC 2015 Chattanooga National Antique Bottle Show, I certainly had the opportunity to see some nice bitters on the floor, under the tables, in the displays, in the auction and in some hotel rooms. I thought I would lasso a few for your enjoyment. Many of these were southern bitters as this was our Southern Region show.

*All photographs by Mallory Boyle unless otherwise noted.


Chat_70 Loveridge

Rolling Thunder Auction. Lot #70: E. DEXTER LOVERIDGE/WAHOO BITTERS (on 2 panels), embossed eagle with arrow and label, full label on 4th panel, embossed on roof DWD/PATD/XXX/1863, (Ring/Ham L-126), 10” tall x 3” square, applied collared mouth, nice medium amber, original foil and cork, both labels are 95%, mint condition—as good as they come. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000. Purchased by Brad Francis for $4,300 not including auction house premium. Photograph Daniel Auctions

Chat_81 OOSB

Rolling Thunder Auction. Lot #81: SOUTHERN/BITTERS/C.H. EBBERT & CO./DEPOT/MEMPHIS, TENN., (Ring/Ham, O-94.5), applied sloping collared top, square, 9.5” tall x 3”, nice medium amber, a rare southern bitters, near mint condition (couple of high point wear spots on label panel). Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Sold for $6,400 not including auction house premium. Photograph Daniel Auctions


Rolling Thunder Auction. Lot #41: KIMBALL’S/JAUNDICE/BITTERS/TROY, N.H., (Ring/Ham, K-2), 7” tall x 3” wide x 1.75” deep, applied sloping top, medium Stoddard amber, improved pontil, mint condition — super example. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000. Sold for $800 not including auction house premium to FM5. Photograph Daniel Auctions

Chat_74 LoveridgeMem2

Rolling Thunder Auction. Lot #74: Loveridge Business Ephemera – Carte de Visite photo of Loveridge building, letterhead, envelopes, other early photos, ink blotters, etc. Lot. Estimate: $500-$1,000. Sold for $1,300 not including auction house premium. Photograph Daniel Auctions

ChatAuction_73 Hat&Cane

Rolling Thunder Auction. Lot #73: E. Dexter Loveridge Items – beaver skin top hat, 1864 tin type photo of him wearing top hat, his walking cane (engraved coin silver handle cap) with concealed knife, 13 x 17”, near mint condition. Lot of 3 Estimate: $500-$1,000. Sold for $3,500 not including auction house premium. Photograph Daniel Auctions


Rolling Thunder Auction. Lot #71: Wahoo Bitters by E. Dexter Loveridge Great Indian Remedy, Paper Sign, litho by Gies & Co. Buffalo, NY, framed In Victorian-era frame, absolutely beautiful, a great addition to any bitters or early advertising collection, 13 x 17”, near mint condition. Estimate: $500-$1,000. Sold for $6,800 plus auction house premium. Photograph Daniel Auctions



Great Southern Bottles Group Display organized by Tom Lines. Dr. Leriemondie’s Southern Bitters (Ring/Ham, L-77), pontiled, known to be from Brookhaven, Mississippi but not marked. Collection of Dr. Charles Aprill (New Orleans, La.). Also First Place Winner (tie) in the Battle of Chattanooga “Best Bottle South of the Mason Dixon Line” category.


Great Southern Bottles Group Display. Left to right standing three great Savannah, Georgia bitters. Lippman’s Great German Bitters (Ring/Ham L-99), Solomon’s Strengthening & Invigorating Bitters (Ring/Ham S-139) and Arabian Bitters (Ring/Ham A-80).


Tennessee Bottles Group Display. Organizer Ed Provine. Highland Bitters and Scotch Tonic (Ring/Ham H-117) figural barrel and Victory Tonic Bitters (Ring/Ham V-20).


Tennessee Bottles Group Display. Fine Apple Bitters from Nashville, Tennessee. Our Own Southern Bitters represented on left.


Tennessee Bottles Group Display. Left to right (full image bottles) Cumberland Bitters (Nashville) (Ring/Ham C-256), Highland Bitters and Scotch Tonic figural barrel (Ring/Ham H-117), Wiggs Bros, Memphis, Tenn. figural cabin and a Genl Frank Cheatam’s Bitters (Nashville) (Ring/Ham C-136).


Great Southern Bottles Group Display. Two Tutt’s Golden Eagle Bitters (Augusta, Georgia), (Ring/Ham T-71). Photograph Ferdinand Meyer



Miscellaneous bitters grouping – Lou Holis table


Dr. J. Hostetter’s Stomach Bitters – Peter & Jon Zimbelman table


Miscellaneous bitters grouping – Lou Holis table


Argyle Bitters (New Orleans, La.) (Ring/Ham A-83) and a J T Wiggin’s Gentian Bitters (Ring/Ham W-108.3) (1 of 3 known, 2 in Meyer collection) – Meyer Table


Some excellent bitters that were on sale and will probably be headed to an auction house. Three tables full! Peter & Jon Zimbelman table. Photo by Ferdinand Meyer.


More figural bitters from the same table as noted above. Peter & Jon Zimbelman table


A couple of Fish figural bitters and bottles. Connie & Dennis Hill table.


Extremely rare Rivaud’s Imperial Bitters (Louisville, Ky.) (Ring/Ham R-69) Photograph Ferdinand Meyer


E. Dexter Loveridge’s Wahoo Bitters in yellow green (Ring/Ham L-126). Saw this baby last year. Believe is was consigned to an auction house at the show. Photograph Ferdinand Meyer


Toneco Bitters (Ring/Ham T-37) in a blue purple, prob been nuked. Usually clear. For $50 why not? Photograph Ferdinand Meyer


Kathy Gray watching over some nice bitters.



Left, extremely rare blue green Dr. Gilbert’s Rock and Rye Stomach Bitters (Ring/Ham G0-40) and an extraordinary green Russ’ St. Domingo Bitters (Ring/Ham R-125). Both Gary Beatty collection recently from the collection of Howard Crowe. Photograph Ferdinand Meyer


Large size, open pontil, Old Sachems Bitters and Wigwam Tonic (Ring/Ham O-46). Meyer table. Ex: Elmer Smith Collection


Extremely rare Winfrees Bitters (Petersburg, Va.) (Ring/Ham W-137). Photograph Ferdinand Meyer


Extremely rare H. N. Winfrees Aromatic Stomach Bitters (Chester, Va.) (Ring/Ham W-136). Photograph Ferdinand Meyer


Extremely rare Missouri IXL Bitters (Ring/Ham M 104.5) – Shultis Collection. Photograph Ferdinand Meyer

Hotel Rooms


Upper floor of the Marriott Downtown Hotel. Left to right: Dr. Harter’s Wild Cherry Bitters, Baker’s Orange Grove Bitters, Moulton’s Oloroso Bitters. green ladies leg, OK Plantation Bitters, London Jockey Gin and an American Life Bitters (Tiffin, Ohio variant) – Jerry Forbes Collection

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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One Response to Chattanooga National Bitters Spotting

  1. Warren Friedrich says:

    Really fantastic to get a glimpse of some very rare bitters! Thanks for sharing.

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