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15 June 2019 | Saturday

Still working on ‘G’ listings added to Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. All from the Joe Gourd collection.

G 89.5 L … Grandfather’s Perfect Orange Bitters, Portrait, A Compound American Product. Established 1885. Guaranteed Under the Food and Drugs Act June 30 1906, Serial No. 18290

Read: Grandfather’s Perfect Orange Bitters

Letterhead
G 89.7 GRANDMA’S WILD CHERRY BITTERS, Indianapolis Cordial Co. Sole Manufacturers of Grandpa’s Celery and Pepsin Bitters and Grandma’s Wild Cherry Bitters, Oval illustrations of Grandpa and Grandma pouring their respective bitters. Trade Mark, Indianapolis, Sep 26 1900
Letterhead
G 89.9 GRANDPA’S CELERY AND PEPSIN BITTERS, Indianapolis Cordial Co. Sole Manufacturers of Grandpa’s Celery and Pepsin Bitters and Grandma’s Wild Cherry Bitters, Oval illustrations of Grandpa and Grandma pouring their respective bitters. Trade Mark, Indianapolis, Sep 26 1900

14 June 2019 | Friday

Some new ‘G’ listings added to Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. All from the Joe Gourd collection.

Trade card
G 42.3 Gilbey’s Orange Bitters, W. J. Van Schuyver & Co. Wholesale Wine and Liquor Dealers, 63 Front St., Portland, Oregon. Agents for Cyrus Noble Whiskies, W. A. Gilbey’s Orange Bitters etc.
Advertisement: The Gazette (Montreal, Quebec), April 17, 1919, Quality Liquor Store, Liqueurs, Gilbey’s Orange Bitters, $1.25 Per Bottle

Letterhead
G 43.5 DOCTOR GILMAN’S FIFTY CENT TONIC BITTERS, Laboratory of Gilman, Dorsey & Co., Depot for Doctor Gilman’s Home Remedies, Fifty Cent Tonic Bitters, Stimulant, Diuretic and Alterative, Columbia, Mo., March 19, 1873

Letterhead
G 45.5 GIPSY STOMACH BITTERS, Henry C. MacErlain, Broker and Wholesale Dealer in Straight Rye Whiskies. Proprietor of the Gipsy Stomach Bitters and the Wild Myrtle Bitters. Branch Office: N. W. Cor. Fourth and Dauphin Streets, Philadelphia, 187_
Letterhead
W 116.3 WILD MYRTLE BITTERS, Henry C. MacErlain, Broker and Wholesale Dealer in Straight Rye Whiskies. Proprietor of the Gipsy Stomach Bitters and the Wild Myrtle Bitters. Branch Office: N. W. Cor. Fourth and Dauphin Streets, Philadelphia, 187_

Trade cards
G 73.5 GOODWIN’S LA REE BITTERS, Blood Tonic, 130 Franklin St., Baltimore, Md. Front duotone illustrations of children. Reverse blank.
Newspaper Advertisement
G 73.5 GOODWIN’S LAREE BITTERS & BLOOD TONIC, Strictly a French Preparation, John H. Goodwin. Proprietor, No. 130 Franklin Street., Baltimore.
The Bristol News (Bristol, Va. & Tenn.) October 3, 1882 also The Democratic Advocate (Westminster, Maryland), April 1, 1882

Read: Goodwin’s Laree Bitters – Baltimore

13 June 2019 | Thursday

Cool trade cards from Joe Gourd. New reference in BBs2.

Trade card
G 8.3 GEE’S MANDRAKE BITTERS, Illustrated drummer boy with horn playing monkey. Gee’s Pharmacy, Emporium for the Celebrated Mandrake Bitters & Pills, Madison, N.J., reverse blank.
The Madison Eagle, July 23, 1897, Gee’s Mandrake Bitters are being received with the same favor that they met with twenty years ago. Charles B. Gee, Dispensing Druggist, Burnet Block

11 June 2019 | Tuesday

‘Red’ hot Baker’s Orange Grove Bitters on this Hot Texas day!

10 June 2019 | Monday

Dear Mr. Meyer,

I am the project historian for the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, located just west of Houston on I-10 near Sealy. Our village, the home of Stephen F. Austin, was burned in March 1836. The Texas Historical Commission has been excavating a number of sites as part of our development of a new museum.

I am analyzing archeological artifacts for a furnishings plan for several reconstructed log cabins at the site. I have found the Peachridge Glass website to be very helpful, and in fact was looking for a contact for Mark Vuono to ask a question about a glass fragment that appears to me to be from a scroll flask. When I noticed that you are a Houston-area neighbor I thought I would start with you.

My first question for Mr. Vuono (and for you as well) is if this fragment looks to your experienced eye to be from a scroll flask? If so, would the size of star varied among the sizes of flasks, and if so, is it possible to determine the size of this flask based only on the surviving piece?

I very much would appreciate any insight. Please feel free to comment or put me in touch with Mr. Vuono.

I have a number of glass items that I am trying to identify and find usable copies (preferably reproduction) to use in my furnishings for a “hands-on” exhibit.

Thank you for any insight or help.

Michael

[PRG] I was able to confirm that it was indeed a star fragment from an aqua scroll flask. A quick study looks like it might be from a Louisville Glass Works quart scroll.

Some additional Fernet Bitters pieces with new catalog numbers for BBS2. All from Joe Gourd. Fernet is an Italian type of amaro, a bitter, aromatic spirit. Fernet is made from a number of herbs and spices which vary according to the brand, but usually include myrrh, rhubarb, chamomile, cardamom, aloe, and especially saffron, with a base of grape distilled spirits.

C 88.6 L … Cee-Bee Fernet Style Bitters, Manufactured by The Cook & Bernheimer Co. New York, U.S.A. Guaranteed under the Pure Food & Drugs Act of June 30th 1906. Registered Guarantee No. 2643

F 15.5 L … Fernet – Bitters A Compound. Illustration of bottle with Fernet Bitters in script diagonally across the label. Logo monogram background pattern FB in circle with outer ring reading Fernet-Bitters. Superior to all other Fernets.

G 61.5 L … Gold Lion Fernet Style Bitters, Liqueur Quality, Manufactured by The Cook & Bernheimer Co. New York, U.S.A. Guaranteed under the Pure Food & Drugs Act of June 30th 1906. Registered Guarantee No. 2643. See s2C 88.6

09 June 2019 | Sunday

Three really cool pieces of Joe Gourd bitters ephemera written up today in Bitters Bottle Supplement 2.

Stock Certificate
G 97.5 Doctor Gray’s Great Eastern Bitters Manufacturing Co., Capital Stock $300,000. $10.00 Per Share. Illustration sidewinder paddle steamer sailing ship. Excerpt from the Carlisle Weekly Herald (Carlisle, Pennsylvania), June 7, 1877. Dr. Gray, the compounder of Gray’s Great Eastern Bitters, an alternative and tonic, resided in Philadelphia, in a little shop on the avenue, the front of which is placarded with posters and dodgers of all colors advertising the proprietor’s certain cure-all.

Diecut Poster or Sign
G 72.5 DR. GOOD’S AMERICAN STOMACH BITTERS, Beautiful young woman peering through floral lattice and curtain. The Great Tonic, Appetizer and Vitalizer. It Regulates the Liver and Kidneys and Preserves Life to a Sunshiny Old Age.

G 122 L … Dr. Gruessie – Adams. Krauter Bitter
// (motif monogram) HUA // c //
9 7/8 x 2 1/2 (5)
Round Amber,
Appenzell in der Schweiz. Crest and shield, illustrations of cabin and seaside port with town, mountains and train. Gruessie Adams Dr. M. in script on bottom. Appenzell is a historic canton in the northeast of Switzerland.

07 June 2019 | Friday

Back on the saddle trying to distinguish and update Saint Jacob’s Bitters (Cincinnati) and St. Joseph Bitters (St. Louis) historical posts and upcoming Bitters Bottles Supplement 2 listings. The S 13 Saint Jacob’s Bitters had the label, colors, and base information updated from BBs.

S 13 SAINT JACOB’S BITTER’S // f // f // f // // b // K Y G W CO // b // McC
L … Celebrated Saint Jacob’s Bitters, Saint Jacob’s Bitters Company, Cincinnati.
8 3/4 x 2 3/4 (6 1/2) 3/8
Square, Amber, Red amber, Yellow, LTC, Tooled lip and Applied mouth, Rare
BAR p100, TMS 359, WAT L114
Trade Mark December, 1882
Variant bottle known with an unmarked base.

The St. Jacob’s Bitters from St. Louis is only known from Joe Gourd trade cards.

Puzzle card
F 1.2 FALKE’S ST. JACOB’S BITTERS, Puzzle Card.- Find Bull, Two Deer, Camel, Chicken, Shrimp, Face, Monkey, Old Man Smoking Pipe, and a Bottle of St. Jacob’s Bitters. (over) Falke’s St. Jacob’s Bitters. A Sure Cure for Dyspepsia, Nervous Debility, and a Never Failing Appetizer and Blood Purifier. Manufactured by The Falke-Hall Medicine Co., St. Louis, Mo.
Trade cards
F 1.2 ST. JACOB’S BITTERS, Against Prohibition Series (reverse) The Falke Leads Them All (logo) J. Falke & Co. Manufactures of St. Jacob’s Bitters., Family Medicines, Laboratory, 418 Elm Street, St. Louis, Mo. J. Falke & Company dates the card from 1883 to 1888 when the company changed its name to The Falke-Hall Medicine Company.

05 June 2019 | Wednesday

Lot’s of tropical moisture and rain coming in off the gulf today. Up to 6″ rain predicted. Need to get these dogs out! Anyway, updated post and listings for Jockey Club House Bitters. This nice card is from Joe Gourd.

Also updated Imperial Crown Bitters. This is a really cool bitters as an example was found in Maine with a small paper hand-written druggist note dated July, 1870 attached to bottle.

I 4 IMPERIAL / CROWN BITTERS // f // HARRISON & STARKS / DAVENPORT, IOWA // f //
10 x 3 (7 7/8) 3/8
Oversized Square, Amber, LTC, Applied mouth, 2 sp, Extremely rare.
The ‘S’ in ‘STARKS’ runs over the panel edge.
Example found in Maine with a small paper hand-written druggist note dated July, 1870 attached to bottle.
Newspaper Advertisement
I 4 IMPERIAL CROWN BITTERS, Use Imperial Crown Bitters, For Dyspepsia, For Liver Complaint, For Dysentery, For Debility, For All Disorders! Sold wholesale and retail by Harrison & Starks, Proprietors, Davenport, Iowa., The Rock Island Argus, February 10, 1870

Here are two more trade cards from Joe Gourd for Edwards’ Mandrake Bitters and Eagle Bitters that inspired new listings in BBs2.

Trade card
E 24.5 EDWARDS’ MANDRAKE BITTERS, Illustration child and cat on front, Reverse, Edwards’ Mandrake Bitters with Dandelion, Malt and Hops, For the Liver, Kidney, Nerves and Blood. 50 Cents per Bottle. 6 Bottles for $2.50. Edwards Chemical Co., Reading, For Sale by John B. Raser, Druggist, 154 & 156 N. 6th Street, Reading, Pa.
John B. Raser, druggist, 146 N. 6th, Reading, Pennsylvania, City Directory, 1877
Newspaper Advertisement
E 24.5 EDWARD’S MANDRAKE BITTERS, The world’s greatest renovator and health restoring tonic. A kidney, nerve and blood remedy that has proved its value for more than 50 years. 50c., or 6 Bottles for $2.50. Prepared by Wm. H. Raser, Sixth and Walnut Sts., Reading Times, May 11, 1907. Ads for the bitters continued up to 1939. William H. Raser was the son of Dr. John Bernard Raser.

Trade card
E 4.5 EAGLE BITTERS, (front portrait exotic woman) Compliments of Robert Atkinson & Co., St. Louis, Mo. (reverse price list) We offer the Home Manufacturing Co’s Celebrated Preparations. Home Stomach Bitters, qts., 1 doz. in case $6.00, pts. 2 doz. in case $6.50, Eagle Bitters, qts., 1 doz. in case $4.75. These goods require no U. S. Government license when sold as a medicine. See s2H 157

04 June 2019 | Tuesday

An interesting bright green, Loftus Peach Bitters (an English brand) sold over at Glass Works Auctions last night. Super strong embossing on these bottles.

Cleaning up the Lincoln Bitters listings in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. The first ad is important because the bitters was manufactured by Winkelmann Bitters Company in Fort Wayne in 1917. Robert Alfred Winkelmann was listed as a naturopath in 1918. The second advertisement shows the full Lincoln Bitters graphics campaign in 1920. The company name is now Lincoln Bitters Co.

Newspaper Advertisement
L 94 LINCOLN BITTERS, Reasons Why everybody should use Lincoln Bitters, the great and powerful Anti-Auto Toxin Remedy, The Unexcelled Spring Tonic, Lincoln Bitters is Manufactured by Winkelmann Bitters Company, Inc., 2703 Hoagland Ave., Fort Wayne, Indiana, The Fort Wayne News, April 5, 1917
Newspaper Advertisement
L 94 LINCOLN BITTERS, The Old and Famous Lincoln Bitters, Just Like Grandpa Used to Use Them, A Century Old Tonic and Herb Compound, Made in Fort Wayne by the Lincoln Bitters Co., The Indianapolis Star, December 14, 1920

Here is another reference to a Lincoln Stomach Bitters in 1862 that will now be listed in BBs2.

Advertisement
L 94.3 LINCOLN STOMACH BITTERS, Only sold at the store of W. Gerecke, on Pennsylvania avenue, between Four-and-a-half and Sixth streets, National Republican (Washington D.C.) April 13, 1861
William Gerecke, wines and liquors, 381 Pa ave., Washington, D.C., Washington, District of Columbia, City Directory, 1862

02 June 2019 | Sunday

Lot’s of folks headed to the Saratoga Bottle Show today. Here are revised listings for Dimmitt’s Bitters from Saint Louis. The billhead is from Joe Gourd.

D 75 DIMMITT’S ( au ) / 50 CTS BITTERS / SAINT LOUIS // (at base of panel) B.F.G. CO. //
6 ½ x 2 5/8 x 1 3/8 (4)
Flask – oval strap side, Amber, LTC, Applied mouth, Extremely rare
Marcellus Dimmitt, wholesale and retail dealer in drugs, patent medicines, chemical & c. established his business in Saint Louis 1864. The firm became M. Dimmitt & Bro. and then Dimmitt Hale & Co. (Robert S. Hale) from 1870 to 1874. See s2D 75.1
BAR p 155,UMB 559, WAT 108
Billhead
D 75.1 DIMMITT’S TONIC BITTERS, R. S. Hale (Robert S. Hale), Importer & Dealer, Depot for Dimmitt’s Cough Balsam, Dimmitt’s Tonic Bitters, Ayer’s & Merrill’s Patent Medicines Etc., No. 51 Main Street, Granite Building, Helena, Montana, February 2, 1874. See D 75 Dimmitt’s 50 Cts Bitters from Saint Louis.

Another new listing for an unlisted De Lisser Bitters from the Joe Gourd collection.

