1. THE BEST BITTERS / IN AMERICA - B. DESENBERG & CO. / KALAMAZOO MICH., (Ring/Ham, B-92), Michigan, ca. 1865 - 1875, reddish amber cabin with roped corners, 9 3/4h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.
A very shallow 1/4 by 3/16 open bubble is on one of the ropes, otherwise in pristine perfect condition. A very attractive, highly desirable bottle and one of the top prizes of the Michigan bottle collecting scene! Ex. Chris Batdorff. Collection. Sidney Genius Collection.
| ||14|| $ 10,000|
2. DINGENS / NAPOLEON COCKTAIL BITTERS - DINGENS BROTHERS / BUFFALO, N.Y., (Ring/Ham, N-4), New York, ca. 1860 - 1870, amber center shading to a more yellowish amber in the sides, drum form, 9 1/2h, iron pontil, applied tapered collar mouth.
A shallow 3/16 by 1/8 chip is off the side of the lip, also some light internal content stain. Great impression, which occasionally can be weak. This is the very rare variant that lacks the pedestal base! Sidney Genius Collection.
| ||10|| $ 3,750|
3. WHEELERS - BERLIN - BITTERS - BALTIMORE, (Ring/Ham, W-83), Maryland, ca. 1850 - 1865, yellow olive, 6-sided, 9 3/4h, open pontil, applied double collar mouth.
Cleaned to its original luster, but retains some ground imperfections. Considered by many to be one of the most attractive and pleasing forms of all early pontiled bitters bottles! Sidney Genius Collection.
| ||8|| $ 6,000|
4. WILLIAM ALLENS - CONGRESS BITTERS, (Ring/Ham, A-29), Vermont, ca. 1865 - 1875, rich blue green color semi-cabin, 10 1/8h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.
An area of in-making roughness where glass extruded through the mould is on a corner panel. Pristine perfect right from the glass house condition. An exceptionally bright, clean bottle that lacks any wear or scratches! Sidney Genius Collection.
| ||3|| $ 1,700|
5. DAVID ANDREWS / VEGETABLE / JAUNDICE / BITTERS / PROVIDENCE / R.I., (Ring/Ham, A-57), Rhode Island, ca. 1840 - 1860, aqua tombstone form, 8h, open pontil, applied tapered collar mouth.
Perfect condition, highly whittled glass and almost no trace of wear. An impressive looking bottle in an eye appealing form, and worthy of that extra bid!
| ||15|| $ 2,500|
6. BROWN CHEMICAL CO - BROWNS IRON BITTERS, (Ring/Ham, B-231), Maryland, ca. 1875 - 1885, olive yellow, 8 5/8h, smooth base, applied double collar mouth.
Lightly cleaned, but still retains some milky inside stain. Common in shades of amber, but very rare in this more attractive color.
| ||14|| $ 400|
7. ONLY 70 CTS / CLARKES / VEGETABLE / SHERRY / WINE / BITTERS / SHARON MASS. (Ring/Ham, C-157), Massachusetts, ca. 1840 - 1860, bluish aqua half-gallon, 11 1/2h, open pontil, applied tapered collar mouth.
Pristine perfect condition, sparkling highly whittled glass accented by numerous seed bubbles. A big impressive looking bottle, the second largest of the Clarkes Sherry Wine Bitters bottles. As a collectible group of early pontil period bitters bottles the Clarkes Bitters from Sharon, Massachusetts are hard to beat. Here size does matter, especially when looking at the half-gallon and gallon size bottles. most tend to have highly whittled very bubbles glass. Several are rare making it a real challenge to collect the entire group! Sidney Genius Collection.
| ||8|| $ 1,100|
8. (Slug Plate) / CLARKES / SHERRY WINE / BITTERS / SHARON / MASS, (Ring/Ham, C-163.5), Massachusetts, ca. 1840 - 1860, bluish aqua, 9 3/4h, rough open pontil, applied tapered collar mouth.
