Daily Dose | May & June 2016

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Monday – 23 May 2016

Leaving for Louisville here shortly. Massive restorations aqnd renovations at Peach Ridge. Deep into inconvenience.


Here is that unlisted Dr. Duncan’s Stomach Bitters that closed on eBay last night. Bill Ham has provided the following listing and drawing. I cropped image background out in PhotoShop.

D 116.7 A Duncan's

D 116.7  DR. C. P. DUNCAN’S / STOMACH BITTERS // sp // f // sp //
7 3/4
Rectangular, Amber, NSC, Tooled lip, 3 sp, Extremely rare
The company was located in Jackson, Tenn. and later moved to Nashville, Tenn. Also manufacturer of DR C P DUNCAN’S LIVER MEDICINE, JACKSON, TENN.

Wednesday – 04 May 2016

Working from Greenville today. Beautiful weather. Cool Red Cross Laxative Bitters on eBay. Bill Ham has updated the listing.

R 18 L . . . Red Cross Laxative Bitters, Manuatured by and
Distributed for C. C. Koska, East St. Louis, Ill. 
10 3/4 x 2 1/2 (8 1/2)
Square, Amber, LTC, Tooled lip
Bottled by the East St. Louis Bitters Co., 1514 State Street, East St. Louis Ill.
BAR p94
Newspaper advertisement
Correction of information in BITTERS BOTTLES


01 May 2016


Hi Ferdinand, Jack Klotz in Hannibal (Missouri) here. I have read several times with interest the article about your Brown’s Aromatic Bitters from Hannibal. I just recently dug an undamaged example this past week here in Hannibal and have been trying to find out just how many are known. Other than yours, I find no other examples. I find it hard to believe it could be that rare and am curious if you know of any other amber ones? I am also curious on the number of aqua ones and assume they are more numerous than the amber ones? (Just in case I get lucky enough to dig an aqua one!) Also, I notice some slight differences. I am guessing the C in the description is a basal embossing? Mine has only an early key mold, which brings me to the auction date of 1875-85. I dug mine in context with strictly mid 1860’s use layer and believe this to be a more accurate time starting point for these. I am also wondering if these were meant to be more widely distributed, as his other products I am aware of seem more local than of the “patent medicine” design. Thanks in advance for any info. READ POST: Brown’s Aromatic Bitters – Hannibal, Missouri

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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