Trade card
D 44.2 DE LISSER BITTERS (front) R. L. De Lisser, Manufacturing Chemist, No 23 Beekman Street, New York. 167 Washington Street, Chicago, Ill. (reverse) Price list for De Lisser’s Pure Concentrated Extract of Jamaica Ginger, Pure Angostura Bark Bitters, The Celebrated Old Knickerbocker Bitters, Fine Old Curacao Bitters, Empire Bitters and various syrups etc.
Richard L. Delisser, Chemist, 23 Beekman, New York. New York, City Directory, 1882

01 June 2019 | Saturday

Here is a new listing in BBs2 for a Davies Restorative Bitters billboard envelope that Joe Gourd submitted.

Advertising Envelope
D 26.1 DAVIES RESTORATIVE BITTERS (Billboard Envelope) Grundy & Brownfield Wool, Philadelphia. Reverse: J. H. Davies, Restorative Bitters, 1717 Market Street (Philadelphia, Pa.)
John H. Davies, Wholesale Liquor Dealer, 1717 Market, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – 1870 United States Federal Census, Gopsill´s Philadelphia Business Directory, 1870

These two trade cards below for S. O. Dunbar started a chain reaction making us change the T 35 designation in Bitters Bottles to D 115.7. This also prompted the Peachridge Glass S.O. Dunbar & his Tomato (ya ya ya) Bitters post to be updated.

Trade card
D 115.5 S.O. DUNBAR LIFE BITTERS, S. O. Dunbar, Basement Post Office, Reverse: Manufacturer of Fluid Magnesia, Writing, Stencil & Dotting Ink, Swan’s Cherry Syrup, Shepard’s Condition Powder, Life Bitters. Taunton, Mass.
Handbill
D 115.7 LIFE RENOVATING BITTERS, The Cheapest and Best Bitters to be had, Tomato, Sarsaparilla, Blackberry, Dandelion and Wild Cherry, Vegetable Compound Life Renovating Bitters. Prepared and sold by S. O. Dunbar, Taunton, Mass.
D 115.7 (Dunbar’s Life Bitters or Life Renovating Bitters) L … Tomato, Sarsaparilla, Blackberry, Dandelion and Wild Cherry, Vegetable Compound Life Renovating Bitters
S. O. DUNBAR / TAUNTON / MASS. // c //
7 1/4 x 3 1/4 (4 1/2)
Round, Aqua, LTC, Rough pontil mark
S. O. Dunbar, Sole Agent, Bank Row, Taunton, Mass.
S.O. Dunbar (Samuel Oliver Dunbar), apothecary and books, 9 and 10 Bank Row, Taunton. Taunton, Massachusetts, City Directory, 1859
BAR p40, UMB 519, WAT L45
Previously T 35 in Bitters Bottles

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Cannon’s Bitters Study & Timeline – Washington, D.C.

Cannon’s Bitters Study & Timeline

Washington D.C.

17 May 2019 

Apple-Touch-IconAWith new material and research on Cannon’s Bitters, it seems like high time to re-look at this incredible brand. I thought I would lay out what I have discovered and see if we can connect the dots on the listings in Bitters Bottle Supplement 2.


Cannon’s Dyspeptic Bitters [C33.3]

In 2012, five broken examples of an aqua Cannon’s Dyspeptic Bitters were dug from one pit in the Washington D.C. area and one broken example was dug from a 22-foot deep 1840s brick lined pit in Northern Virginia. Read: Cannon’s Dyspeptic Bitters, W. Morrow, Washington D.C. Unlisted Find!

This was an incredible find that merited future investigation. The new listing in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2 is:

C 33.3 CANNON’S / DYSPEPTIC BITTERS // W. MORROW // f // WASHINGTON, D.C. // f //
Rectangular, Aqua, FM, applied mouth, 3 sp, Rough pontil mark, Extremely rare
Five broken examples dug from one pit in the Washington D.C. area, one broken example dug from 22-foot deep 1840s brick lined pit in Northern Virginia

Surprisingly, I can not find any listings of a W. Morrow listed in Washington D.C. There are a few hints but nothing definite. I am now thinking that the bottle sides read, “W. Morrow Cannon’s Dyspeptic Bitters. So the name might be William M. Cannon or William Morrow Cannon.


Cannon’s Dyspeptic Bitters [C33.5]

American Glass Gallery surprised bitters collectors when they auctioned off an octagonal, aqua, Cannon’s Dyspeptic Bitters. Their lot description:

CANNON’S – DYSPEPTIC – BITTERS“, America, 1850 – 1860. Aquamarine, octagonal, applied square collar – blowpipe pontil scar, ht. 6″; (professionally cleaned to original luster; a ½” chip from the edge, and underside, of the square collar). An exciting fresh discovery and previously unknown mold, almost certainly from the W. M. Cannon Medicine Co, Washington, D.C. Believed to be the first intact pontiled example known from this company. Note; the chip is on the side of the lip, and could easily be repaired, if desired.

The new listing in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2:

C 33.5 CANNON’S // DYSPEPTIC // BITTERS // f // f // f // f // f //
6 x 2 (across base) (panels approximately 1 inch wide)
Octagonal, Aqua, FM, Applied mouth, Rough pontil mark, Extremely rare

Cannon’s Bitters Label or Bottle Wrap [C 33]

This packaging piece for Cannon’s Bitters is interesting for a number of reasons. Notice that it does not say Cannon’s Dyspeptic Bitters but rather Cannon’s Bitters. It has been seen by many and assumed to be related to the embossed “cannon” bottle which we will get to shortly. This example is from the Ben Swanson collection.

[face] Cannon’s Non-Alcoholic Bitters, The Great Dyspepsia Remedy and Blood Purifier, (Portrait) Prepared Only By W. M. Cannon & Co., 925 LA. Ave. N.W. Washington D.C., Price 50 cents.
[left side] Prepared only by W. M. Cannon Proprietary Medicine Company, No. 925 Louisiana Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
[right side] Cures Dyspepsia, Constipation, Loss of Appetite, Hypochrondria, Headache, Colic and all disorders of the Liver and Stomach

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

Label or Bottle Wrap
C 33 Cannon’s Non-Alcoholic Bitters, The Great Dyspepsia Remedy, W. M. Cannon & Co., 925 LA. Ave. N.W. Washington D.C. Prepared only by the W. M. Cannon

With almost 100% certaintity, we can say this piece is for the same bitters as the two aqua Cannon’s Dyspeptic Bitters (C33.3 and C 33.5) noted above.

We also know that William M. Cannon was advertising his Cannon’s Vegetable or Blood Purifying Bitters in 1854. “Ask for the bottle with the Portrait of the Inventor & Proprietor, and take none other, Wm. M. Cannon, Washington, D.C.”


Cannon’s Indian Vegetable Bitters

Ephemera collector Ben Swanson possesses the following broadside for Cannon’s Indian  Vegetable Bitters. The new listing in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2:

Broadside
C 33.6 CANNON’S INDIAN VEGETABLE BITTERS, Cannon’s Indian Vegetable or Blood-Purifying Bitters, Try Them. For Sale by Druggists Generally. Price only 50 cents per Bottle. Notice – These Bitters are Prepared Only by Charles Stott & Co., Manufacturers and Proprietors, No. 480 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.
Newspaper advertisement; Cannon’s Indian Vegetable or Blood Purifying Bitters, Charles Stott & Co., Manufacturers and Proprietors, Washington, D.C. (later Stott, Cromwell & Co.) – Quad City Times, Wednesday, February 2, 1876
Successor of Cannon’s Vegetable or Blood Purifying Bitters, Wm. M. Cannon, Washington, D.C. (See C33 L in BB and s2 C33.5)


Embossed Cannon Bottle (C 33.?)

Here is where we need to clean up the listings as this embossed cannon bottle has always been assumed to be related to the label and bottle wrap C 33 above. With the new aqua Cannon’s Dyspeptic Bitters finds, it seems far more likely that the wrap is for the small C33.3 and C 33.5 bottles.

So, for now, the new Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2 is as follows:

C 33.? (Embossed Square with Cannons)
10 x 2 7/8 (6 1/4) 1/2
Square with embossed cannons on three faces in opposite horizontal alignment, vertical stacked cannon balls on two opposite corners, vertical cannon ramrod tool on opposite corners, crossed swords on all four top shoulder panels and pyramid fort with flag above flat area for label.
Amber, LTC, Applied mouth, Extremely rare
Presumed to be related to Cannon’s Dyspeptic Bitters but not authenticated. No labeled example exists or advertising to confirm the relationship.

False Label Study

I couldn’t help but to try to label the embossed cannon bottle with the W. M. Cannon & Co., Cannon’s Bitters label. That would be too easy! A true labeled example will turn up one day or another.


Select Listings:

1840: Early Realty Values – 
Reminiscences of Washington Ante-Bellum Days – 
Some Notable Landmarks
 – Boarding House Life Back in the Forties
 – Traders and Their Wares – 
Old Places Along Pennsylvania Avenue Recalled – 
Remarkable Changes in Localities – By James Croggon, The Evening Star, January 27, 1907 [pt. 1, p. 12]
Missouri Avenue Property
 Before the year 1840 some of the Missouri avenue lots had passed to R.G. Briscoe, P.W. Browning, B.F. Middleton, J.B. Yates, Charles Stott, William Bird, W.T. Duvall, A. Shepherd and Dr. MacWilliams, with others, and on the 3d street front David A. Hall invested. The majority of the property was improved.
In the forties on the avenue and 4-1/2 street were Peetsch’s tavern, Mrs. Holdsworth’s, F. Cudlip’s, Mrs. Reiley’s, Mrs. Potter’s, Mrs. Polkinhorn’s and Mrs. Scott’s boarding houses; F.S. Naylor, tin and sheet iron worker; William Cannon, painter; C. Dunlap and A. Causland, barbers; Lee & Espey, cabinetmakers and undertakers; William H. Faulkner, shirt-maker; J.W. Smith, tailor; M. McDermott, coach-maker; Semmes & Son, grocers; Richard Thompson; N. Adams, second-hand clothing. On 3d street was R. Patterson, blacksmith. On Missouri avenue were Mrs. Lunts’ boarding house at 3d street; R.G. Briscoe, P.W. Browning, H.S. Clarke, W.G. Snithen, W.T. Duvall, Mrs. Jeffers and Mrs. M.E. Morgan’s boarding house. In the fifties B. Shadd located on 3d street and opened a tavern at the corner of the avenue. Mr. Faulkner is remembered for having been the pioneer shirt manufacturer in these parts, having many employes and was among the first to demonstrate the labor-saving advantages of the sewing machine, which was at this period just coming into use. “Thompson Life Preserver,” a patent medicine, made by Mr. Richard Thompson, was the wonderful “cure-all” of the Washington people of that day, and the proprietor was quite successful with it, as the medicine was credited by some with benefit to many complaints. From William Cannon, a neighboring painter, came “Cannon’s Bitters,” which for years was the favorite tonic for many families.
1842: Newspaper notices (below) WM. Morrow erects Apollo Hall. 23 February 1842, (submitted by Chris Rowell)

1851: Newspaper advertisement (below) Cannon’s Celebrated Dyspeptic Bitters, sold in Baltimoe by T.I. Pitt, corner of High and Pratt Streets. – The Baltimore Sun, 24 January 1851 (submitted by Chris Rowell)

1854: Newspaper advertisement (below) Cannon’s Vegetable or Blood Purifying Bitters, Ask for the bottle with the Portrait of the Inventor & Proprietor, and take none other, WM. M. Cannon, Washington, D.C. – Evening Star, Saturday, June 10, 1854

1860: William M Cannon, Master Painter, Age: 46, Birth Year: abt 1814, Birth Place: Virginia, Home in 1860: Washington Ward 3, Washington, District of Columbia, Dwelling Number: 53, Family Number: 57, Household Members: William M Cannon 46, Ann E Cannon 46, Alfred D Cannon 20, Jno D Cannon 17, Thadius Cannon 13, Saml K Piles 23 – 1860 United States Federal Census
1862: William M. Cannon, Manufacturer Cannon’s Bitters, Patent Medicines, Centre Market, Washington, District of Columbia – Washington, District of Columbia, City Directory, 1862
1863: William M. Cannon, Manufacturer Cannon’s Bitters, 298 11th west, Washington, District of Columbia – Washington, District of Columbia, City Directory, 1863
1864: William M. Cannon, Medicines, 11th west n O north, Washington, District of Columbia – Washington, District of Columbia, City Directory, 1864
1865: William M. Cannon, 11th west n O north, Washington, District of Columbia – Washington, District of Columbia, City Directory, 1865
1867: William M. Cannon, 518 8th west, Washington, District of Columbia – Washington, District of Columbia, City Directory, 1867
1868: William M. Cannon, Painter, W Street, Washington, District of Columbia,  – Washington, District of Columbia, City Directory, 1868
1876: Newspaper advertisement (below) Cannon’s Indian Vegetable or Blood Purifying Bitters, Charles Stott & Co., Manufacturers and Proprietors, Washington, D.C. – Quad City Times, Wednesday, February 2, 1876

1886: Newspaper advertisement (below) Cannon’s Indian Vegetable or Blood Purifying Bitters, Stott Cromwell & Co., Manufacturers and Proprietors, 480 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. – National Republican, Saturday, October 16, 1886

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Bissell’s Tonic Bitters – O. P. Bissell, Peoria, Illinois

Bissell’s Tonic Bitters

Orrin Porter Bissell – Peoria, Illinois

12 May 2019

I thought I would post today on Bissell’s Tonic Bitters, a pretty cool bitters square from Peoria, Illinois. This brand should not get confused with Bissell’s Dandelion Bitters from Keene, New Hampshire.

I picked up my golden amber example from the Bottles and More Auction XVIII in August 2006. It is pictured at the top of the post. My labeled example is pictured below and was obtained at the Morro Bay Antique Bottle Show in March 2014.

Here are the Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listings in Bitters Bottles:

B 109 BISSELL’S / TONIC BITTERS / PATENTED.JANY.21.1868 // f //
O.P. BISSELL * / PEORIA ILL // f  // b // L&W
9 x 2 3/4 (6 1/2) 1/4
Square, Amber, LTC, Applied mouth and Tooled lip, Very rare
* “& CO” has been peened out. Tonic Bitters superimposed over slug mark indicating prior use of panel. This particular bottle shows the result of blowing in a mold of frame and removable panels. The connection between lettered panels and beveled frame is unusually crude.
BAR p20, UMB 387
See: Great Western Tonic Bitters
B 109.5 BISSELL’S / TONIC BITTERS / PATENTED JANY 21. 1868 // f //
O.P. BISSELL / PEORIA, ILL // f  //
9 x 2 9/16 (6 1/2) 1/4
Square, Amber, LTC, Very rare
Narrower bottle than B 109
B 110 sp // O. P. BISSELL’S // sp // TONIC BITTERS //
7 1/2 x 3 1/8 x 1 1/2
Rectangular, Clear, LTC, 2 sp, Extremely rare
BAR p 126
See: Great Western Tonic Bitters
G 100 GREAT / WESTERN.TONIC.BITTERS / PATENTED. JANY. 21 1868 // f //     O.P. BISSELL & CO. / PEORIA ILL //f //
L. Bissell’s Tonic Bitters
9 1/4 x 2 3/4 (6 5/8) 3/8
Square, Amber, LTC, Applied mouth, Rare
BAR p 50, UMB 46, WAT 143
Label: In German, Grosses Best Liches Tonic, Magen-bitters und Bluttreiniger
See: O.P. Bissell’s Tonic Bitters

Orrin Porter Bissell

O. P. Bissell was born in March 1826, in Colebrook, Coos, New Hampshire. His father was Morgan Bissell. He married Mary Ann Reynolds on October 17, 1854 in Rhode Island. They would not have any children. Something pulled Bissell to Peoria, Illinois as the 1860 United States Federal Census lists him as a merchant. He must have been very successful as his Real Estate Value was listed as $40,000 and his Personal Estate Value at $100,000.