A patch of light milky stain where a label would have been affixed is on the reverse side of the embossing. Considered by many of those who collect them to be the rarest of the Clarkes Sherry Wine Bitters bottles! The slug plate was where the 25 Cents embossing would originally have been. Ex. Dr. Greer Collection #370. Sidney Genius Collection.
| ||5|| $ 650|
9. COOLEYS / ANTI- / DISPEPTIC / OR / JAUNDICE / BITTERS, (Ring/Ham, C-228), Connecticut, ca. 1840 - 1860, aqua, 6 1/4h, open pontil, applied tapered collar mouth.
Perfect condition, but some of the lower lettering is weak. A very unusual form, with fluted shoulder panels and has the embossing on an indented chamfered corner panel. We dont believe weve seen another bottle quite like it! Nice glass whittle and rated as extremely rare! Sidney Genius Collection.
| ||19|| $ 1,600|
10. ST / DRAKES / 1860 / PLANTATION / X / BITTERS - PATENTED - 1862, (Ring/Ham, D-104), New York, ca. 1862 - 1875, medium orange amber 6-log cabin, 10h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.
Pristine perfect condition. This is the extremely rare variant that has 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 probably the rarest of all the known Drakes variants!
| ||16|| $ 750|
11. ST / DRAKES / 1860 / PLANTATION / X / BITTERS - PATENTED / 1862, (Ring/Ham, D-105), New York, ca. 1862 - 1875, medium golden yellow with amber tone 6-log cabin, 10 1/8 h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth
. A tiny surface bubble is on a log tip, also some edge of roof peak wear. Looking for a nice yellow Drakes to fill in the color run? Than this is the one you wont.
| ||12|| $ 550|
12. ST / DRAKES / 1860 / PLANTATION / X / BITTERS - PATENTED / 1862, (Ring/Ham, D-105), New York, ca. 1862 - 1875, dark pink puce color 6-log cabin, 10 h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.
About perfect (a tiny paper thin open bubble is on a roof peak), otherwise in perfect condition. Extremely strong impression and the very tiny flaw is totally non-offensive! Sidney Genius Collection.
| ||4|| $ 230|
13. Unembossed Log Cabin, (similar to Ring/Ham pg. 408), American, ca. 1855 - 1865, deep amber 6-log cabin, 10 1/8h, iron pontil, applied double collar mouth.
Perfect condition, huge iron pontil and no trace of wear. Probably a bitters, but could have also been a whiskey and possibly a precursor to the more familiar Drakes Plantation Bitters.
| ||20|| $ 1,500|
14. DOCTOR / FISCHS BITTERS- W.H. WARE / PATENTED 1866, (Ring/Ham, F-44), Pennsylvania, ca. 1866 - 1875, strong yellowish amber color fish, 11 3/4h, smooth base, applied mouth.
Perfect condition, super impression and no trace of wear! One of the best and has plenty of yellow! Sidney Genius Collection.
| ||14|| $ 600|
15. THE / FISH BITTERS - W.H. WARE / PATENTED 1866, (Ring/Ham F-45), Pennsylvania, ca. 1866 - 1875, golden yellow with amber tone figural fish, 11 1/2h, smooth base, applied ring mouth.
An area of possibly in-making surface roughness is on the fishs tail, also some spotty high point wear. Probably as close to being pure yellow as any weve sold! Purchased from Jim Cope in the Big Deal at the New Orleans Bottle Show. Sidney Genius Collection.
| ||11|| $ 475|
16. (Lot of 2), GOLDEN / BITTERS - GEO. C. HUBBEL & CO., (Ring/Ham, G-63 & 63.5), American, ca. 1865 - 1875, aqua semi-cabin, 3 and 10 1/2h, smooth bases, applied tapered collar mouth.
