A question regarding Capuziner Bitters


A question regarding Capuziner Bitters

01 October 2015

Capuziner Bitters (second from left) along with similar colored bottles. – Chris Eib collection

Apple-Touch-IconAIncoming e-mail communication with pictures from Chris Eib regarding Hutching’s Dyspepsia Bitters, Drake’s Plantation Bitters and Capuziner Bitters. Some rather nice pictures of some cool bottles too to support the e-mail.


Hutching’s Dyspepsia Bitters – eBay (Chris Eib)

[CI] Hi Ferdinand, how are you? Since I know you like bitters, I just thought I would point this one (Hutching’s Dyspepsia Bitters) out to you that I have on ebay right now. There’s a chance that you already have one of these, but since they’re rare with the open pontil, there’s also a chance that you don’t. Take care and have a great day. See eBay Listing Best regards, Chris


Hutching’s Dyspepsia Bitters – Meyer Collection

[PRG] Nice example. I have one but always thanks. You never know.


Drake’s Plantation Bitters. Three green drakes including my teal not pictured. One newer pink rose not pictured. – Meyer Collection

[CI] Well, I would have been a bit surprised if you didn’t already have one. I was looking around on Rick’s Bottle Room the other day and saw the great line-up of Drake’s (Plantation Bitters) you have (see above). A fantastic grouping to put it mildly. Such brilliant colors!!


Capuziner Bitters in olive-green – Chris Eib collection

Ferdinand, I’m sure that at some point, you must have seen one of these bottles before, and as far as I’m aware, it was a label only bitters. When I bought it, the tag on it stated that it’s a Capuziner Bitters, but I think it’s supposed to start off with a “K” instead of a “C”. However, I tried to research it a bit further, but I was unable to find any photos of this bottle on-line. I encounter these on occasion but I certainly wouldn’t rate them as common. Maybe you can shed some light on this one? I saw in one of the posts on your site, there’s a photo of a grouping of bitters dose glasses with a Kapuziner shot glass in the center (see below). Do you have any other photos of this bottle and what, if any. information do you have on it? Thanks Ferdinand.

Take care and have a great day.

Regards, Chris

Read: Advertising Bitters Dose (Shot) Glasses in Glass Works Auction #97


Lot 123: (Lot of 7) Etched and Embossed Stemmed Bitters Dose Glasses, (3) ‘Dr. Capias Herb Bitters’, a ‘Polo Club Bitters’, (2) ‘Kapuziner Kloster Bitters’ and a “QUININE BITTERS”, American, ca. 1890 – 1910, all are clear glass, 3″ to 3 1/4″h, tooled rims, all are in perfect condition. The Polo Club is from the Charles Gardner Collection. – Glass Works Auction #97

Capuziner Bitters with a case gin in olive-green – Chris Eib collection

[PRG] Chris. Thanks for the compliment. Added a number of super Drakes to my collection the past few years as that photo is old. Will look into your question. – Ferdinand

Chris, super bottle pictures in extraordinary olive-green colors. All of your pictures are just fantastic. This does look to be a Capuziner Stomach Bitters from Peoria, Illinois in an olive-green coloration. I find the following picture of an amber labeled example in my archives. I’ll look into Ring & Ham when I can get back to my books. The center picture is a is a labeled Kapuziner Kloster Bitters from Chicago. This might be the “K” you are thinking of.

Capuziner Stomach Bitters

A labeled, amber, Capuziner Stomach Bitters (left), The center bottles is a Kapuziner Kloster Bitters, Sandorn’s Kidney and Liver Bitters – Glass Works Auctions

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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