1. ST / DRAKES / 1860 / PLANTATION / X / BITTERS - PATENTED - 1862, (Ring/Ham, D-105), New York, ca. 1862 - 1875, light ginger ale color 6-log cabin, 10h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.
Perfect condition and numerous tiny air bubbles.
Only a very few exist in this exciting color. Howard acquired it in 1975 when the Charles Gardner Collection was sold. It was lot 501 and was thought to be important enough to warrant a picture of it in the catalog color plates (plate XIII). A sticker on the base tells us that Mr. Gardner acquired it from a Mr. Cooper. In our opinion this is the most important Drakes in Howards collection. Howard Crowe Collection.
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2. DRAKES / PLANTATION / BITTERS - PATENTED / 1862, (Ring/Ham, D-109), New York, ca. 1862 - 1875, light to medium yellow green (citron) 5-log cabin, 9 7/8h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.
About perfect condition. A very clean (barely noticeable) tiny flake is off a log tip.
Extremely bold impression, wonderful clarity of color. Of the known log counts the five log is by far the scarcest. Over the years we have auctioned a small number, but can only recall offering one (with considerable damage) in this absolute stunning color! This is a rare opportunity of acquire a Drakes in a color that very few collectors will have! Howard Crowe Collection.
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3. (Arabesque motif) / DRAKES / (arabesque motif) / PLANTATION / BITTERS - PATENTED / 1862, (Ring/Ham, D-102), New York, ca. 1862 - 1875, deep pink amethyst 6-log cabin, 9 7/8h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.
Another one of Howards favorites and one of only two or three in this amethyst coloration. Howard Crowe Collection.
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4. (Arabesque motif) / DRAKES / (arabesque motif) / PLANTATION / BITTERS - PATENTED / 1862, (Ring/Ham, D-102), New York, ca. 1862 - 1875, medium yellowish amber 6-log cabin, 9 7/8h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.
An exceptional example, nice glass whittle and desirable Arabesque embossing. Drakes with the attractive arabesque style embossing are very hard to find and they were one of Howards favorites. Howard Crowe Collection.
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5. ST / DRAKES / 1860 / PLANTATION / X / BITTERS - PATENTED - 1862, (Ring/Ham, D-104), New York, ca. 1862 - 1875, medium yellowish amber 6-log cabin, 10h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.
Pristine perfect condition.
This is the extremely rare variant that has only six logs on all four panels. Two of the panels where logs originally were now have a pebbly texture surface and five rivet circles. This is one of the rarest of all the known Drakes variants! Howard Crowe Collection.
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6. ARABIAN BITTERS - LAWRENCE & WESHSELBAUM / SAVANNAH GA., (Ring/Ham, A-80), Georgia, ca. 1870 - 1880, medium amber, 9 1/2h, smooth base, applied sloping double collar mouth.
Cleaned to original luster, but retains some tiny imperfections. A minor 1/8 chip is off a panel edge.
A very rare southern bitters bottle and the minor mentioned flaws are not detracting.
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7. BENNETS / WILD CHERRY / STOMACH BITTERS - CHENERY, & SOUTHER & CO. / SOLE AGENTS / SAN FRANCISCO, CAL., (Ring/Ham, B-74), (Wischmann, pg. 34), California, ca. 1870 - 1880, amber, 9h, smooth base, applied double collar mouth.
Some light scattered scratches on the shoulder and side of base panels are all that keeps this rare attic found bottle from being in like new condition.
Some nice swirls of glass are in the are of the shoulder.
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8. BROWNS CATALINA / PATD SEPT 17TH 72, (similar to Ring/Ham pg. 120), American, ca. 1865 - 1875, medium golden yellow amber Spanish cannon, 10 3/4h, smooth base, applied mouth.
A pinhead in size flake is off the outer edge of the lip, otherwise in excellent overall attic found condition.
An extremely rare unlisted variant with nicely whittled glass.
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9. BROWNS / CELEBATED / INDIAN HERB BITTERS - PATENTED / FEB 11 / 1868, (Ring/Ham, B-222), American, ca. 1868 - 1875, medium reddish amber Indian Queen, 12h, smooth base, ground lip.
Two 3/8 in-making chips exist off the side of the ground lip, both possibly occurred when the lip was ground. A faint 3/16 by 1/8 bruise is on a knee.
This is the scarce misspelled Celebrated variant.
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10. BROWN'S / CELEBRATED / INDIAN HERB BITTERS - PATENTED / 1868, (Ring/Ham, B-225), American, ca. 1868 - 1870, medium yellow olive with amber tone Indian Queen, 12 1/8h, smooth base, rolled lip.
An area of roughness on a thin edge of the lip was created when not enough glass remained to complete the inward roll.
A very bright, clean bottle in a very attractive hard to find color! One of the most iconic of all antique bitters bottles! Ex. David Kyle Collection.
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11. BROWNS / CELEBRATED / INDIAN HERB BITTERS - PATENTED 1867, (Ring/Ham, B-227), Pennsylvania, ca. 1867 - 1875, deep amber Indian Princess, 12h, smooth base, sheared and inward rolled lip.
Perfect condition, but some dried contents should be washed out.
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12. BROWNS / CELEBRATED / INDIAN HERB BITTERS - PATENTED 1867, (Ring/Ham, B-227), Pennsylvania, ca. 1867 - 1875, golden yellow with amber tone Indian Princess, 12h, smooth base, sheared and inward rolled lip.
A 3/8 by 1/2 open bubble with rough edges is on the upper skirt. A slightly smaller and less apparent one is on the reverse below the upper torso.
Strong yellow coloration and with a fully intact rolled lip. Ex. Durward Lamb Collection.
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13. BROWNS / CELEBRATED / INDIAN HERB BITTERS - PATENTED / FEB 11 / 1868, (Ring/Ham, B-226), Pennsylvania, ca. 1868 - 1875, medium yellow amber Indian Princess, 12 1/8h, smooth base, inward rolled lip.
Pristine perfect condition, wonderful strength of impression (as good as any weve seen), no trace of wear or scratches and has a highly desirable fully intact inward rolled lip.
A number exist, but very few in this remarkable condition. Heres one you can pay a premium for!
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14. BUHRERS. GENTIAN. BITTERS - S. BUHRER. PROPRIETOR, (Ring/Ham, B-251), Ohio, ca. 1876 - 1885, medium amber, 8 1/2h, C & I on smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.
Perfect condition, but some dried inside contents should wash out.
Rated as extremely rare and has only one auction record. The S. Buhrer Eagle Distillery was at 64 and 66 Merwin Street in Cleveland.
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15. M.J. BURKHOLDERS / CELEBRATED / GERMAN BITTERS / MANHEIM, PA., (Ring/Ham, B-269.5), Pennsylvania, ca. 1880 - 1890, aqua, 5 3/4h, smooth base, tooled lip.
Two minor chips, the largest being 1/8 by 1/6 in size are off the edge of the base. Also some inside content stain, possible dried contents.
Extremely rare, the only other one weve seen we sold several years age. In 1764, Manheim is where Henry Stiegel established one of this countries first glass houses. Manheim and the surrounding counties were heavily settled by German immigrants throughout most of the 1700s they still retain a large German population today.
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16. THE GREAT TONIC / CALDWELLS / HERB BITTERS, (Ring/Ham, C-9), Pennsylvania, ca. 1865 - 1875, medium amber, triangular form, 12 5/8h, iron pontil, applied double collar mouth.
Pristine perfect almost new condition.
Wonderful glass brilliance, an overall exceptional example!
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17. THE FISH / BITTERS - W.H. WARE / PATENTED 1866, (Ring/Ham, F-46), Pennsylvania, ca. 1866 - 1875, deep chocolate amber fish, 11 1/8h, W.H. WARE / PATENTED 1866, is weakly embossed on the smooth base, applied mouth.
A small patch of wear is on a gill, otherwise in overall fine condition.
Very different from the normally seen amber coloration and has a nice shading of color.
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18. DR. F. FLESCHHUTS - CELEBRATED / STOMACH BITTERS - LAPORTE. PA, (Ring/Ham, F-54), Pennsylvania, ca. 1870 - 1880, blue aqua, 8 3/4h, smooth base, applied sloping collar mouth.
A rare bottle from a small Pennsylvania town. Ex. Charles Gardner #1214, and Carlyn Ring Collections. Accompanying this lot are three Dr Fleschhuts canceled tax stamps. A cabinet card of Dr. Fleschhut with his signature on the back, and a copy from 1951 of Now and Then, a magazine from the Laporte Historical Society featuring a lengthy article about Dr. Frederick Fleschhut. For those who like the history of a bottle, you cant beat this!
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19. DR. FORESTS / TONIC BITTERS - BACON AND MILLER / HARRISBURG, PENNA., (Ring/Ham, F-68), Pennsylvania, ca. 1875 - 1885, yellowish amber, 9 5/8h, smooth base, applied double collar mouth.
A 1/4 by 1/8 chip is on the outer edge of the lip, otherwise in attic found condition.
The neck and mouth have remnants of the original foil sealant.
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20. WARNER / DR. G.D. WARNER / READING, MICH. - 1880 - WARNER / GERMAN HOP / BITTERS - 1880, (Ring/Ham, G-25), Michigan, ca. 1880 - 1885, yellow amber semi-cabin, 9 7/8h, smooth base, tooled mouth.
Lightly cleaned to near perfect condition. A rare bottle and one of only a few to have arched indented upper panels.
Not many of these around. Check the auction records.
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21. GOLDEN SEAL BITTERS (surrounded by vine motif), (Ring/Ham, G-64), American, ca. 1875 - 1885, golden yellow amber, 9 1/8h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.
Tiny chips are off the top and side of the lip, otherwise in attic found perfect condition.
The embossed vines are that of Golden Seal, an herb native to Eastern North America.
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22. DOCTOR GREGORYS / SCOTCH BITTERS, (Ring/Ham, G-113), Minnesota, ca. 1875 - 1885, yellow amber, 9 1/2h, IGCO on smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.
Cleaned to its original luster and near perfect condition.
It was prepared by the Young Patterson & Co. of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rated as extremely rare and has no auction record!
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23. HAGANS - BITTERS, (Ring/Ham, H-5), New York, ca. 1865 - 1875, yellowish amber, triangular form, 9 7/8h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.
A potstone located near the letter R has a 3/8 cooling stress fissure across it. This is strictly in the making, and not post production damage.
A rare bitters bottle and one of only a very few in the triangular form!
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24. H.P. HERB / WILD / CHERRY / BITTERS / READING / PA - WILD CHERRY / (motif of tree) / BITTERS - BITTERS (on lower roof panels on four sides), (Ring/Ham, H-93), Pennsylvania, ca. 1885 - 1895, olive yellow cabin, 10 1/8h, smooth base, tooled mouth.
About perfect. An area on an inside edge of a rope appears to have been smoothed down or is possibly a mould defect.
Usually seen in shades of amber, considerably less in this more desirable color. One of the most attractive of the roped corner bitters bottles!
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25. HERKULES BITTER / AC (monogram) / 1 QUART, (Ring/Ham, H-98), American, ca. 1890 - 1915, medium yellowish grass green quart, 7 1/2h, smooth base, tooled lip, 97% original front label and 40% shoulder label. The front label reads: 1 Quart, Herkules Bitter, 40% Alcohol.
The bottle is in perfect condition and has a number of tiny air bubbles and glass swirls.
Rarely offered and one of the nicer ones!
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