An extremely rare Newman’s Golden Fruit Bitters

An extremely rare Newman’s Golden Fruit Bitters

04 March 2018


An extremely rare Newman’s Golden Fruit Bitters sold on the recent Glass Works Auctions | Auction 119 that closed last Monday night. I’ve only seen the example above with the Carlyn Ring collection sticker. The example that sold looks to be a more ‘golden’ color (pictured below). Could be just the photography though.

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

N 22.5  NEWMAN’S (au) / motif – double ring GOLDEN FRUIT ( au ) / BITTERS ( ad ) // c //
10 3/4 x 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 (6)
Oval, Amber, LTC. Applied mouth, Extremely rare

I could find absolutely no information on this bottle. I did however find two unlisted bitters with ‘Fruit’ in the name. The first is Schimmel’s Celebrated Fruit Bitters from Charles Town, West Virginia dating to around 1879.

Schimmel’s Celebrated Fruit Bitters advertisement – Spirit of Jefferson (Charles Town, West Virginia), Tuesday, February 18, 1879

The second is Peerless Fruit Bitters from Indianapolis, Indiana also dating to around 1879. Put out by G. C. Van Camp.

Peerless Fruit Bitters advertisement – Quad City Times, Friday, November 21, 1879

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V, President, Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors, 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. Ferdinand 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.
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