U.S. Civil War Draft Registrations Records show Bissell registering in 1863 and by 1865 he is listed as a Dry Goods Merchant selling Yankee Notions addressing at 17 S. Washington in  Peoria.

O.P would patent his Bissell’s Tonic Bitters on January 21, 1868 which is embossed on his bottles. Business would pick up with his patent medicines trade and his tonic bitters was the star. He would use an eye-catching illustration of a buck as his trademark. An 1872 Root’s Peoria City Directory sums it up pretty good with his listing reading, Orrin P. Bissell, wholesale dealer in notions, fancy goods, cigars and tobacco, sole proprietor and manufacturer of Bissell’s Tonic Bitters, 17 S. Washington and Commercial Place. These types of listings would continue up into 1891 or so though he would relocate to 412 Hamilton Street where he would have his office and laboratory.

OP was still manufacturing his bitters in 1892 when he died on October 29th of that year.

Paper

Letter and Envelope
B 109 Office of O. P. Bissell, Manufacturer and Proprietor of Bissell’s Tonic Bitters and Dealer in Patent Medicines, Office and Laboratory 412 Hamilton Street, Peoria, Illinois Dated and post marked January 18, 1892.

Letter – Office of O. P. Bissell, Manufacturer and Proprietor of Bissell’s Tonic Bitters and Dealer in Patent Medicines, 412 Hamilton Street, Peoria, Ill. January 18, 1892 – Ben Swanson Collection

Envelope – O. P. Bissell, Manufacturer of Bissell’s Tonic Bitters and Dealer in Patent Medicines, Office and Laboratory 412 Hamilton Street, Peoria, Illinois, post marked January 18, 1892

Orrin P. Bissell Loan. This is an 1871 note that outlines an agreement between Henry V. Flagler and Orrin P. Bissell. Mr. Bissell was to repay Mr. Flagler $5,000 plus interest. -PeoriaHistory.com

Bottles

BISSELL’S TONIC BITTERS PATENTED .JANY.21.1868 / O.P. BISSELL PEORIA ILL. / L&W (on base). B-109, 9”, listed as “very rare.” According to Ring-Ham, the “& CO” has been peened out, and “TONIC BITTERS” is superimposed over a slug mark, which indicates possibly that a mold with interchangeable lettered panels was used to fashion this bitters. Grades 9.0. – American Bottle Auctions

Heckler Lot: 10 “Bissell’s / Tonic Bitters / Patented. Jany.21.1868” – “O.P. Bissell / Peoria Ill” Bitters Bottle, Lorenz and Wightman Manufacturers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1863-1872. Square with beveled corners, brilliant yellow, applied sloping collared mouth – smooth base embossed “L & W”, ht. 9 inches. R/H #B-109 Outstanding brilliant color. Bold embossing. Listed as very rare. Fine condition.- Heckler Auction #141

Select Listings:

1826: Orrin Porter Bissell birth 30 Mar 1826Colebrook, Coos, New Hampshire, Father: Morgan Bissell – Various
1854: Orrin Porter BissellMarriage Date: 17 Oct 1854, Marriage Place: Rhode Island, Spouse Name: Mary Ann Reynolds
1860: Orrin P Bisell, Age 34, Birth Year abt 1826, Birth Place: New Hampshire, Home in 1860, Peoria Ward 5, Peoria, Illinois, Post Office: Peoria, Dwelling Number: 2840, Family Number 2835, Occupation: Merchant, Real Estate Value, 40, 000, Personal Estate Value: 100,000, Household Members, Orrin P. Bisell, Mary A Bisell – 1860 United States Federal Census
1863: Orrin P. Bissell, Merchant, 37, New York – U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865
1865: O.P.Bissell, Dry Goods Merchant, Yankee Notions, 17 S. Wash. Peoria, Illinois – Roots Peoria, Illinois, City Directory
1868: Bissell’s Tonic Bitters patented January 21st, 1868 (embossed on bottle)
1870: Oran P. Bissell, Maker Notion Merchant, Age in 1870: 43. Birth Year: abt 1827, Birthplace: New Hampshire, Dwelling Number: 639, Home in 1870: Peoria Ward 3, Peoria, Illinois, Personal Estate Value: 50,000, Real Estate Value: 10,000, Inferred Spouse: Mary A Bissell, Household Members: Oran P Bissell 43, Mary A Bissell 43 – 1870 United States Federal Census
1872: Orrin P. Bissell, wholesale dealer in notions, fancy goods, cigars and tobacco, sole proprietor and manufacturer of Bissell’s Tonic Bitters, 17 S. Washington and Commercial Place; res Hamilton us 2 a Jefferson – Root’s Peoria City Directory
1876 – 1891: Orrin P. BissellPatent Medicines, 412 Hamilton, Peoria, Illinois – Peoria, Illinois, City Directory
1880: Orrin P. Bissell, Patent Medicines, Age: 51, Birth Date: Abt 1829, Birthplace: New Hampshire, Home in 1880: Peoria, Illinois, Street: Hamilton Street, House Number: 412, Dwelling Number: 37, Marital status: Widower, Father’s Birthplace: New Hampshire, Mother’s Birthplace: New Hampshire, Household Members: Orrin P. Bissell 51, Jane M. Tibbitts 42 – 1880 United States Federal Census
1881: City Directory Advertisement (Below): O.P. Bissell, Manuf’r and Proprietor of Bissell’s Tonic Bitters, Patented January 21st, 1868, 412 Hamilton Street, Peoria, Ill. – 1881  Peoria City Directory

1892: O P Bissell, Bitters Manufacturing, 204 N. Madison av., Peoria, Illinois – Peoria, Illinois, City Directory, 1892
1892: Orrin Porter Bissell death, 29 Oct 1892 (aged 65–66)
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Looking at Bitters in the Rheinstrom, Bettman, Johnson & Co. Presentation Book

Looking at Bitters in the Rheinstrom, Bettman, Johnson & Co. Presentation Book

Cincinnati, Ohio

08 May 2019

As some of you may know, I been working with Bill Ham in getting the Bitters Bottles Supplement 2 book ready for publication. This includes reviewing and cross-referencing material from the great ephemera collections of Joe Gourd and Ben Swanson, among others. In one of the Ben Swanson files were pictures of this great Rheinstrom, Bettman, Johnson & Co. catalogue which contained illustrations of all their products. I included the spread pages below plus clipped bottles that have been enlarged. Very impressive layout and illustrations.

Sigmund Rheinstrom came to Cincinnati in 1875 from Germany. He and his brothers formed the Rheinstrom Brothers Company, distillers and manufacturers, and later he organized the firm Rheinstrom, Bettman. & Johnson, distillers. This was also the commercial arm of the business.

Rheinstrom, Bettman, Johnson & Co. were located in Cincinnati and were addressed at 310 E 9th in 1898 and 906-910 Sycamore from 1899 to 1908. The partnership dissolved by mutual consent on June 21, 1905 when Sigmund Rheinstrom retired. The other partners were Morris L. Bettman, Samuel J. Johnson and Jacob Rheinstrom.

Most of their bitters seemed to be generic or made in-house. They used popular bitters names like Boonekamp, Angostura and Stoughton and put their labels and trademark on bottles that were similar to the related established brands. You see this with their Cincinnati Stomach Bitters which was piggy-backing on Hostetter’s Stomach Bitters. Another example is their Ohio Valley Wild Cherry Bitters which was aping Dr. Harter’s Wild Cherry Bitters.

Read: Cincinnati’s Rheinstrom Bros.— A Blizzard of Brands

The new listing for the forthcoming Bitters Bottles Supplement 2:

R 48 RHEINSTROM, BETTMAN, JOHNSON & CO., Cincinnati, Ohio. Product Presentation Book. Contains full-page color illustrations for Superior Celery Bitters, Superior Stoughton Bitters, Cocktail Bitters, Cincinnati Stomach Bitters, Celery Bitters, H. Schroeder’s Cocktail Bitters, Boonekamp Bitters, Angostura Tonic Bitters, Ohio Valley Wild Cherry Bitters and Indian River Blood Orange Aromatic Bitters. Rheinstrom, Bettman, Johnson bitters seemed to be generic or made in-house. They used popular bitters names like Boonekamp, Angostura and Stoughton and put their labels and trademark on bottles that were similar to the related established brands.
Rheinstrom, Bettman, Johnson & Co. Cincinnati, Ohio 1899 to 1908. Sigmund Rheinstrom, Morris L. Bettman, Samuel J. Johnson and Jacob Rheinstrom.
Also see Bitters Bottles R 48 RHEINSTROM STOMACH BITTERS

SUPERIOR CELERY BITTERS

SUPERIOR STOUGHTON BITTERS


COCKTAIL BITTERS


CINCINNATI STOMACH BITTERS


CELERY BITTERS

H. SCHROEDER’S COCKTAIL BITTERS

Repackaging the Louisville, Kentucky Brand


BOONEKAMP BITTERS

ANGOSTURA TONIC BITTERS


OHIO VALLEY WILD CHERRY BITTERS

INDIAN RIVER BLOOD ORANGE  AROMATIC BITTERS

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Daily Dose | May 2019

May  | 2019

See Daily Dose January – April 2019

31 May 2019 | Friday

Last day of the month. Let’s mop-up with some really rare ephemera that came in for inclusion into Bitters Bottles Supplement 2 

Trade card
V 8.5 VAN HORN’S ROOT AND HERB BITTERS, Diecut artists palette on front with image of child eating porridge. Reverse: Presented with the Compliments of T. H. Van Horn, Where you will find the most complete stock of Drugs, Medicines and Groceries Ever Offered in Lockport. Van Horn’s Root and Herb Bitters, Van Horn’s Baking Powder, Van Horn’s 40c Japan Tea. Sugars Cheap.
Theodore H. Van Horn, Chemist and Druggist, Grocers and Provision Dealers, Tea and Spice Dealer, 69 Main – Lockport, New York, City Directory, 1878

30 May 2019 | Thursday

Today we will honor the  Atwater Collection at the University of Rochester with four unlisted bitters trade cards. Joe Gourd emailed, “I came across this obituary notice for Edward Atwater. It’s his collection at U. Rochester that we are discussing. He only passed away this past month.”

Trade card
R 106.6 ROUMANIAN HERB AND ROOT STOMACH BITTERS, The Welcome Visitor. Caricature of mailman pulling doorbell on front of card. Reverse: Roumanian Herb and Root Stomach Bitters. As prepared by G. Menole, M.D. are Purely Vegetable and conceded to be the only Non-Alcoholic and Thoroughly Medicated Bitters now found on the market. Roumanian Medicine Co., 774 W. Adams St., Chicago, Ill. Roumanian is a variant spelling of Romanian

Trade Cards
Y 3 DR. WARREN’S YERBA BUENA BITTERS, Portrait on front of Dwight L. Moody, The American Evangelist (card 1) and Carlotta Patti (operatic soprano) (card 2). Compliments of H. Williams & Co. Proprietors of the Yerba Buena Bitters, 65 Montgomery Street. Reverse: Dr. Warren’s Yerba Buena Bitters, The Great Liver Invigorator and Blood Purifier. H. Williams & Co., Homer Williams, W. T. Leavitt, S. T. Foster, Proprietors, 65 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco. Crane & Brigham, Agents.

Trade card
F 61.5 FLORIDA ORANGE STOMACH BITTERS, Florida Orange Wine. Trade Mark. Florida Wine Co., Cincinnati, Ohio. Reverse: Prolong Your Life! We respectfully call your attention to our celebrated “Florida Orange Stomach Bitters.” Price $1.00 per bottle, or six bottles for $5.00. Not Intoxicating. Florida Wine Co. 342 Elm St. Cincinnati, O.

Trade card
A 14.5 AFRICAN BITTERS, Try the Celebrated African Bitters Extra Size Bottles, Finest Tonic in the World. Prices Reasonable. Text surprinted on cloth hung across the fence. The reverse side is blank.

29 May 2019 | Wednesday

Busy day yesterday trying to complete various unlisted bitters material. This first W. M. Crittenton piece is from Joe Gourd. We also updated the listing for Dr. Crittenden’s Dyspepsia and Cocktail Bitters – Philadelphia. Similar but different last names.

Price Sheet
C 251.3 W. M. CRITTENTON & CO., Wholesale and Retail Dealers in Patent Medicines, Bitters, Syrups, Cordials, &C. No. 55 Prince Street, East of Broadway, Late of 476 Broadway. Prices Current, Wild Cherry Bitters, Tonic Bitters, Stoughton Bitters, Stomach Bitters, Aromatic Bitters. A Liberal Discount to the trade.

Trade Cards
C 251.5 DR. CRITTENDEN’S DYSPEPSIA AND COCKTAIL BITTERS, (duotone ship illustrations) E. H. Crittenden (Erastus Henry Crittenden), Manufacturer of…, 258 North Ninth Street, Philadelphia. Reverse: Dealer in Fine Old Whiskies, Brandy, Wines, Champagnes, English and Scotch Ales, &c.

28 May 2019 | Tuesday (BD)

More new listings and updates for Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. These pieces today are from the Joe Gourd collection.

C 195.3 DR. S. COLLIN’S INDIAN HERB BITTERS, Indian Medicine Store, Various medicines listed including on reverse, Indian Herb Bitters, Restores the health to the requirements of nature. Office & Manufactory, No. 150 North 8th Street, Reading, Penn’a

Newspaper Advertisement and Patent
C 237.5 COSSACK A LIQUEUR STOMACH BITTERS (also Cossack Brand Stomachic Bitters and Cossack Stomach Bitters) D. VanDeWart & Son, 2116 Eighth Avenue, New York City. – The Evening Sun (Baltimore, Maryland) December 14, 1914
Patent 106,815 Liqueur Stomach-Bitters, D. VanDeWart & Son, New York, N.Y. – Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office, 1915, See s2V 6.7
Matchbook
V 6.7 VAN DE WART BITTERS, Every Kind of Stomach Bitters For Every Kind of Stomach, Van De Wart Boonekamp Bitters, Cossack Brand Stomachic Bitters, Van De Wart Mint Bitters, Van De Wart Kimmel Bitters, Van De Wart Blackberry Bitters, Van De Wart Coffee Bitters, Vandeco Aromatic Bitters, Try a Drink! of any Van de Wart Bitters. See s2C 237.5

27 May 2019 | Monday (Memorial Day)

Really neat advertising trade card from Joe Gourd for Dr. Callender’s Left Liver Bitters. Crazy name!  The bottle is from a past Glass Works Auction. Written up as: “DR CALLENDER’S – LIVER BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, C-30), Illinois, ca. 1885 – 1895, clear glass with dark olive yellow neck striations, 8 7/8”h, fluted shoulder and side of base panels, smooth base, tooled lip. Pristine perfect condition, a rare bitters bottle!

