Author Archives: Ferdinand Meyer V

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.

Reed Brothers – Dealers in Drugs & School Books

Reed Brothers – Dealers in Drugs & School Books Reed’s Celebrated Overland Bitters 07 March 2019 I like that, …”Dealers in Drugs & School Books” and also “Proprietors of Reed’s Celebrated Overland Bitters.” Here is another super tough, extremely rare … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Bitters, Digging and Finding, Druggist & Drugstore, History, Liquor Merchant, Medicines & Cures | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nicholas Longworth – Catawba Wine Bitters

Nicholas Longworth – Catawba Wine Bitters Cincinnati, Ohio 02 March 2019 Nicholas Longworth was an influential figure in the early history of American wine, producing sparkling Catawba wine from grapes grown in his Ohio River Valley vineyard on hills north … Continue reading

Posted in Bitters, History, liquor, Liquor Merchant, Medicines & Cures, Revolutionary War, Wine & Champagne | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Missouri IXL Bitters – Isidor Bush

Missouri IXL Bitters – Isidor Bush 27 February 2019 Isidor Bush (or in Europe, Busch) has his name on the extremely rare Missouri IXL Bitters bottle which to me is quite amazing. I’ve only personally seen this bottle once and … Continue reading

Posted in Bitters, Civil War, Digging and Finding, History, Liquor Merchant, Medicines & Cures, Publications, Questions, Wine & Champagne | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Garry Owen Strengthening Bitters – Ball, Lyons & Co.

Garry Owen Strengthening Bitters Ball, Lyons & Co. and I. L. Lyons & Co., New Orleans 24 February 2019 Did you know that Garry Owen Strengthening Bitters was named after an Irish tune for drinking and a quickstep dance? The … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Bitters, Civil War, Druggist & Drugstore, History, Liquor Merchant, Medicines & Cures, Tonics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Khoosh Bitters – The Great Tonic of the Age

Khoosh Bitters The Great Tonic of the Age – The King of Bitters 22 February 2019 Not much attention is paid to Khoosh Bitters here in the United States as it is an English brand. I certainly understand collecting bottles … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Bitters, History, Medicines & Cures, Tonics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dr. De Andries Pure Sarsaparilla Bitters – New Orleans

Dr. De Andries Pure Sarsaparilla Bitters E. M. Rusha – New Orleans 19 February 2019 I recently updated the post for the extremely rare Dr. Hyde’s Southern Stomach Bitters put out by Dr. Edward Caleb Hyde in New Orleans around 1868. … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Bitters, History, Liqueurs, liquor, Liquor Merchant, Medicines & Cures, Sarsaparilla, Spirits, Whiskey, Wine & Champagne | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Continental Bitters – Mayer, Strouse & Baum

Continental Bitters Mayer, Strouse & Baum – Philadelphia 14 February 2019 I recently came across this neat circa 1862 trade card advertisement (above) held by the The Library Company of Philadelphia for Continental Bitters put out by Mayer, Strouse & Baum which surprisingly, … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Art & Architecture, Bitters, Brandy, Gin, History, liquor, Liquor Merchant, Spirits, Wine & Champagne | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lieber’s French Cordial Bitters

Benjamin Lieber’s French Cordial Bitters Philadelphia 13 February 2019 I recently came across this neat advertisement (above) held by the The Library Company of Philadelphia for B. Lieber (Benjamin) showing his storefront in Philadelphia in 1849. The illustration shows that Lieber is an … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Bitters, Brandy, Cordial, History, liquor, Liquor Merchant, Spirits, Wine & Champagne | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Could this bottle be for Tobias’s Wine Bitters?

Could this bottle be for the Celebrated Tobias’s Wine Bitters? 11 February 2019 Robert Biro posted over on the Peachridge Glass Facebook page, a series of images for a dug Tobias & Son ladies leg cylinder with a killer iron … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Bitters, Cordial, Digging and Finding, History, Liqueurs, liquor, Liquor Merchant, Spirits, Syrup, Whiskey, Wine & Champagne | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Spring Bitters – John W. Service

Spring Bitters – John W. Service Hartford, Connecticut 25 January 2019 Bobby Conner sent me the two top-most pictures here and said, “Good morning Ferd. Here’s a bitters you may enjoy seeing. I can’t find any info on it other … Continue reading

Posted in Bitters, Druggist & Drugstore, History, Medicines & Cures | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment