Daily Dose | July- December 2018

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25 September 2018 | Tuesday

Post update for NECTAR BITTERS with this super example from Matthew Tigue Levanti. Read: Professor Lennords or Leonnard’s or Leonard’s Celebrated Nectar Bitters

21 September 2018 | Friday

1766 bitters advertisement for Purl Bitters, by Virtue of the King’s Patent. Pretty darn early. From The Public Advertiser (London), Saturday, October 18, 1766. There are actually earlier ads. A bitters from across the pond.

16 September 2018 | Sunday

Found an unlisted bitters advertisement for Smith’s Morning Star Bitters in The Topeka Weekly Times, Thursday, June 22, 1871 (only year).

14 September 2018 | Friday

An encrusted Drake’s Plantation Bitters submitted by Matthew T. Levanti. Read: Log Cabin Series – Drake’s Plantation Bitters

10 September 2018 | Monday

AVAILABLE: Brown’s Celebrated Indian Herb Bitters (figural Indian Queen) for $10 to $15 a bottle…… in 1954! Hartford Courant, Sunday, October 31, 1954.

09 September 2018 | Sunday

Jackson’s Aromatic Life Bitters – Chris Bubash has recently found reference to a Dr. Jackson’s Aromatic Life Bitters being sold in Illinois in 1855 and a Dr. J.B Jackson which prompted a post update. Here are a few support pieces he found. Not sure if it is the same guy. The glass sure does not look like Chicago or St. Louis glass. We need to reference Bottled in Illinois. Would someone check?

08 September 2018 | Saturday

A cool advertising trade card for Dr. Hoofland’s Celebrated German Bitters. This bitters was put out from around 1850 to 1892. That’s quite a run.

07 September 2018 | Friday

Flying back home today. Business on the East Coast all week. Lot’s happening but looking forward to being back in the nest. Interesting ad submitted by Mark Wiseman for Dr. Smith’s Magic Bitters! Could be unlisted. Need to check out the books.

04 September 2018 | Tuesday

Post update: German Tonic Bitters – Boggs, Cottman & Co. – B.B.B. – Boggs Balt Bitters

03 September 2018 | Monday (Labor Day)

Post Update: Figural Pig Series | Suffolk Bitters

01 September 2018 | Saturday

Post update: THE NATIONAL BITTERS – Schlichter & Zug | Walton & Zug | J.S. Walton

30 August 2018 | Thursday

Post update: Old Home Bitters – Wheeling, West Virginia

The Terminal” Love this picture. Arguably one of the most famous photos of a rail horsecar in New York City, by famed photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Taken in 1893 – The J. Paul Getty Museum

29 August 2018 | Wednesday

Hiram Purdy was engaged for many years in the wholesale liquor trade. He was the inventor of the metal showcase and was the projector of the first horse street railway in New York, named the Bowery and Third avenue line which was built in 1854.

Post update: My Purdy’s Bitters Mystery Solved!

27 August 2018 | Monday

Putting some Old Sachem Bitters and Wigwam Tonic barrels back on shelves after HARVEY.

Read: Barrel Series – Old Sachem Bitters and Wigwam Tonic

26 August 2018 | Sunday

Post Update: The missing link Universal Bitters by Nicholas Kieffer

25 August 2018 | Saturday

Post Update: General housekeeping and material from Eric McGuire.

Constitution Bitters – The oldest Figural Bitters?

21 August 2018 | Tuesday

Old Sachem Bitters Headquarters almanac illustration. Image from Ted Krist. The “T S, X C, M R, 1858” copy exists here too. Still need to figure that out.


20 August 2018 | Monday

Looks like an unlisted bitters. Rauch’s Cordial Magen Bitters ad from The Catholic Telegraph, 27 September 1865.

F. W. Rauch’s Cordial. Recomendad by Dr. Quinn, Dr. Dav. O’Connell, Dr. McMillan, Dr. Emmerth, Dr. Neumann, Dr. Greve, and others. F. W. Rauch’s Cordial has gained, in the short time of its sale, so many friends, and has relieved ao many persons of pains and diaeasss, that the manufacturer deems it his duty toward mankind, to make it known as far as possible. It is a pleasant and wholesome beverage. It benefits the Stomach, Kidneys, Bladder, Lungs, Throat, Brains, Eyes, &c. Fortifying the bowels it nullifies the consequences of weakness, may they be Diarrheaa, Costiveness, or Vomiting. It has been used with great benefit against Headache, Whites, Cough, Catarrh, &c. It is excellent as a tonic, cephalic, diuretic, and carminative. For sale at Drug Stores, Groceries and Saloons. Manufactured bv F.W. Rauch. No. 9 1/2 Twelfth Street, Cincinnati

19 August 2018 | Sunday

Some decorative Landsberg and Professor Byrne bottles seeing the light of day since being packed up from Hurricane Harvey. About this time last year.