Newspaper Advertisements
C 29 DR. CALLENDER’S CELEBRATED LIVER BITTERS
1875: Callender’s Celebrated Liver Bitters, Prepared for the trade by Dr. Wm. A. Callender & Sons, Peoria, Ill. – Quad City Times, April 16, 1875
1878: Dr. Callender’s Celebrated Liver Bitters and Blood Purifier, Patented April 4, 1874. Prepared by the inventor and patentee at his factory at South Adams street, Peoria, Illinois. – Hamilton County Democrat, June 14, 1878
1889: Dr. Callender’s Left Liver Bitters, Patent 149,573, Manufactured and for sale at wholesale by Barbero & Callender, Peoria, Ill. – Lincoln Evening Call, Sunday, March 24, 1889
Trade Card
C 30.1 DR. CALLENDER’S LEFT LIVER BITTERS, Front: His first ap-pear-ance (man illustrated as pear) Compliments of the Left Liver Bitters Co., 103 Main St., Peoria, Ill. Reverse: 12-point puzzle. Work the puzzle and you are entitled to a Bottle of the Bitters for One Dollar. Dr. Callender’s Celebrated Left Liver Bitters is manufactured by G. Yaeger & Co. 103 Main St., Peoria, Ill. It is the best bitters manufactured.

A tough card to figure out from the Joe Gourd collection. So very little information on the card. You can get away with that nowadays with a web site address or QR code.

Trade card
C 235.05 COROLLA BITTERS, John Fitzmorris, Proprietor, Reverse blank
Probably John Fitzmorris, Grocer in the 1880s and later restauranteur in Washington D.C. in the 1890s and 1900s.

26 May 2019 | Sunday

This receipt or billhead from Joe Gourd for Constitution Bitters is interesting as Edward J. Liebetrut crossed out Seward and added his name in 1877. This prompted updates in the Bitters Bottles Supplement 2 draft.

C 223 CONSTITUTION BITTERS A.M.S.2. ( au ) / 1864 // CONSTITUTION / BITTERS // A.M.S.2. ( au ) / 1864 // SEWARD & BENTLEY / BUFFALO, N.Y. //
9 1/4 x 2 7/8 x 2 1/4 (7 1/4) 1/4
Rectangular, Amber, LTC, Applied mouth, 4 sp, Rare, Yellow-green and Peach puce, Extremely rare
A.M.S.2. means All Must Surrender To Constitution Bitters
Label: A.M. 1864 S.2. Prepared from a formula of an eminent physician and used for many tears with wonderful success as a tonic, for strengthening of the system, giving tone to the stomach and creating a healthy appetite. It has no equal.
1864 & 1866 Thomas’ Buffalo Business Directory: Seward & Bentley Druggist, 189 Main, Stephen B. Seward and Burr S. Bentley
1868 City Directory for Buffalo: Seward, Bentley & Cheney Druggist, 241 Main 1877 Billhead: Edward J. Liebetrut, Druggist (formerly Seward & Liebetrut, formerly Seward & Co.)
1877 Billhead: Edward J. Liebetrut, Druggist (formerly Seward & Liebetrut, formerly Seward & Co.)
Billhead
223 CONSTITUTION BITTERS, Bought of Edward J. Liebetrut (Seward crossed out and Edward J. written in), (Successors to Seward & Liebetrut, Successors to Seward & Co.) Drugs, Medicines and Perfumery, No. 344 Main Street, Cor. Huron marked out in red and 381 Main Street printed above. Buffalo, N. Y., July 2, 1877. See s2 C 223

Here is a Cool’s Tonic Bitters reference that I have not seen before from Joe’s collection.

Letterhead
C 228.5 COOL’S TONIC BITTERS, Office of the City Drug Store, Drugs, Medicines, Wines and Liquors, Wholesale and Retail, J. H. Cool (James Harris Cool), Proprietor, Oneida, N.Y., Oct. 9, 1890, I Manufacture and Guarantee Cool’s Tonic Bitters (plus six other Cool’s products).

Letterhead
D 21.5 DARLING’S COMPOUND CIDER BITTERS, Anchor Trade Mark Brand. Office of Darling & Company, Manufacturers of Darling’s Compound Cider Bitters, Cor, Abbott and Second Sts. Detroit, Dec 15 1873

25 May 2019 | Saturday

Keeping up with new listings in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. The next two bitters references are related and originated in 1801.

Invoice
D 17.5 DANIELLS’ BITTERS, Dedham, Mass., April 4, 1849, Receipt of Davenport’s and Wheaton’s Medicines, Davenport’s Pills, Davenport’s Eye Water, Wheaton’s Ointment, Daniells’ Bitters signed Geo. Dixon. See W 82 BBs2.

Newspaper Advertisements
W 82 WHEATONS’ JAUNDICE BITTERS, Patented January 17, 1801, Becomes Daniells’ Bitters in 1832, See D 17.5 in BBs2
Hartford Courant, 1801: Wheaton’s Jaundice Bitters, a new patent medicine
Weekly Wanderer (Randolph, Vermont), 1802: Dr. Wheaton’s Genuine Jaundice Bitters, direct from the Patentee, also Aromatic Bitters
Hartford Courant, 1804: Wheaton’s Jaundice Bitters
The Evening Post (New York City), 1818: Wheaton’s Jaundice Bitters
Buffalo Emporium and General Advertiser, 1826: Wheaton’s Jaundice Bitters
Middlebury Free Press, 1832: Wheaton’s Well Known Jaundice Bitters, The public are informed that by a recent arrangement made with J. Wheaton the genuine bitters will hereafter be offered with J. D. stamped on the lid, and directions signed by J. Daniell instead of J. Wheaton as formerly .

24 May 2019 | Friday

More ephemera from the great collectors being added Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. The Chill-Chilli Bitters trade cards are from Joe Gourd.

C 144.5 L … Chill-Chilli Bitters
9 ¼ x 2 1/2
Square, Amber, LTC, Tooled lip
At least 50% of label is missing obscuring possible portrait of Anita, part of product name, proprietor and location.
Trade Cards
C 145 CHILL-CHILLI BITTERS, Duotone portrait Anita (reverse blank) We All Use Chill-Chilli Bitters, Which is the secret of our success. Manufacturer & Sole Proprietor, Samuel A. Groff, 248 N. Queen St. Lancaster, Pa.
Four-color trade cards (reverse blank) Fancily illustrated beach and ship scenes in horizontal format reading No Chills & Fever Here, Is The Bitters All! CHILL CHILLI Office, No. 248 N Queen St. Lancaster, Pa.
Newspaper Advertisement
C 145 MEDICINE CHILL-CHILLI! – $500 REWARD, Chill-Chill Bitters is an old medicine; was used for hundreds of years by South Sea Islanders for all Diseases; was introduced into England, Portugal, Spain and Germany with the most wonderful curative results; was brought to America by the old Groff family. Manufactured only by Samuel A. Groff, Office and Laboratory, No. 248 North Queen steet; Wareroom, 240 Market street, Lancaster, Pa.
Lancaster Daily Intelligencer, September 29, 1880

The initial Chapman’s trade card from Joe Gourd was a challenge as it was light on information. With a little research, we see that we are talking about Dr. Chapman’s Taraxacum Tonic Wine Bitters and R. W. Robinson & Son in New York City. Joe also provided the 1893 Almanac.

C 129 CHAPMAN’S TARAXACUM TONIC WINE BITTERS
BAR p30, TMS 81, WAT Lost
Farmer’s Almanac 1879, Chapman’s Taraxacum Wine Bitters large and small.
Taraxacum is dried dandelion.
Trade Card
C 129.1 CHAPMAN’S TONIC WINE BITTERS, Are Very Pleasant to the Taste. Illustration, gallantly dressed lad whispering to a young lady on front of card. See C 129.1 Advertisement.
Trade Cards
C 129.1 Dr. CHAPMAN’S TARAXICUM TONIC WINE BITTERS, An Invigorating Tonic. Very pleasant to the taste. In large bottles at 50 cents each. Illustration, gallantly dressed lad giving a flower to a young lady on front of cards. Taraxicum spelled incorrectly. See C 129.1 Advertisement.
Advertisement
C 129.1 DR. CHAPMAN’S TARAXACUM TONIC WINE BITTERS. Liver Connector. In Large Bottles at 50 Cents. 1890, Typography similar to C 129.1 Trade Card. R. W. Robinson & Son, Wholesale Druggists, 182, 184 & 186 Greenwich Street, New York. See C 129.
Farmer’s Almanac 1893, Published by R. W. Robinson & Son, Druggists, 182, 184 & 186 Greenwich Street, New York. Back cover: Dr. Chapman’s Taraxacum Wine Bitters, Liver Corrector, Large Bottles, 50 Cts., Trial Bottles, 10 Cts.

Receipt
L 122.45 PROF. P. LOUD’S TONIC LIVER BITTERS, Bought of Hunt, Rankin & Lamar (L. W. Hunt, J. W. Rankin, H. J. Lamar), Wholesale Druggists, 82 & 84 Cherry Street. Macon, Ga., 1872, Sole Manufacturers and Proprietors of Central City Condition Powders, Central City Worm Candy, Prof. P. Loud’s Cough Syrup, Tonic Liver Bitters …

23 May 2019 | Thursday

Continuing work with Joe Gourd and Bill Ham to include his wonderful unlisted bitters ephemera in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2 (BBS2). Working now in the “C” section. Here are a few from yesterday.

Trade Card
C 63.5 CARPENTER’S HOP BITTERS, Not a Little Fancy Drink but a Thorough-Going Medicine, Large Bottles (half-pints) only 25 Cents, F. M. Carpenter, Prop’r., Waterloo, P.Q. (Province of Quebec) Frank M. Carpenter was a druggist in Quebec. Copyright 1879 printed on front of card.

Advertisement
C 81.5 CASTOREUM BITTERS, A Wonderful Blood Purifier, and Particularly Efficacious in all Lung and Dyspepsia Complaints. Prepared and Sold by A. E. Barron, No. 115 Essex St., Salem, Mass. Adeline E. Barron was a Magnetic Healer and ran a Variety Shop in 1875 when this advertisement appeared. She later specialized primarily in medicines.

C 101.5 L . . . Celebrated Vegetable Stomach Bitters, Worzugliches Magen Bitters, Prepared by Wade Boykin & Co., Baltimore.
9 3/4″
Square, Amber, LTCR, Applied mouth
Advertising Envelope
C 101.5 CELEBRATED VEGETABLE STOMACH BITTERS, Wade, Boykin & Co. envelope header inked out to read Boykin, Carmer & Co. Wholesale Druggist, No. 3 N. Liberty St., Baltimore, Proprietors of Bogg’s German Tonic Bitters, Celebrated Vegetable Stomach Bitters and other products. January 1875 inked on cover. Boykin Carmer & Co. (Dr. Thomas Jackson Boykin and James W. Carmer) also put out the embossed Granger Bitters (G 91).

Cinderella Stamp
B 111.3 BITTER CAMPARI MILANO, David Campari & Co., Milano, Woman holding labeled bottle of Campari Bitters. In Novara, Italy in 1860, Gaspare Campari’s experiments culminated with the invention and secret recipe of a beverage with a distinctive bitter flavor that is available even today. Other cinderella examples exist.

Poster
B 111.3 BITTER CAMPARI, Jester holding labeled bottle of Campari Bitters inside peeled orange skin. Leonetto Cappiello was an Italian and French poster art designer and painter, who mainly lived and worked in Paris. He is now often called ‘the father of modern advertising’ because of his innovation in poster design. Other Campari Bitter posters and advertisements exist using famous designers and artists.

22 May 2019 | Wednesday

Recently obtained Thellers Stomach Bitters image from a anonymous West Coast collector.

“I found an incredibly crude square today. The Thellers Stomach Bitters has a monster applied top and looks 1860s to me. It’s a darker amber. Any thoughts as to rarity? It was dug, so it’s kind of stained up, but is a really nice square. Thanks!”

I’ve only seen a picture of an example before from an old-time northeast collection. This brand was a Hostetter imitator and was in court for their similar methods of labeling and advertising. I possess the labeled Theller’s lady’s leg.

21 May 2019 | Tuesday

More interesting inclusions for Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. Most of the Proctor examples are from the Joe Gourd collection.

O 98.8 L … Superior Oxford Club Orange Bitters, Artificially Colored, (signed) Baird – Daniels Co. Distillers, (embossed) BAIRD – DANIELS COMPANY, GIN DISTILLERS, CONTENTS 1/5 GALLON
Round, 12, Neck seal and stopper, Pale aqua, LTCR
Distillery at Warehouse Point, Conn., Office in New York City

Letterhead
R 10.7 RANNEY’S GOLDEN GATE BITTERS, Established 1861, The H. S. Lincoln Co., Sole Proprietors of Ranney’s Golden Gate Bitters, H. S. Lincoln, L. W. Munroe, Newton Highlands, Mass., Dec 23, 1897

Trade Cards
R 145.7 PROCTOR’S VEGETABLE RESTORATIVE BITTERS Long, single-sided cards. Sailing and ship paintings and cottage paintings. Series No. 37, An Efficient Tonic, PROCTOR’S Vegetable Restorative Bitters.
Postal Card
R 145.7 THE VEGETABLE RESTORATIVE BITTERS cure Jaundice, Headache, Loss of Appetite, Drowsiness, Weakness of the Stomach, Indigestion and all kindred complaints. Prepared and Sold by BENJ. PROCTOR, Apothecary, No. 6 Healey’s Arcade, Lynn (Mass.) 1c postal card (Scott UX5) mailed from Lynn, Mass., On Jun. 7 (1880)

20 May 2019 | Monday

Working with bitters ephemera specialist Joe Gourd to ensure his unlisted material is included in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2 (BBS2). Still in his vast “B” section. Basically, I check to see if the piece has been previously included in Bitters Bottles or the Supplement, or if Bill Ham has already included it in the BBS2 draft which I am working with. I then arrange the art and send the proposed new listing to Biil to review. He will then give it a number, place it in his latest draft and index. Here are a few from yesterday.

Trade Card
B 235.5 BROWN’S TONIC BITTERS, S.A. Brown, 387 Shawmut Avenue, Boston

Trade Card
B 234.5 BROWN’S SARSAPARILLA BITTERS, The greatest known Appetizer and Blood Purifier. Price 75 cts. per bottle. Prepared by G. W. Brown, Apothecary, Warren, Me.

Trade card
B 214.3 BRIGHT’S SURE KIDNEY AND LIVER BITTERS, A Sure Cure for Bright’s Disease, Reading Hop Bitters Co., Reading, Michigan, See B 214.3 and R 14.5 BBs2.

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B 216.5 BROOKS TONIC AND LAXATIVE BITTERS, (Ivory Brooks M.D. portrait) Every bottle has the portrait and signature of Ivory Brooks, M.D. on the label. None genuine without. Manufactured by The Brooks Medicine Co., Springville, Me.

