French Aromatique – The Finest Stomach Bitters


French Aromatique – The Finest Stomach Bitters

23 February 2016 (Updated)

Apple-Touch-IconAI get quite a few neat bitters emails from Gary Beatty (North Port, Florida) that always get me thinking and admiring. Let’s take a moment to look at his French Aromatique Stomach Bitters with the backwards “Q”. I have an example too that I picked up on eBay in 2006 from bitters guru Mark Warne. Here is Gary’s email below and pictures (top of post).

Hi Ferd, here is a FRENCH AROMATIQUE  THE FINEST STOMACH BITTERS in aqua. It is 7 1/4 by 3 1/8 by 2 3/4 by 5 1/4 with an applied ring top. I showed it to the late Dick Watson and he had heard of it, but never seen one. Ring & Ham have it listed as F 85 and Very Rare, which is 6 to 15 examples. I don’t know what city it is from but Dick was sure it was American. Does anyone out there know or have a label or newspaper advertisement? Best Regards, Gary Beatty

Hey Ferd, just for the heck of it… this is my other passion. Gary


[PRG] Gary, since the file is named British Show Racer I see that you fancy, fancy pigeons too. Interesting reading about them.

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

F 85

7 1/4 x 3 1/8 x 2 3/4 (5 1/4)
Rectangular, Aqua, CM and DC, Tooled lip and Applied mouth, Very rare
Note: Q is backwards

French Aromatique Bitters – Meyer Collection

This is a tough one to figure out without a label or advertising. The bottle kind of reminds me of a Dr. Mampe’s Herb Stomach Bitters from Oshkosh, Wisconsin which also comes in aqua. Maybe even a Normandy Herb and Root Bitters from Louisville, Kentucky that usual comes in ranges of yellow amber. Both are pictured below. Dig that horseshoe on the Normandy’s. Without a doubt though, you get that German bottle feeling.


Dr. Mampe’s Herb Stomach Bitters – Meyer Collection

N 038 (Normandy_A)

Normandy Herb & Root Stomach Bitters – Meyer Collection (ex: Grapentine Collection)

Searching online, I see a couple of clues in the form of newspaper advertisements. You can see below that a druggist named William O. Posey was selling “Bitters Aromatique” to the large French population in New Orleans in 1877. The ad is even in French. Maybe a labeled version might prove, or disprove this. This may want to be listed in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2.


William O. Posey was selling “Bitters Aromatique” to the large French population in New Orleans – The Opelousas Courier, Saturday, November 17, 1877

Also Steinwender & Sellner were selling a lot of French liquors and wines in St. Louis in 1891. One product was Lappe’s Aromatic Bitters. This could be unlisted or related to Lappe’s Stomach Bitters (L 27) listed in Bitters Bottles.


Lappe’s Aromatic Bitters being sold by Steinwender & Sellner – St. Louis Post Dispatch, Friday, August 14, 1891

I’ll keep looking and see if the readers have anything to add.



Saw your write-up about the Aromatique bitters bottle…seems like these were typically sold in these squat bottles. Attached are some photos (see below) of a bottle embossed “T. H. Lappe / Apotheker / Neudietendorf / Thuringen” and labeled for Aromatique Feinster Magenliqueur (or something to that effect) that is advertised on the side as the finest stomach bitters. I’ve seen the bottles before without labels and wondered how so many got into the United States, but there is a note on the front label that says “Sole Agents United States & Canada / Runk Unger & Co. 50 Park Place New York”, so it looks like it was marketed here in the US.

Nonetheless, thought you might be interested in seeing these. This is the only labeled example I have seen and it struck me how similar in shape it was to the French Aromatique Bitters you posted about.

Best Regards,

Brandon DeWolfe, P.E.


T. H. Lappe Feinster Magenliqueur (front label and embossed back) – Brandon DeWolfe


T. H. Lappe Feinster Magenliqueur (side labels) – Brandon DeWolfe

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 French Aromatique – The Finest Stomach Bitters

  1. Bocabottle says:

    Ferd, thank you for displaying my French Bitters. I remember when your French Bitters sold on ebay in 06. In 43 years your’s and mine are the only two I have ever seen. Also about the Pigeon. I raised them from the time I was 9 years old until I came to Florida, about 51 years all total. I belonged to the Massillon, Ohio Pigeon Club. I still miss having them. Thank you again for the research you do for all of us on “Peach Ridge,” you don’t get thanked enough. Best Regards, your friend Gary

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