Read: Professor Byrne and Landsberg – Some Highly Decorative Bottles

18 August 2018 | Friday

Added this cool green, small-size Atwood’s Quinine Tonic Bitters to my collection. Embossed BOSTON. Thank you Chris Eib.

Read: C. H. Atwood – Neat Bitters Bottles with Fluted Necks

17 August 2018 | Friday

Prior to Elias Koopman founding of the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, he was also the founder of The Magic Introduction Company. He later headed the Runsyne Corporation, a maker of electrical signs. Jason Champlin points out interesting enough, there was a bottle made from the Magic Introduction Company.

Read: Koopmann’s Bitters, for use in Marshy and Swampy Districts

14 August 2018 | Tuesday

Hi Ferdinand – I have a labeled Huntington’s Golden Tonic Bitters with two labels that I thought you’d like to see. It confirms that Alpheus was the proprietor of the medicine. The back label also has a 4 cent Proprietary tax stamp dated March 13, 1870. Additional photos are of a pontiled med with his name and Monmouth ME embossed. The other bottle is smooth base with Portland ME embossed. Alpheus moved from Monmouth to Portland (Deering) sometime between 1863 and 1867. He was still located in Deering selling meds as late as 1885. The Horse and Ox liniment ad is from 1860 and the ad for his spruce gum and Golden Tonic Bitters is from 1869. Cheers – Sam Fuller, Stockton Springs ME

Read More: Dr. Huntington’s Golden Tonic Bitters – Portland, Maine

13 August 2018 | Monday

Found this newspaper clipping last night confirming George N.W. Bryant started his apothecary business in NYC on March 19, 1845. Post updated.

Read: Bryant’s Stomach Bitters aka The Cone

11 August 2018 | Saturday

Nice embossed Walters & Co. Baltimore, 3-piece mold cylinder in a beautiful yellow amber found by Thomas Johnson.

Read: William T. Walters and his Museum Bottle

08 August 2018 | Wednesday

Ted Krist gets the bottle “Hawk Eye” award this month for spotting this Old Sachem Bitters bottle sitting on the center top shelf of a Thompson & Co. Grocer ad in 1860.

07 August 2018 | Tuesday

Pocahantas Bitters update. Based on new material provided by bitters authority Ted Krist at the 2018 Cleveland National, we now know that there was a ‘Yates’ Ferguson who is the “Y.” Ferguson embossed on the bottle. This makes finding information a bit easier.

06 August 2018 | Monday

Super Ted Krist Bitters display at the Cleveland National wins BEST IN SHOW! Ted also gave a seminar on bitters.

05 August 2018 | Sunday

Capital Tonic Bitters prepared byJ.R. Chessman, Burlington, New Jersey. Looks to be an unlisted bitters. The Bucks County Gazette, Thursday, October, 22 1891 (Bristol, Pennsylvania)

The Bucks County Gazette, Thursday, October, 22 1891

30 July 2018 | Monday

Hi Ferdinand: I’m in need of your top notch research skills once again. I have a New York? bitters? bottle that I’m coming up blank on. So I know it’s got to be extremely SUPER rare. This one appears to have been blown in the same triangular mold as the triangular B 15, Balsdon’s Golden Bitters. Also a New York bottle. Now, Ring & Ham list three variants of Malakoff Bitters; the M 14 and 15 in Bitters Bottles; and then the M 15.5 in Bitters Bottles Suplement. This one however, looks to be an unlisted, label only bitters, but with only the name MALAKOFF very largely embossed on one panel; and on the other, is LINDENTHAL BRO’S N.Y. (pics included)

So you get around. Do you recall ever coming across this bottle before in your travels? I’m very interested to find out what, if anything, that you’re able to come up with. Thank you Ferdinand. Enjoy the Cleveland expo.

Regards, Chris (Eib)

[PRG] Chris: Your Malakoff by Lindenthal is one killer bottle. Crazy bold. typography. Never seen it before! Looks to be a Russian brand. Malakoff Stomach Elixir from this New York Tribune, 1871 ad. Not related to New Orleans bitters brand.

Read: What about this New Orleans Malakoff Bitters?

29 July 2018 | Sunday

Found this 1867 ad for Dr. Atherton’s Dew Drop Bitters.

15 July 2018 | Sunday

Hi Ferdinand, I wanted you to have these pictures of the Peychaud’s in my collection. I was reading the Appomattox river find. Best regards, David Jackson

Read: Peychaud’s New Orleans Seal found in Appomattox River

Read: Peychaud’s Cocktail Bitters – L.E. Jung and his Gators

07 July 2018 | Saturday

Sorry, been on summer break so to speak. Jeff Wichmann has a new Charles Lediard bottle I have not seen before in his current American Bottle Auctions | Auction 65.

Read: Charles Lediard and his Liquor Products

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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