Here are a few other new listings from Joe’s collection:

Trade Cards
B 79.5  BERGER’S STOMACH BITTERS, Front illustration of girl with school books and girl descending steps with pets. Reverse stamped Henry Berger’s Cough Balsam, Henry Berger’s Magic Balm, Henry Berger’s Stomach Bitters and Henry Berger’s Blueing.
B 146.7 L … DR. BONKER’S PEPSIN MAGEN=BITTERS, (copy in German) Dr. Bonker Medicine Co., Chicago, Ill. No bottle known. See B 146.5, B 146.7 and B147 in Bitters Bottles and B 146.5 and B 146.7 Bitters Bottles Supplement.
B 163.9 L . . . BOTANIC BITTER COMPOUND. Prepared and Sold Wholesale and Retail, by Dr. S. N. Gould, West Randolph, Vermont, Price 50 cents per box. One box will make 3 qts of Bitters. Can be prepared in whisky, cider, domestic wine, brandy or alcohol.
Trade Card
B 243.5  DR. BUCHAN’S ENGLISH TONIC BITTERS, You should get a Bottle of Dr. Buchan’s English Tonic Stomach Bitters, Locke Chemical Co., Sole Proprietors, Boston, – Mass. Front: Woman in Pilgrim hat promoting Dr. Buchan’s Comp. Sepia Powder.
Advertisement Tag
B 267.5 BURGUNDY WINE BITTERS, Try Burgundy Wine Bitters The Great Invigorator & Tonic

19 May 2019 | Sunday

Here is an updated BBs2 listing for Celery and Chamomile Bitters that took a little detective work. I had trouble reading the bottom part of the label which had a “D. NAS” and “SOUTH AB…” I posted PRG Facebook and Keith Bellew and Brandon DeWolfe pointed me to Charles D. Nash in Abington, Massachusetts. From there, it was easy to research and confirm.

C 107 L … Celery And Chamomile Bitters
Chas. D. Nash Apothecary, Washington St., South Abington, Mass.
A True Tonic and Invigorator for Dyspepsia, Indigestion, Headache, Ague, Colic …
10 x 2 ¾
Square, Amber, LTCR, 3 sp
WAT L32

New Caroni Bitters letterhead listing in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2.

Letterhead
C 57 CARONI BITTERS, Best Tonic and Appetizer (labeled bottle illustration). The Only Genuine Invaluable for Cocktails. Oct. C. Blache & Co., Importers, Offices: 78 & 80 Broad Street, New York, April 22nd, 1913

18 May 2019 | Saturday

Updated Golden Fruit Bitters listing in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. Example from the Ben Swanson collection.

Puzzle Trade Card
G 63.7 GOLDEN FRUIT BITTERS, The Golden Fruit Bitters cures Indigestion, General Debility, Loss of Appetite… The Golden Fruit Bitters at the nearest Drug Store for 75 cts. Fruit Bitters Company, Baltimore and New York, Wholesale Agents: H. Haswell & Co., Wholesale Druggists, Montreal, Eight concentric circles and optical illusion.
Newspaper advertisement: Ottawa Daily Citizen, Monday, February 18, 1884

Excellent example of a CALIFORNIA FIG BITTERS – CALIFORNIA EXTRACT OF FIG CO. SAN FRANCISCO, CAL. (with original front and back labels, contents), R/H C 15.

17 May 2019 | Friday

Really neat brochure cover from Ben Swanson with new listing in BBS2. I found the newspaper clipping for support information.

Brochure
G 64.1 GOLDEN SEAL BITTERS, Facts For the Million, Dr. Peter W. Schmidt, Called Dr. Pete. His Enormous Practice! His Great Medicines! Golden Seal Bitters and Lung Food for Consumption. The Peoples Hope when Sick. 12-page brochure.
Newspaper advertisement: Golden Seal Bitters, Golden Seal Bitters Co., Holland City, Michigan, Sold by all druggists – The Americus Ledger, Friday, April 24, 1885

15 May 2019 | Wednesday

Posting from Baltimore. This next fine piece is from the Ben Swanson collection. This broadside advertisement contains two unlisted Morton’s bitters and is headed for Bitters Bottles Supplement 2.

Small Broadside
M 139.3 MORTON’S CELEBRATED STOUGHTON, WINE & STOMACH BITTERS, Which are too well known to require comment, as to the excellence of the article. Manufactured by Walter D. Morton, No. 36 West Madison street. Chicago, Ill. Morton’s Golden Aromatic Bitters is also represented.
Small Broadside
M 139.5 MORTON’S GOLDEN AROMATIC BITTERS, Manufactured by Walter D. Morton, No. 36 West Madison street. Chicago, Ill. Morton’s Celebrated Stoughton Wine & Stomach Bitters is also represented.

14 May 2019 | Tuesday

Here is a label from Joe Gourd for Buffalo Stomach Bitters that I have not seen before. The new listing in BBS2:

B 250.5 L . . . BUFFALO STOMACH BITTERS, Registered Buffalo Strengthening (Buffalo illustration) Invigorating Stomach Bitters, Steinhardt Bros. & Co., New York, Sole Proprietors Steinhart Brothers & Co., Importers and Wholesale Liquor Dealers, Nos. 299 and 301 Patchen Avenue, Corner Chauncey Street, Brooklyn, N.Y.; 121 and 123 Hudson Street, Corner North Moore. Company founded in 1872 by Lewis Steinhart, the firm becoming Steinhart Brothers in 1878 and in 1887 the firm became Steinhardt Brothers & Co., the individual members being Lewis Steinhart, M. Steinhart, H. Steinhart, D.G. Steinhart and A. Strasser

While researching the Buffalo Bitters above, I came across these other unrelated and unlisted Buffalo Bitters.

Newspaper Advertisement
B 249.6 BUFFALO STOMACH BITTERS, The Buffalo Drug Store, A. Rasure & Co., Proprietors, Myton Block, fourth door west of the land office, Garden City, Kansas
The Daily Sentinel (Garden City, Kansas), Friday, March 19, 1886

Newspaper Advertisement
B 249.7 BUFFALO BITTERS, Geo. H. Smith & Co. Wholesale Dealers in Wines, Liquors, Tobacco, Cigars, Choice Kentucky Bourbon Whiskies, Proprietors Buffalo Bitters, 121 Fourth St., opp Market House, Kansas City
Fort Scott Daily Monitor (Fort Scott, Kansas), Tuesday, May 10, 1870

13 May 2019 | Monday

Interesting folding risqué trade card from the Joe Gourd collection. Now noted in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2.

Trade Card
B 273.7. DR. BURT’S PHILIPPINO LIVER AND KIDNEY BITTERS, Try A Little – Dr. Burt’s Wild Cherry Pepsin, Dam-i-ana Invigorator, Philippino Liver and Kidney Bitters. Adolph Tonic Co., New Philadelphia, Ohio. Risqué novelty folding card

Another card I haven not seen before from the Ben Swanson collection.

Trade Card
P 121.3 PONTIAC ROOT AND HERB BITTERS, The Great System Purifier for Stomach, Liver, Kidney and Blood. Good For Trade Card. Indian rowing canoe illustration. Contains not over 5% Alcohol. Prepared Only By Pontiac Root & Herb Co., 28 North Broad Street, Atlanta, Georgia. A Large One Dollar Bottle of Pontiac Root & Herb Bitters for This Card and 65c. Take to Coursey & Munn’s Drug Store, 29 Marietta Street and get full quart bottle, sufficient for a good Spring course.

12 May 2019 | Sunday

We had a little trouble identifying this next piece from the Ben Swanson collection. This Hercules Tonic Bitters advertisement is headed for Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. The following newspaper advertisement filled in the missing pieces.

Paper Advertisement
H 99.5 HERCULES TONIC BITTERS, Hercules Tonic Bitters! For Dyspepsia, Indigestion, and Disorders of the Stomach and Blood. Hercules Cordial! (Illustration Hercules with Golden Apple of the Hesperides and club, Copyright Secured) Reverse blank. Over stamped in red, Crowell & Miller, Successors to (illegible), Druggists, 155 Main Street, Norwich, Conn.

Newspaper Advertisement
H 99.5 SOMETHING NEW! HERCULES REMEDIES, TONIC DE HERCULES. HERCULES CORDIAL (Illustration Hercules with Golden Apple of the Hesperides and club, Copyright Secured) Hercules Manufacturing Co. 21 Chapel St., Providence, R.I.
Hartford Courant, Thursday, June 24, 1880

I like the juxtaposition of the tranquil sky-blue glass and the rusted metal closure on this Globe fruit jar. When you add the swirls, you have this outstanding piece submitted by Pat Mahon.

11 May 2019 | Saturday

10 May 2019 | Friday

More material for Bitters Bottles Supplement 2.

Advertising Envelope
B 111.3 BITTER ELIXIR OF IRON (Billboard Envelope) One of the Best Tonics Know (sic) is the Bitter Elixir of Iron Prepared by Stewart & Reay, Cor. Hanover & Camden Streets.
Stewart & Reay (James V’D. Stewart and Dr. Henry S. Reay) Apothecaries, southwest corner of Hanover and Camden streets, The Baltimore Sun, March 12, 1867

09 May 2019 | Thursday

A nice Redington & Hostetter & Co. postal cover from the Ben Swanson collection showing Hostetter’s branch office in San Francisco in the 1860s. The Redington drug house was one of the largest on the Pacific Coast. Read more on Hostetter.

08 May 2019 | Wednesday

More material from the advanced collection of bitters ephemera from Joe Gourd. All new listings in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2.

Trade Card
A 143.2 AYER’S AGUE CURE, (Log cabin, swamp alligator and frogs illustration) Ayer’s Ague Cure is a purely Vegetable Bitter Warranted to Cure Fever and Ague and all Malarial Disorders. Prepared by Dr. J. C. Ayer & Co., Lowell, Mass.

Letterhead
L 48.5 LAUBER’S GERMAN KRAUTER BITTERS, Carl F. Lauber, Importer and Dealer in Wines, Liquors, Etc., Established 1880, No. 24 North 9th St., Philadelphia., May 12, 1910. Krauter means Herbs in German. Letterhead also references that Lauber is the Manufacturer of Aromatic Cocktail Bitters and Orange Bitters.
Aromatic Cocktail Bitters, See Carl F. Lauber Letterhead, s2L 48.5
Orange Bitters, See , Carl F. Lauber Letterhead, s2L 48.5
Label
A 86.5 L . . . AROMATIC BITTERS, An Exquisite Tonic Appetiser (sic) Either Plain or Mixed with Wines, Spirits or Minerals. Manufactured & Bottled By Desnoes & Geddes Ltd., 29-35 Orange St, Kingston, Jamaica

07 May 2019 | Tuesday

New American Stomach Bitters reference in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2.

Newspaper Advertisement
A 53.5 AMERICAN STOMACH BITTERS, King of all Bitters, Prepared by American Stomach Bitters Co., General Office, Buffalo, N.Y. This bitters is protected by Trade-Mark and signature of the Originator, Emil DeHeyers (illegible signature), Illustration of round, applied seal, labeled bottle.
Possibly related to A 54, American Stomach Bitters, Rochester, N.Y.
Buffalo Courier, Sunday, March 2, 1902

Trade Card
A 53.7 AMERICAN STOMACH BITTERS, Gerbrauche American Stomach Bitters, Koenig Der Medizinen., German to English Translation: Use American Stomach Bitters, King of Medicines.
Possibly related to A 54, American Stomach Bitters, Rochester, N.Y.

Aunt Charity’s Bitters reference in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. The advertisement is from the bitters ephemera collection of Joe Gourd.

Almanac Advertisement
A 137 AUNT CHARITY’S BITTERS, Prepared by Hough & Shelton, Proprietors, Corner Main & Beaver Sts., Bridgeport, Ct., Price 50 Cents, 1865

Unlisted Alburger’s German Bitters reference in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. The advertisement is from the bitters ephemera collection of Joe Gourd.

Print Advertisement
A 24.5 ALBURGER’S GERMAN BITTERS, A. ALBURGER, M.D., Proprietor of Alburger’s German Bitters, Depot: S.E. Cor. Third and Thompson, Sts., Philadelphia, PA.
1/4 page horizontal advertisement in Philadelphia City Directory, 1876

A. Alburger advertisement

06 May 2019 | Monday

New Excelsior Stomach Bitters reference in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. The trade card is from the collection of Ben Swanson.

Trade Card
E 65.8 EXCELSIOR STOMACH BITTERS, Butter-Cup. Use Excelsior Stomach Bitters, They Beat the World for a Tonic, Prepared by Devine & Coughlin, Augusta, Maine. Copyright by M.C. Penniman (Reverse – blank)
Devine & Coughlin (James E. Devine and John Coughlin) druggists, Water, west of Kennebec bridge, Augusta, Maine, Augusta City Directory, 1888

Pierce’s Peptonized Stomach Bitters reference in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. The tpiece is from the collection of Ben Swanson.

Leaflet
P 96.5 PIERCE’S PEPTONIZED STOMACH BITTERS, An Elegant Preparation for Dyspepsia, Indigestion…, Prepared by Heller Chemical Co., Chicago, Ill.
4-panel leaflet on paper. Each panel measures 3.4 x 6 inches.
The Heller Chemical Co. advertised themselves as the Largest and Cheapest Wholesale and Retail Drug House in the World. In 1900, they produced an advertising book with 144 large pages with 1,500 illustrations that gave cut-rate prices on more than 5,000 articles. The Farmers Advocate, Friday, February 22, 1901

05 May 2019 | Sunday (Cinco de Mayo)

Post update: Dr. Petzold’s Genuine German Bitters

New Hooper’s Tonic Bitters reference in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. The trade card is from the collection of Ben Swanson.

Trade or Calling Card
H 170.3 DR. HOOPER’S CALIFORNIA TONIC BITTERS MANUF’G CO., The Best Tonic in the World. Purely Vegetable. Manufactured at Sanborn, N.Y. Presented by … J. H. Schmeck, Sec’y. Orders Promptly Attended To.

New William’s Royal Crown Remedy And Bitters reference in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. The piece is from the collection of Ben Swanson.

Brochure
W 120.4  WILLIAMS ROYAL CROWN REMEDY AND BITTERS, Price: $1 A Bottle, Six For $5, Manufactured by Isaac William Company, 268 Dundas St., London, Ont. For Sale By All Druggists, 16 page brochure

04 May 2019 | Saturday

New listing in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2 submitted by Frank Wicker.

L 39.5 LASH’S (l > s) BITTERS (s >l) // f // NATURAL / TONIC LAXATIVE // f //
The middle word “LIVER” has been peened out. On opposite side, the last two letters of NATURES (ES) have been peened out and replaced with ”AL” to read NATURAL
9 3/8 x 2 ¾ (7 ¼)
Square, Amber, LTCR, Tooled Lip, Rare

New Magador Bitters listings in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. The trade card is from the collection of Ben Swanson

Newspaper Advertisement
M 6.3 MAGADOR AROMATIC BITTERS, Absolutely Vegetable, Delicious to Taste. Sold by all druggists and others. Magador Aromatic Bitters Co., 1537 Pacific Ave., (Tacoma, Washington) – The Tacoma Times, Saturday, November 5, 1910

Trade Card
M 6.4 MAGADOR BITTERS, (Risque Dancer) It’s Delicious! Magador Bitters Cures All Stomach, Kidney and Liver Troubles. At Druggists, Bars and Others, Manufactured at Tacoma, Wash.
See R 98 E.J. ROSE’S MAGADOR BITTERS.

