Daily Dose | February 2016

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Monday, 29 February 2016

From Ken Previtali” Speaking of Balto, found this for you in my travels: http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/eaa_A0427/

Read: Baltimore’s Iron Bitters – Brown Chemical Company



Friday, 26 February 2016


Headed back to Houston on an early bird from DC. Lots to do. Just so much beauty in these historically significant pieces that are not complete. I would much rather imagine than see a replica. (partial amber Liberty Eagle historical flask – Chris Rowell, sapphire blue reconstructed Leriemondies Southern Bitters, reconstructed early American glass picture and witch ball and of course, the Venus de Milo (Aphrodite of Milos) at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. Click Image to Enlarge.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Leaving for Washington D.C. later this morn for business. Thought I would post this pic of a Professor Byrne’s Stomach Bitters with a metal closure and porcelain stopper which reads “Amanda Miller / Germantown, PA.”. Extremely rare. Strong mold impression. Unlisted color. In Hecklers next Auction #133

ByrnesCappedSCA_HecklerTuesday, 23 February 2016



Hey Guys, here is what I am told is an unlisted bitters. I saw it this week end at Rick’s house (Rick Carney, Brunswick Maine). It is a very dark amber. Hard to get a good photo of it. I will be writing a story on his taking broken bottles and saving them into art. I am inclosing a photo of his work as well.

Jim (Bender)

PRG: Carney’s Tonic Bitters is C 56 and pictured in Bitters Bottles Supplement.


Saturday, 20 February 2016

David Jackson snags this killer XR Texas Blood Purifier and Tonic Bitters, San Antonio, Texas. Rare as hens teeth! Read: Texas Bitters List A different variant than I have seen before too. See David Cole example further below.



Friday, 19 February 2016

Here is the Senour’s Calisaya Bitters cleaned. See Mondays post.

Senour's Calisaya Bitters_s

Monday, 15 February 2016



A great privy,…on a cold day. A lot of good stuff … and a bitters I’ve never seen … Senour’s Calisaya Bitters – Bill Yablonski

Dr J Ashbaugh's plant and root bitters Pittsburgh PA1

Dr J Ashbaugh's plant and root bitters Pittsburgh PA2

Dr. J. Ashbaugh’s Plant and Root Bitters from Pittsburgh PA posted by Aaron Weyand on Antique Bitters Bottles Facebook page.

Sunday (Superbowl), 07 February 2016


Bill Ham notes a rare variant that he has never seen and is not listed. eBay
222013193872. Just sold.

M 144.5  MOULTON’S (au) OLOROSO / BITTERS // TRADE MARK (au) motif pineapple
8 5/8
Round with fluted neck and at base, Aqua, LTCR, Applied mouth. Extremely rare
Dug from a construction site in Brooksville, Mississippi.

Saturday, 06 February 2016

Reference to a possibly unlisted bitters. The O. K. Bitters put out by The O. K. Bitters Company | Dr. Kennard & Company. A notice below to exempt the product from the whisky tax. From The Courier Journal (Frankfort, Kentucky), Tuesday, March 21, 1882.

KennardOK Bitters_The_Courier_Journal_Tue__Mar_21__1882_

Friday, 05 February 2016

Hey Ferd, here is a nice Old Dr.Townsend’s Sarsaparilla New York I found in my travels of late. It is beautiful. Numbers on bottle and base are my inventory numbers. I don’t know what variant it is as I don’t specialize in Townsends. Perhaps one of the Townsend collectors will let me know at tropicalbreezes@verizon.net. Best Regards Ferd, Gary Beatty


PRG: Gary, I posted on PRG Facebook. Rick Ciralli will respond. Rick is the keeper of The Many Molds of Townsend’s Sarsaparilla Facebook page and is our go-to guy here.

Rick Ciralli: Ferd tell Gary this is the ODJT4 mold previously featured in a past issue of AB&GC magazine. Nice bottle.


Thursday, 04 February 2016

Working on a series of Western bottle articles in BOTTLES and EXTRAS from prominent western collector Steve Abbott leading up to the FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo. Here are a couple of cool teaser pics.

cutter fifth with label


Wednesday, 03 February 2016


Really cool Jockey Club House bitters package on ebay right now. Steve Ketcham posted this.

Tuesday, 02 February 2016ArcadeHoustonFlask_10[Received yesterday] Ferdinand, I hope all is well with you. Thought you might like to see this recent (dug yesterday) local find. There are records of an Arcade Saloon in Houston all the way back to the 1830’s…this bottle is probably from 1900-1910 or so. Best Regards, Brandon DeWolfe, P.E (Houston)

Monday, 01 February 2016


Off to Tampa here shortly. Earlier today I updated the Charles Lediard and his Liquor Products in anticipation of an article I am writing for the May June issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS.


Pinkerton’s liquor store and Wahoo Bitters manufactory destroyed by fire – New York Daily Reformer (Watertown, N.Y.), Thursday Evening, October 5, 1865 (added by Corey Stock)

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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