Ben Swanson recently picked up this super-cool oversized Bohemia Bitters trade card off eBay. Joe Gourd then provided images of his stock Bohemia Bitters trade cards. The source is a labeled bottle reference B 136 in Bitters Bottles. The new trade card listing is:

Advertising Trade Cards
B 136 BOHEMIA BITTERS, A Palatable Tonic, A Pleasant Laxative, W. J. Van Schuyver & Co. Inc. Portland, Oregon. Sole Distributors. Oversized vertical card with labeled bottle pictured on front. Reverse blank. Bohemia Bitters nature/floral stock trade cards exist with reverse copy reading essentially the same as above.

03 May 2019 | Friday

Ferdinand, saw your post (23 April 19) about Beacon Bitters and thought you might like to see this crate for their primary product.

https://www.peachridgeglass.com/2019/01/daily-dose-2019/

We find the bottle you pictured from time to time in privies in Galveston…mostly in the areas that used to make up the red light district. Dug one last Sunday as a matter of fact. They may have bottled their bitters in them, but I’ve only ever found the one size and it fits perfectly in the crate for their Gonorrhea remedy.

By the way, dug a light yellow green L&W Hostetter’s (unfortunately with a small crack) and a nice intact Bavarian Bitters in Galveston on Sunday. Will shoot you some photos of them once I get them cleaned up.

Best Regards,

Brandon DeWolfe, P.E.

Working with some outstanding images from the great Ben Swanson collection of medical ephemera. In this case it is for unlisted bitters material. The new listings in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2 are as follows:

Handbill
T 3.2 TALLMAN’S BITTERS, Prepared by Warren D. Tallman, Syracuse, N.Y.
Mechanical Trade Card
T 3.2 TALLMAN’S BITTERS, Oversize trade card consisting of two pieces of board. Between the two boards are two pinned wheels. On each wheel are printed ten faces. The faces appear in apertures on the front of the card as the wheels are rotated. Reverse: A Pint Bottle of Tallman’s Bitters Made From Hops, Yellow Dock, Burdock, Wild Cherry, Dandelion, Prickly Ash, Buchu and Mandrake. For 35 Cts. A True Tonic
Newspaper Advertisement
T 3.2 All Pimples Removed From Face by Using Tallman’s Bitters, Only 35 Cents Per Pint Bottle, For Sale by All Grocers.
The News (Patterson, New Jersey), Tuesday, March 15, 1892

Cover
J 20.7 JANNEY’S OLD DOMINION TONIC BITTERS, Janney & Co., Dealers in Drugs, Paints and Oils, No. 145 King Street, Alexandria, Va. (Samuel H. Janney & Marlon H. Janney)
Newspaper Advertisement: Janney’s Old Dominion Tonic Bitters, In quart bottles, at one dollar each, Janney & Co. – Alexandria Gazette, Saturday, November 14, 1874

Advertising Trade Card
R 14.5 READING HOP BITTERS CO., Ask for Improved Hop Bitters. Put up by Reading Hop Bitters Co., Reading, Michigan (Put up in round bottles. Probably German Hop Bitters, Dr. C.D. Warner, Reading, Michigan. (see G 25 numbers)

02 May 2019 | Thursday

Hi Ferdinand, my name is Gustavo Maisonnave, I’m writing you from Aigua in Uruguay. I am 66, System Engineer, now retired in my farm. www.mpescador.com. Today I was taking stones from a very old “Tapera” (houses constructed using stones in the inner country). Suddenly I found a broken piece of glass with a seal, “Bitter Puyastier” Searching through Internet found your article & e-mail. … regards, Gustavo

Read: Where is the Bitter Puyastier from?

Working with some outstanding images from the great Ben Swanson collection of medical ephemera. In this case it is for unlisted bitters material. The new listings in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2 are as follows:

Advertising Trade Card
D 71.5 DICKINSON’S PERUVIAN IRON BITTERS, (Boy holding tail and running after pig) Dickinson’s Peruvian Bitters gives you Appetite and Refreshing Sleep; surely prevents Chills and Fevers, and almost always cures Dyspepsia.

Advertising Trade Card
G 1 G. A. R. BITTERS, (Mule with advertising blanket) I Don’t Take G.A.R. Bitters, Don’t be a Mule, G.A.R. Bitters Is the Greatest Home Remedy Known, Granger Manufacturing Co., Waukesha, Wisconsin
Newspaper Advertisement: G.A.R. Bitters made by A.L. Granger, a soldier in the 10th Wisconsin to face the disease and heat of the South during the Civil War. $1.00 per Bottle
The Post Crescent, Friday, July 26, 1907

Advertising Trade Card
H 56.3 HARTLEY’S PURE TONIC BITTERS, Try Hartley’s Pure Tonic Bitters for the Malaria and Indigestion. Presented by Hoffman & Gottchalk, Berne & Linn Grove, Indiana Probably related to Hartley’s Peruvian Bark Bitters, Muncie, Indiana (see H54.5, BBs2)

01 May 2019 | Wednesday

Working with some outstanding images from the great Ben Swanson collection of medical ephemera. In this case it is for unlisted bitters material. The new listings in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2 are as follows:

Advertising Envelope
O 60 DR. OLLIN’S GOLDEN BITTERS, Don’t fail to use Dr. Ollin’s Golden Bitters, A. F. Fish, New Bedford, Mass., Proprietor of McDonald’s Iatropon. Anson F. Fish, Wholesale Pedler, 222 County Kempton, New Bedford, Massachusetts
New Bedford, Massachusetts, City Directory, 1867

Advertising Envelope
R 29.7 REGNAULT’S EUREKA BITTERS, Granger & Co., Wholesale Grocers, Titusville, PA., Sole Agents for Regnault’s Eureka Bitters
Newspaper advertisement: Granger & Co., Sole Agents in the United States for Regnault’s Eureka Bitters
The Titusville Herald (Pennsylvania), Saturday, June 12, 1869

Advertising Envelope
B 18.7  BARBER’S FAMILY BITTER’S, Barber Medicine Co., 904 East 19th St. Kansas City, Missouri Barber’s Family Bitters for Medicinal Use. Pleasant to Take, Sure to Cure, Perfectly Safe in Action., Barber Medicine Co., Retail Druggists, James E. Barber, Manager, 900 E. 19th
Kansas City, Missouri Directory, 1896 -1898. Company listed as late as 1941 selling Veterinary Remedies.

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Botanic Nerve Bitters – Herb Medicine Company, Philadelphia

Botanic Nerve Bitters

Herb Medicine Company – Philadelphia

26 April 2019

I came across some nice pictures of a partially labeled (about 90% compete) Botanic Nerve Bitters bottle from a past eBay sale. The gentleman who sent the images felt that the brand might be unlisted even though Bitters Bottles referenced a B 166.5 Botanic Nerve Bitters. Note that I clipped away the background in Photoshop. That catalog listing is:

B 166.5  BOTANIC NERVE BITTERS
Dr. Miller, Philadelphia
WAT Supp Lost
Trade Mark April 1866 issued to Dr. John P. Miller, Herb Medicine Co. Philadelphia. The business began in 1885.
Drug Catalogs: 1880 Goodwin, 1887 MP, 1888 RS, 1896-7 and 1901-2 JP&K Co.

There is also reference above the B 166.5 listing of a B 166 Botanic Kidney, Liver, Blood and Nerve Bitters being sold by Dr. Miller (John P. Miller) in Philadelphia. The notice came from the Public Ledger on May 21, 1884. There is a notation, “As this date precedes Botanic Nerve Bitters, it is assumed Dr. Miller shortened his brand name when he applied for a trade mark, or perhaps, these additional words were data on the label, and the bottle was lettered with the shortened name.”

The black and white trade card image in the book, pictured next to the listing, depicts both a weak and a healthy proud rooster in a ‘before and after’ scenario. Here is a color version.

I can see that we need a little more evidence to determine if this bottle is unlisted or listed.

If you notice on the label on the bottle above, the ‘Botanic Nerve Bitters’ name can be mostly read. We get into a little trouble at the bottom of the label where we can just make out ‘Medicine Co’. and possibly, ‘Philadelphia’. There is also an illustration of a pile of stones and marsh grass on the label, and get this, it is also embossed on the bottle and noted as ‘TRADE MARK.” How great is that? What is this, a cairn?

A quick search online reveals this great image below of a Botanic Nerve Bitters box and fully labeled, with contents, bottle held by the National Museum of American History. This confirms of course, that our subject bottle is B 166.5 in Bitters Bottles. The listing says the box is 8 7/8 in x 3 in x 2 in and the bottle is 8 3/4 in x 2 7/8 in x 1 7/8 in.

Cure of kidney, liver, blood, nerve diseases, and their kindred complaints such as dropsy, nervous prostration, debility, human decay, loss of energy, mental and physical weakness, overworked brain, defective memory, dimness of sight, pain in side, liver complaint, lame back, cloudy urine, losses and escapes, costiveness, headache, pimples on face, night sweats, consumptive decline, weakness arising from abuse or overwork, impotence, aversion to society, unfitness to marry, melancholy, restlessness, loss of spirits, etc. etc. brain and nerve food.

Here are two representative newspaper advertisements below for Botanic Nerve Bitters depicting a rather dismal looking young man. Notice that ‘Cure’ and ‘Remedy’ is also used to describe the product. The first ad is from The Times (Philadelphia), Friday, August 19, 1887. The bitters is noted as being Prepared by The Herb Medicine Company in Philadelphia, PA. They are selling the bitters for 50 cts. per bottle or $5 for a dozen from Dr. J. P. Miller’s Drug Store on 15 N. Eleventh Street. The second ad is from The Press Herald, Friday, October 30, 1891. The address changes for Herb Medicine Company to 346 Dillwyn Street.

The bitters was advertised from 1885 to 1891 or so. Sometimes later advertisements are selling the product for less than the marked value and sometimes they are probably unloading attic or unsold stock.

Do not expect one bottle to cure you. Cases of long standing may not feel much change for the better until two or three bottles have been taken. Half a dozen bottles cure more than three-fourths of the cases yet there are some very bad cases that require more.

Here is a final newspaper advertisement below from The News Journal on Saturday February 27, 1904. No more bitters. The Herb Medicine Company was now prominently selling Asparagus, Watercress and Buchu Compound for the same afflictions as the Botanic Nerve Bitters. It also looks like the dismal man is back. The times had changed. Bitters no longer had a good name, no matter how you pitched it.

Select Listings:

1840: John P Miller, Birth Date: 30 June 1840, Birth Place: Pennsylvania, Father: Peter Miller, Mother: Elizabeth Beekley – Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966
1870: John P Miller, Physician, Age in 1870: 30, Birth Year: abt 1840, Birthplace: Pennsylvania, Dwelling Number: 247, Home in 1870: Jenner, Somerset, Pennsylvania, Personal Estate Value: 500, Inferred Spouse: Sarah Miller, Inferred Children: Mary J Miller, Anna B Miller, Household Members: John P Miller 30, Sarah Miller 26, Mary J Miller Anna B Miller 2 – 1870 United States Federal Census
1880: J. P. Miller, M.D., Age: 40, Birth Date: Abt 1840, Birthplace: Pennsylvania, Home in 1880: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Street: Haverford Ave., House Number: 4929, Dwelling Number: 184, Marital status: Married, Spouse’s name: Sarah Miller, Father’s Birthplace: Pennsylvania, Mother’s Birthplace: Pennsylvania, Household Members: J. P. Miller 40, Sarah Miller 36, Mary Miller 14, Annie Miller 12 – 1880 United States Federal Census
1900: John P Miller, Piano Tuner, Age: 59, Birth Date: Jun 1840, Birthplace: Pennsylvania, Home in 1900: Philadelphia Ward 34, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ward of City: 34th, Street: Vine Street, House Number: 6060, Sheet Number: 5, Number of Dwelling in Order of, Visitation: 80, Family Number: 84, Marital status: Married, Spouse’s name: Sarah Miller, Marriage Year: 1866, Father’s Birthplace: Pennsylvania, Mother’s Birthplace: Pennsylvania, Household Members: John P Miller 59, Sarah Miller 56, Mamie J Miller 33, Anna B Miller 32 – 1900 United States Federal Census
1908: John P Miller, Death Date: 15 January 1908, Death Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966
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Plows Celebrated Sherry Bitters – Chicago

Plows Celebrated Sherry Bitters

William J. Plows – Chicago

21 April 2019 (R•042219)

Glass Works Auctions has a wonderful example of a figural Plows Sherry Bitters in their upcoming ‘Colors of Spring’ Catalog Auction #130. The bottle is pictured at the top of the post, in the grouping above and below. The Plows, in the form of a cluster of grapes, is drop-dead gorgeous. Even the label panel on the reverse is shaped like a grape leaf. The auction opens for bid on April 22nd and closes on April 29th, 2019.

I have not seen this particular example before as it has been nested away for many years with Sidney Genius, a name I’ve heard of, but a person I have not met. Apparently he has or had some great bitters which are now being auctioned by Glass Works over a period of time

Here is the Glass Works Auctions listing:

2. “PLOW’S / SHERRY BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, P-111), American, ca. 1870 – 1880, amber cluster of grapes, 8”h, smooth base, applied ring mouth. A tiny 3/16” by 1/16” sliver type chip is off the inside edge of the lip. Extremely rare, one of the most difficult to find of the true figural bitters! Sidney Genius Collection. Minimum Bid: $4,000. Estimate: $7,000 – $10,000

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

P111  PLOW’S SHERRY BITTERS
PLOW’S ( cd ) / SHERRY BITTERS (cd) // c //
8 x 2 5/8 (5)
Round-bunch of grapes, Amber, NSC, Applied mouth, Extremely rare
Label panel is shaped like a grape leaf.

Notice that the listing above and the embossing on the bottle has no proprietor or manufacturer name, nor a city where it was produced. The copy simply says ‘Plow’s Sherry Bitters.’ There is no Plows advertising, no surviving label, no trade cards, nothing.

Like other collectors, I wondered about this bottle for many years until I heard that the 1st Chicago Bottle Club posted an image of the following advertisement on their website. It turns out that bitters authority Ted Krist originally found the ad in January 2016 while researching the Plows. Ted shared the find with the club and recently included the Plows advertising find and information in his seminar at the FOHBC 2018 Cleveland National Convention where he likened his find to “even a blind squirrel finds an acorn every once in a while.” This little ad has it all and solved the case after so many years of not knowing.

Oh, here is my example pictured below. I love the amber coloration which changes throughout the bottle. The Plows bottles only come in amber, so no color runs here. This example came from the American Bottle Auctions, Grapentine I Auction in April 2007. It was previously auctioned by Glass Works Auctions in Auction #48 and noted as ex: Frank Barranco. It has a drippy top, loads of whittle and is a top specimen.

William J. Plows

There is not a terrible amount of information out there about W. J. Plows. We know that he was born in New York around 1831. In 1855, he was living in New York with his wife Olivia and one child according to the New York State Census. Five years later, an 1860 United States Federal Census lists him working in a saloon in Milwaukee. William J. and his wife are listed with three children, Olivia age 6, Edward age 4 and Gertrude age 2.

W. J. Plows leaves Milwaukee and is next found in Chicago in 1866 where he is a partner at Smith & Plows. William J. and Charles R. Smith are selling wholesale wines and liquors at 103 S. Water Street. This partnership ended on March 27, 1867 according to the Chicago Tribune. Plows left while leaving the newly named C. R. Smith & Co. to continue with the liquor business. He might have been bought out leaving him some money to finance his Plows Sherry Bitters endeavors.

Plows must have, in quick order, gone into business with William D. Harris and B. H. Upham as Plows, Harris & Upham is listed in 1867 as liquor dealers located on 72 Randolph street according to the John C. W. Bailey’s Business Directory of Chicago. This is pretty much the same information on the ad posted by the 1st Chicago Bottle Club except their ad also notes that Plows, Harris & Upham were Wholesale Dealers in Alcohols, Cologne Spirits and Foreign and Domestic Liquors and that they were the Manufacturers and Sole Proprietors of “Plows” Celebrated Sherry Bitters. The bottle was probably ordered only once in a group and sold wholesale and retail in 1867.

This partnership would end as Plows is next listed as a partner with Plows, Abel & Humiston (William J. Plows, John Abel and Len S. Humiston) who were liquor dealers located at 154 Dearborn. They were listed in 1867 and 1868. There is some overlap here as Plows must have had a few irons in the stove. A newspaper Dissolution notice for Plows, Abel & Humiston occurred as of April 20, 1869. The notice said that W. J. Plows would continue the wholesale liquor business at 154 Dearborn.

Bitters collectors might be familar with the names John Abel and Len S. Humiston as they put out Mountain Root Bitters.

Read: Abel, Humiston & Co.’s Mountain Root Bitters!

In 1869, W. J. Plows put out notices that he was wanting to sell his old wholesale liquor business cheap so he could go into distilling and rectifying. The 1870 Federal Census lists him as a distiller and all other available listings after this date note that Plows was in the distilling business. His son Edward would join him as a clerk and accountant. In 1875, Plows buys, at a government auction, the distillery of the Union Copper Distilling Company.

In 1878, William J. Plows is listed as the Proprietor of Vienna Coffee located at 65 Dearborn with a residence in Zurich. I guess that these were his golden pasture years. Plows would die in the early 1880s leaving his wife a widow and antique bottle collectors with a great bottle.

Select Listings:

1855: Wm J Plows, Birth Year: abt 1831, Age: 24, Residence: New York City, Ward 19, New York, New York, District: E.D.3, Household number: 29, Line Number: 34, Household Members: Wm J Plows 24, Olivia Plows 19, Livydell Plows 1 – New York State Census, 1855
1860: Wm J Plows, Saloon, Age: 29, Birth Year: abt 1831, Birth Place: New York, Home in 1860: Milwaukee Ward 4, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Post Office: Milwaukee, Dwelling Number: 370, Family Number: 381, Real Estate Value: 100, Personal Estate Value: 500, Household Members: Wm J Plows 29, Olivia Plows 23, Olivia D Plows 6, Edward Plows 4, Gertrude L Plows 2, George Pierce 15 – 1860 United States Federal Census
1866: Smith & Plows (Charles R. Smith and William J. Plows, wholesale wines and liquors, 103 S. Water – Chicago, Illinois, City Directory, 1866
1867: Dissolution of Smith & Plows partnership as of March 27, 1867 – Chicago Tribune, Saturday, March 30, 1867

1867: Plows, Harris & Upham (W. J. Plows, Wm. D. Harris & B. H. Upham), liquor dealers, 72 Randolph – John C. W. Bailey’s Business Directory of Chicago
1867 (presumed): Advertisement: Plows, Harris & Upham (W. J. Plows, Wm. D. Harris & B. H. Upham), Wholesale Dealers in Alcohols, Cologne Spirits and Foreign and Domestic Liquors, Manufacturers and Sole Proprietors of “Plows” Celebrated Sherry Bitters, No. 72 Randolph Street, Chicago – Ted Krist

1867 & 1868: Plows, Abel & Humiston (William J. Plows, John Abel and Len S. Humiston), liquor dealers, 154 Dearborn – Chicago, Illinois, City Directory, 1867 and 1868
1868: A Novel Confidence Game, Water Instead of Whiskey – An Attempted Block Failed – W. J. Plows formerly senior partner of Plows, Harris & Upham – Chicago Tribune, Wednesday, January 22, 1868

1869: Dissolution of Plows, Abel & Humiston (below) as of April 20, 1869. W. J. Plows will continue the wholesale liquor business 154 Dearborn – Chicago Tribune, Wednesday, April 21, 1869

1869: W.J. Plows wanting to sell his old wholesale liquor business cheap so he can go into distilling (below). – Chicago Tribune, Sunday, December 5, 1869

1869: W. J. Plows & Co. (William J. Plows), Wholesale Wines and Liquors, 154 Dearborn – Chicago, Illinois, City Directory, 1869
1870: Wm J. Plows, Distiller, Age in 1870: 39, Birth Year: abt 1831, Birthplace: New York, Dwelling Number: 1897, Home in 1870: Chicago Ward 12, Cook, Illinois, Personal Estate Value: 20,000, Real Estate Value: 15,000, Inferred Spouse: Olivia Plows, Household Members: Wm J Plows 39, Olivia Plows 34, Levidell Plows 16, Edward Plows 14, Gertrude Plows 12, Florence Plows 10, Amy Plows 10, Josephine Plows 8, Maritha Plows 6, William Plows 4, James Plows 2 – 1870 United States Federal Census
1873: William J Plows, Distiller, Edward Plows, clerk, 261 and 233 Kinzie, r. 474 N. LaSalle, Chicago, Illinois – Chicago, Illinois, City Directory, 1873
1874: William J. Plows, Distiller, 263 Kinzie  – Chicago, Illinois, City Directory, 1874
1875: W.M. Plows buys, at government auction, the distillery of the Union Copper Distilling Company – The Inter Ocean (Chicago), Thursday, August 19, 1875

1875: William J. Plows, Distiller and Rectifier, 263 Kinzie (Junker Roelle & Co. at same address) – Lakeside Directory of the State of Illinois, 1875
1877: William J Plows, Agent, 261 Kinzie, r. 212 Schiller, Chicago, Illinois – Chicago, Illinois, City Directory, 1877
1878: William J. Plows, Proprietor Vienna Coffee, 65 Dearborn, res Zurich – Chicago, Illinois, City Directory, 1878
1882: William J Plows, 6 Dearborn, Chicago, Illinois – Chicago, Illinois, City Directory, 1882
1886: Olivia Plows, widow William J. 1539 Wrightwood Avenue – Lakeview, Illinois, City Directory, 1886
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Watkins’ Celebrated & Invigorating Bitters, John R. Watkin’s, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Watkins’ Celebrated & Invigorating Bitters

John R. Watkin’s – Lancaster, Pennsylvania

09 April 2019

I’ve had tucked away and stored in a digital folder, the upper-most advertisement for John R. Watkins, Agent, Wholesale and Retail Dealer in Foreign and Domestic Wines and Liquors, Raspberryade, Rectified Whiskey and Watkins’ Celebrated Bitters, &c. Watkins was located on the southeast corner of Centre Square in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The advertisement was found in the 1867 Directory of Lancaster County. I’m not familiar with this bitters and I’ve certainly never seen a bottle.

Here is the new listing by Bill Ham within the forthcoming Bitters Bottles Supplement 2:

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W 54.8  WATKINS CELEBRATED BITTERS (also Watkin’s Invigorating Bitters, same brand), John R. Watkins & Co., Southeast corner of Centre Square, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Watkins was a wholesale and retail dealer in foreign and domestic wines and liquors, raspberryade, rectified whiskey and Watkins’ Celebrated Bitters, &c. – 1867 Directory of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Here is an odd listing within the first Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham Bitters Bottles book for another J. R. Watkins bitters bottle. I see no connection. The listing may want to be updated in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2.

W 55 L… Watkins Gen-de-can-dra Stomachic Tonic Bitters
J.R. Watkins Company, from ocean to ocean.
8 1/2
Flask, Amber, ARM
Gen-De-Can-Dra Manufactured only by the J.R. Watkins Medical Company, Proprietors of Dr. Ward’s Remedies, Winona, Minn.
Montreal River Miner and Iron County Republican, Saturday, May 26, 1894
The La Harpe Advertiser, Thursday, February 3, 1921

The J. R.Watkins Medical Company, Proprietors – Montreal River Miner and Iron County Republican, Saturday, May 26, 1894

Watkins Gen-De-Can-Dra – The La Harpe Advertiser, Thursday, February 3, 1921

This advertisement below from the Reading Times 0n Tuesday, December 22, 1868, titled “Health! The Greatest Blessing!” Notice that the bitters is now called Watkins Invigorating Bitters. As typical for most bitters of this time period, the product is touted as being a cure-all for just about everything. The product is again sold wholesale and retail by John R. Watkins, who is noted as being associated with his wine, liquor and porter establishment at Centre Square in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Centre Square in Lancaster

From 1863 to about 1969, John R. Watkins was located on the southeast corner of Centre Square (now Penn Square) and Soldiers Monument in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Soldiers and Sailors Monument is a 43-foot tall Gothic Revival memorial which stands in Penn Square in downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It was dedicated on July 4, 1874, at its present site on the northeast intersection of King and Queen Streets. The monument’s original intention was to pay tribute to Lancaster Union soldiers killed during the American Civil War. However, today the Soldiers and Sailors Monument also represents those who have served in subsequent American military conflicts.

John R. Watkins

John R. Watkins was born on October 7, 1822 in Wales, Great Britain. He was married in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on November 10, 1853 to Margaret A. Kendig. Their household occupants (besides husband and wife) that were listed in the 1860 United States Federal Census were Anna L. Watkins, Ruth Watkins, John F. Watkins, Philip K. Watkins, Isaac M. Watkins, William J. W. Watkins and John R. Watkins.

Though records are scarce, we see that on February 21, 1857, Watkins was appointed U.S. Postmaster for Lancaster, Pennsylvania. By 1860, the United States Federal Census lists his occupation as an Innkeeper.

In the 1863, 1864 Gopsill´s Directory of Lancaster, Harrisburg, Lebanon and York, Pennsylvania we see John R. Watkins selling Liquors at Centre Square. He is living at 178 N. Queen. Both addresses in Lancaster.

In 1867, we see his first advertisements for Watkin’s Invigorating Bitters and Watkin’s Celebrated Bitters. These were the same brand. That same year, “Watkins purchased the bottling establishment of Mr. Mishler and is now engaged in bottling.” according to the Reading Times.

He would continue advertising the bitters in 1868 and stop in 1869. Watkins would die in 1875.

Read: Mishler’s Herb Bitters and the Mishler Family

Select Listings:

1822: John R Watkins, Birth Date: 7 Oct 1821 1822 – U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current
1853: John R Watkins, Marriage Date: 10 Nov 1853, Marriage Place: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Father: David D Watkins, Mother: Rachel Watkins, Spouse: Margaretta A KendigPennsylvania, Marriages, 1852-1968
1857: John R Watkins, Appointment of U.S. Postmaster, Post Office Location: Oregon, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Appointment Date: 21 Feb 1857 – U.S., Appointments of U. S. Postmasters, 1832-1971
1860: John R Watkins, Innkeeper, 30, Birth Year: abt 1825, Birth Place: Wales, Home in 1860: Lancaster, North East Ward, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Post Office: Lancaster, Dwelling Number: 190, Family Number: 194, Household Members: John R Watkins 35, Margeret Watkins 28, Anna L Watkins 8, Ruth Watkins 17, John F Watkins 19 (painter), Philip K Watkins 36 (Dentist, New York), Isaac M Watkins 36, William J W Watkins 25 (Slater, Wales), John R Watkins 30 (Slater, Pa) – 1860 United States Federal Census
1863: John R Watkins, Liquors, Centre Sq., h 178 N Queen, Lancaster, Pennsylvania – Gopsill´s Directory of Lancaster, Harrisburg, Lebanon and York, 1863-64
1867: Newspaper advertisement (below) Watkin’s Invigorating Bitters, John R. Watkins, Sole Proprietor, Centre Square, Lancaster, Pa. – Reading Times, Monday, September 30, 1867

1867: Newspaper notice (below) John R. Watkins purchased the bottling establishment of Mr. Mishler and is now engaged in bottling. – Reading Times, Monday, September 30, 1867

1867: Advertisement (top of post) John R. Watkins, Agt. Wholesale and Retail Dealer in Foreign and Domestic Wines and Liquors, Raspberryade, Rectified Whiskey, Watkins’ Celebrated Bitters, &c., Southeast Corner of Centre Square, Lancaster, Pa. – 1867 Directory of Lancaster County
1867: Advertisement (below) John R. Watkins, Wholesale and Retail Dealer in Foreign and Domestic Wines and Liquors, Raspberryade, Rectified Whiskey, London Porter, Watkins’ Invigorating Bitters, Southeast Corner of Centre Square, Lancaster, Pa. – 1867 Directory of Lancaster County

1868: Advertisement (body of post) Health the Greatest Bless, Watkins’ Invigorating Bitters, Centre Square, Lancaster, Pa. – Reading Times, Tuesday, December 22, 1868
1869: John R Watkins, wines and liquors, SE Angle Centre Sq., h W Orange n Prince, Lancaster, Pennsylvania – Directory of Lancaster County, 1869-70
1875: John R Watkins, Death Date: 19 Nov 1874 1875, Cemetery: Lancaster Cemetery, Burial or Cremation Place: Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Spouse: Margaret A. Watkins – U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current

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The Cherokee Medicine Company – Galveston, Texas

The Cherokee Medicine Company Galveston, Texas

Is this Lueder “Louis” Koester?

07 April 2019 (Koester jug added late the same day)

Advanced Texas bottle collector Brad Seigler recently sent me a picture of an aqua square embossed The Cherokee Medicine Co. from Galveston, Texas. It is pictured above sitting to the left of an aqua IXL Sarsaparilla & Iodide Potassium from Houston and an amber Dr. Tobin Liver Medicine from Austin. All three of these bottles are extremely rare.

Brad wrote the following about these three bottles over at Antique-Bottles.net:

I went to see my best collector friend this weekend, and managed to get a couple really nice bottles from him. The Cherokee Medicine Company, from Galveston, is the only undamaged example that any of us have seen to date. The only other example to ever come up was posted on this site, but it is badly broken.

The IXL Sarsaparilla looks a lot like the Morley’s sassy from St. Louis, but it is embossed “IXL Sarsaparilla & Potassium Iodide, Dr. R. Cotter, Houston Tex.”

Dr. Richard Cannon owned one of these too, but this one came from Bill Agee’s collection. There is one more that came from eBay a few years back.

The amber Dr. Tobin’s Liver Medicine bottle is from Austin, Texas. I have a small clear one, and there is a large clear one in the same mold as this one. Both of those are rare, but this is the only amber one I have come across to date.

It was a nice day getting to see the Texas countryside, old friends, great bottles and I even got to bring a few bottles home with me. Thanks for looking guys!

In corresponding with Brad, he feels that this aqua Cherokee Medicine Company bottle contained a bitters based partly on the accompanying 1905 advertisement he sent for L. Koester (see below) who was a wholesale liquor dealer in Galveston. He also was the proprietor of Cherokee Bottling Co. which bottled wines, cordials and bitters. It certainly looks like a bitters bottle. Let’s check it out.

First of all, L. Koester stands for Lueder “Louis” Koester who was born on 17 April 1847 in Schönebeck, Bremen, Deutschland, which of course is Germany.

Below you will see the earliest advertisement I could find for Cherokee Bottling Co. which features “Golden and Silver Eagle Bottled Liquors” for sale by Henry Toujouse and J. J. Schott, Druggist and Agents for Galveston. Note that bitters are not referenced, nor is L. Koester. The ad is from The Galveston Daily News, Tuesday, May 27, 1890.

An 1880 Galveston, Texas City Directory first lists Koester working with LeGierse & Company who were wholesale grocers located at 52 Strand. He was residing at Tremont House between O and O 1/2 Streets. The Strand business and historical district is off of downtown Galveston and consists mainly of Victorian era buildings.

In 1894 and 1895, L. Koester was listed as a wholesale liquor dealer and proprietor of Cherokee Bottling Company which specialized in wines, cordials and bitters. He was the agent for Rood & Ross Ciders and Deerfield Mineral Waters and was located at 110 Twenty-Fourth South with a Telephone number of 909.

In all of these ads, there is no mention of The Cherokee Medicine Company so I suspect that Koester used the “Cherokee” name in Galveston. This is a jump as I can find no direct listings for The Cherokee Medicine Company or Koester being tied to it. This probably amplifies the rariety of the bottle. Why advertise for something that barely even existed?

As you might expect, there are other “Cherokee” medicine references in the late 19th and early 20th century. This includes:

1875: A. J. Hunt’s Celebrated Cherokee Bitters (Columbus Courier, Thursday, June 24, 1875) [Kansas] Unlisted The new listing by Bill Ham for the forthcoming Bitters Bottles Supplement 2:

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H 213.85  A. J. Hunt’s Celebrated Cherokee Bitters
Columbus Courier, Thursday, June 24, 1875  [Columbus, Kansas]

1875: The good citizens of Rockingham and Page Counties, Virginia disgusted with the practices of illicit venders of intoxicating liquors in Port Republic and Luray selling “Cherokee Bitters.” I think in this case, Cherokee Bitters is a “catch all” name for all quack bitters. (Spirit of Jefferson, Tuesday, January 26, 1875) [Charles Town, West Virginia]

1881: Dr. Brunt, the great Indian medicine man, intends to make a specialty of the manufacture of the renowned Cherokee Bitters. (Osage Mission Journal, Wednesday, January 12, 1881) [Mission, Kansas] This could be related to A. J. Hunt’s Celebrated Cherokee Bitters mentioned above 1875.

1882: J. G. Yeiser, Manufacturer and Proprietor of the Celebrated “Cherokee Bitters,” Rome, Georgia (The Coosa River News, Friday, November 3, 1882) [Centre, Alabama] Unlisted

C 91.3 CELEBRATED CHEROKEE BITTERS, J. G. Yeiser, 81 Broad Street, Rome, Ga,, Manufacturer and Distributor. The Coosa River News, Friday, November 3, 1882, Centre, Alabama

1915: Cherokee Medicine Company (Atlanta) selling Old Indian Liver and Kidney Tonic (The Atlanta Constitution)

I’m sure Koester’s life was interrupted by The Great Galveston Hurricane, known regionally as the Great Storm of 1900 which was the deadliest natural disaster in United States history. The hurricane left between 6,000 and 12,000 fatalities in the United States. Most of the deaths occurred in the vicinity of Galveston after storm surge inundated the entire island with 8 to 12 feet of water. It looks like Koester survived the great storm but records are scarce in the aftermath.

From 1903 to 1905, Koester is listed again as a wholesale liquor dealer and proprietor of Cherokee Bottling Company specializing in wines, cordials and bitters. He is agent for Rood & Ross Ciders and is located at 110 Twenty-Fourth Street in Galveston. In 1906, L. Koester, along with being listed as a wholesale liquor dealer and proprietor of the Cherokee Bottling Co., (wines, cordials and bitters), is also representing the purest of ciders. He was also the proprietor of Seaport Rye and agent for Mallard and Mount Vernon Rye and Chicken Cock Whiskey. He was now located at 2424 Strand, Telephone 909.

The 1908 & 1909 Galveston, Texas City Directory lists the California Wine House, with L. Koester selling wines and liquors addressed at 2010 Market Street, Phone 618. He certainly moved around often with his various addresses in Galveston. Advanced Texas digger Brandon DeWolfe sends in the picture below with the following, “Saw your post about the Cherokee Medicine Co. and L. Koester and thought you might like to see this photo of a jug from him, fresh from a privy about a month ago. To say I was elated would be an understatement!

Louis Koester died on March 7, 1915 in Galveston, Texas. He was 67 years old. His wife was Augusta F. W. Koester and their children were Augusta Genesa Bauss, Pauline Wilameina J. Becker and Herman Koester. Herman would eventually work as a druggist in Galveston. You can see the family in both pictures below. Louis Koester has the Van Dyke beard.

Was Koester the proprietor of Cherokee Medicine Co.? Did he or Cherokee Bottling Co. make a bitters? The jury is out on these questions. More advertising and/or a labeled example might conclude the case.

Select Listings: 

1847: Lueder, Julius “Louis” Koester, Birth 17 April 1847, Schönebeck, Bremen, Deutschland
1880: L. Koester with LeGierse & Co., Wholesale Grocers, 52 Strand, res. Tremont bet. O and O 1/2 – Galveston, Texas – Galveston, Texas, City Directory, 1880
1882: LeGierse & Co. (Morris Lasker, Jake Davis), Importers, wholesale grocers, liquors, wines, tobacco, cigars, ne cor Strand. 24th – Morrison & Fourmy’s Galveston City Directory
1890: Newspaper advertisement (above in post) Golden and Silver Eagle Bottled Liquors for sale by Henry Toujouse and J.J. Schott, Druggist, Agents for Galveston, The Cherokee Bottling Co., Galveston – The Galveston Daily News, Tuesday, May 27, 1890
1894: Newspaper advertisement (above in post) L. Koester, Wholesale Liquor Dealer, Proprietor Cherokee Bottling Co., Wines, Cordials and Bitters, Agent Rood & Ross Ciders and Deerfield Mineral Waters, 110 Twenty-Fourth St., Telephone 909 – The Galveston Daily News, Thursday, September 1, 1894
1895: Newspaper advertisement (below) L. Koester, Wholesale Liquor Dealer, proprietor Cherokee Bottling Company, Wines, Cordials etc., Bottled goods a specialty, 110 Twenty-Fourth St., Telephone 909 – The Galveston Daily News, Thursday, September 1, 1895

1903-1905: Directory advertisement (above in post) L. Koester, Wholesale Liquor Dealer, Proprietor of Cherokee Bottling Co., wines, cordials and bitters etc., Agent Rood & Ross Ciders, 110 Twenty-Fourth St., Telephone 909 – 1905 Galveston, Texas City Directory
1906: Directory advertisement (above in post) L. Koester, Wholesale Liquor Dealer, Proprietor Cherokee Bottling Co., wines, cordials and bitters, also the purest ciders, Proprietor Seaport Rye, Agent for Mallard and Mount Vernon Rye, Chicken Cock Whisker, 2424 Strand, Telephone 909 – 1906 Galveston, Texas City Directory

1908-1909: Directory advertisement (below) California Wine House, L. Koester (Lueder or Louis), Wine and Liquor Dealer, Family Wines a Specialty, 2010 Market Street, Phone 618 – 1908 & 1909 Galveston, Texas City Directory
1910: Lueder Koester, Age in 1910: 63, Birth Year: abt 1847, Birthplace: Germany, Home in 1910: Galveston Ward 7, Galveston, Texas, Street: Avenue P, House Number: 3427, Immigration Year: 1871, Relation to Head of House: Head, Marital status: Married, Spouse’s name: Augusta L Koester, Father’s Birthplace: Germany, Mother’s Birthplace: Germany, Native Tongue: English, Occupation: Own Income, Home Owned or Rented: Own, Home Free or Mortgaged: Free, Farm or House: House, Naturalization Status: Naturalized, Years Married: 36, Household Members: Luedar Koester 63, Augusta L Koester 58, Emily L Koester 22 – 1910 United States Federal Census

1915: Lueder, Julius “Louis” Koester, Death 7 March 1915 (aged 67), Galveston, Galveston County, Texas, Burial, Old City Cemetery, Galveston, Galveston County, Texas, Spouse: Augusta F W Koester, Children: Augusta Genesa Bauss, Pauline Wilameina J. Becker, Herman Koester – U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current
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U.S.A. Hospital Department bottles

U.S. Army Hospital Department bottles

31 March 2019

I’ve always wanted to create a gallery of U.S. Army Hospital Department bottles. The molds, colors and use during the Civil War and later years epitomizes the history and stunning glass in our hobby. I will update this post as more images become available.

There is some really great information on these bottles by Frank Sternad in Bottles and Extras and Robert J. Dalessandro on his Medical Antiques web site. That is also his picture of five U.S.A Hospital Department bottles at the top of this post.

Read: U.S.A. Hosp. Dept. by Frank Sternad

Read: U.S. Army Hospital Department Bottles by Robert J. Dalessandro


Jeff & Holly Noordsy Window Display

An incredible grouping of U.S.A. Hosp. Dept bottles on display – Jeff & Holly Noordsy


FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National | Shootout

Grouping of competing U.S.A. Hospital. Dept. bottles at the FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo shootout.

Three finalist U.S.A. Hospital. Dept. bottles at the FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo shootout.

Winning U.S.A. Hospital. Dept. bottle at the FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo shootout. 1st Place, Richard Siri


FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National | Educational Display

U.S.A. Hospital. Dept.display at the FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo – Henry & Cecilia Guillen


Individual Examples

U.S.A. HOSP.DEPT. With applied top. Star on base. 9 1/2″. A nice example in a very pretty green coloration, we don’t see these with this lime variation that often. This has a nice drippy top and good overall crudity. Here’s another good one if you don’t have the color. This is Almost Mint with just a hint of interior stain. A dazzler and worthy of any U.S.A. collection. – American Bottle Auctions

U.S.A. HOSP.DEPT. Applied top. Almost 9 1/2″. Here’s the color everyone is looking for, a cobalt blue variation with the applied square collar. Surely a rare bottle, it seems these and the aqua variants were the only quarts with this type collar and could possibly be the first of the U.S.A. bottles made. Regardless, this is a beauty and if you don’t have a blue quart, this may be the last one to come along for a while. A good one it is, too. It is a medium to light blue with a strong strike and lots of long beautiful whittle and overall crudity. This is a top example, which was recently lightly cleaned to perfection. Seriously folks, lots of whittle, perfect condition, crude top, a real gem that grades Almost Mint. – American Bottle Auctions

A U.S.A. HOSP. DEPT. bottle made for US Army. Applied top. When looking for the perfect hospital department bottle, simply a picture of this outstanding specimen might suffice. Crudely applied top, millions of bubbles, hammer whittled, and in an exotic light to medium citron. – American Bottle Auctions

Nearly 6″ in height with 1 3/4″ clear stopper. Embossing is within a 2 1/4″circle. This example we know was found just like it is now since the original stopper was still in it. It fits like a glove. This bottle is a mossy green, has good overall character and a few beautifully and strategically placed bubbles in the shoulder and throughout the piece. We were not aware, but were told by Mr. Peterson, the seller, that stoppers on most, or possibly all. of these type apothecary pieces were blown in clear durable lead glass. This makes sense since they were already making clear stoppers, why go to the trouble of trying to match a colored stopper for a bottle which would be thrown away anyway (safely–thank goodness). At any rate, this is a real nice example in Almost Mint condition. Any apparent roughness on lip or otherwise is simply a reflection of light.- American Bottle Auctions

U.S.A. HOSP.DEPT. on shoulder. 7 1/4″ with crudely applied lip and smooth base. A fairly light colored USA with simple overall texture on first glance. However, when held in your hand it has a good amount of unevenness to the glass. There are a few scratches but this piece is generally Near Mint and has never been cleaned. A brilliant and delicate color. – American Bottle Auctions

U.S.A. HOSP.DEPT. Wide mouth aqua. 7 1/2″. A good example of this well-known variant with the wide mouth, probably used for an infinite number of things involving medicine. This was recently cleaned and would grade Near Mint. Color on this is a bluish/green aqua with loads of whittle and a crudely applied top. A good one for the U.S.A. collection. – American Bottle Auctions

U.S.A. HOSP.DEPT. Quart with applied top. 9 1/4″. A fine apricot or light orange yellow example. This has a nice crude top and lights up any grouping. A good one if you don’t have this color, it is an Almost Mint bottle with some decent crudity. – American Bottle Auctions

Lot: 18 “U.S.A / Hosp. Dept” Medicine Bottle, America, 1860-1870. Cylindrical, medium cobalt blue, applied square collared mouth – smooth base with embossed “X” and center dot, ht. 9 inches; (1/4 inch open surface bubble on shoulder). AAM pg. 535 A rare, beautiful color with a highly whittled exterior surface. Generally fine condition. Dr. Charles and Jane Aprill collection. Price Realized: $9,360 – Heckler Auctions: The Aprill Collection: Blue Bottles & Glass, Session I Premier Auction 172

U.S.A. HOSP.DEPT. Quart with applied top. An aqua variant of this well known and popular bottle, these aqua variants are harder to find than some people think. Notice that this has the square applied collar similar to the blue example in this auction. In addition, the U.S.A. embossing is curved rather than straight across. This is a nice greenish aqua and has decent overall crudity. There is a tiny polished flake off the front lip, with still a tiny bit of roughness. Very hard to see. Has a little interior dirt. A good addition to any collection, if you don’t have the aqua quart yet, this could be the one. – American Bottle Auctions

USA / HOSP. DEPT (on front) – S D S (on base), Cylindrical,  9 1/4″ high, Golden yellowish with an amber tone, the applied top is a short blob above a short taper, bold embossing. Lots of bubbles in the glass, perfect conditions, fine example in a scarce color. – GreatAntiqueBottles.com

U.S.A. HOSP.DEPT. Applied top. Almost 9 1/2″. Now here’s a special bottle that we knew would be the belle of the ball. An emerald green with just a hint of moss, this bottle differs from the other quarts in a couple ways. First the embossing is a little larger if you compare it to the others. It is also more pronounced. In addition, it has what appears to be a pour spout, which we can’t say if it was done on purpose or just a fluke in production. Beyond those differences, the bottle is also one of the most whittled specimens we’ve ever seen. Just absolutely hammered with loads of overall crudity and character. The glass is easy to see through the middle and darker at the top and bottom. An incredible example, drippy top and all. Aside from a few very light and minor scratches, this one grades close to Almost Mint. A true beauty. – American Bottle Auctions

USA / HOSP. DEPT., yellowish amber, 9 1/4″ high, Smooth Base, nice crude “drippy” applied top, bold embossing, thousands of bubbles in the glass, pristine perfect condition, a very nice example, circa 1860-1870 – GreatAntiqueBottles.com

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