The full size example is a very bright, clean bottle and in near perfect condition. And not an easy one to find especially in the exceptional condition. The sample size bottle is missing the mouth and upper part of the neck. That said, this extreme rarity is the only one we have ever seen! Sidney Genius Collection.
| ||3|| $ 300|
17. DR. / MANLY HARDYS - GENUINE - JAUNDICE / BITTERS - BANGOR, ME., (Ring/Ham, H-35), Maine, ca. 1840 - 1860, clear with a faint pinkish tint color, 7h, pontil, scarred base, applied tapered collar mouth.
A 1/8 chip is off the side of the lip, otherwise perfect. Crude pebbly glass, extremely rare unlisted color.
| ||10|| $ 550|
18. (Cluster of Cherries) - DR. HARTERS / WILD CHERRY / BITTERS / ST LOUIS - (Cluster of Cherries), (Ring/Ham, H-51), Missouri, ca. 1885 - 1900, reddish amber, 7 1/4h, smooth base, tooled lip.
Perfect condition, scarce cherry embossed side panels.
| ||14|| $ 250|
19. HIGHLAND BITTERS / AND / SCOTCH TONIC, (Ring/Ham, H-117), Tennessee, ca. 1865 - 1875, medium orange amber barrel, 9 7/8h, smooth base, applied mouth.
Some light spotty interior stain otherwise perfect. The only true figural bitters bottle from the State of Tennessee, highly sought after and not readily available! Ralph van Brocklin Collection.
| ||13|| $ 2,500|
20. HOLTZERMANNS / PATENT / STOMACH / BITTERS, (Ring/Ham, H-154), Ohio, ca. 1880 - 1895, amber cabin, 9 3/4h, smooth base, tooled lip, 98% original label.
The bottle is in perfect condition, the label has some light discoloration. Acquired from Jim Cope in the Big Deal! Sidney Genius Collection.
| ||12|| $ 325|
21. GEO. C. GOODWIN - BOSTON - INDIAN VEGETABLE / AND / SARSAPARILLA - BITTERS, (Ring/Ham, I-25), (DeGrafft, #83), Massachusetts, ca. 1840 - 1860, aqua, 8 1/2h, open pontil, applied tapered collar mouth.
Nice example, highly whittled glass. A scarce bottle that appeals to Bitters, Sarsaparilla and Indian bottle collectors alike! Jim Chebalo Collection.
| ||19|| $ 1,200|
22. THE / INDIAN / HERB BITTERS / PREPARED BY / DRS DICKERSON / & STARK / MEDICAL & / SURGICAL / INSTITUTE / KANSAS CITY / MO. - SEND FOR OUR ILLUSTRATED MEDICAL JOURNAL / IT WILL BE SENT FREE TO ANY ADDRESS, (Ring/Ham, I-18), Kansas, ca. 1880 - 1888, yellow amber, 12 3/8h, smooth base, tooled lip.
A 1/2 by 1/2 chip is off the side of the lip above the head dress, otherwise in pristine perfect condition. Extremely rare, one of only three known examples, and the chip, although of some size is very clean making it a prime candidate for a professional repair, that in our opinion when finished would completely mask the damage! The first recorded listing of this bottle was in Carlyn Rings book For Bitters Only, published in 1980. It was a monumental work surpassing the two previous books on the subject by Richard Watson published fifteen years earlier and included many of never before seen bitters including the Kansas City Queen. For the next 35 years no example was found, or known to exist in any collection. Did it really exist, or was it a fantasy bottle that someone made up and submitted as a new find? Finally in 2012 one appears at the St. Joseph, Missouri bottle show and sold to a Kansas City collector. That bottle was eventually sold privately and today sits in a private collection.
| ||12|| $ 15,000|
23. DR. J. HOSTETTERS / STOMACH BITTERS, (Ring/Ham, H-194), Pennsylvania, ca. 1870 - 1880, light lime green color, 9h, W. MCC & CO. on smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.
Cleaned to its original luster, but retains a few light scattered imperfections. Also a 1/8 chip is off the top edge of the lip. What a wild pure green color, and probably as light as any weve seen, you can even read a paper through it! For those who collect this mould for its color you dont want to lose this one!
| ||16|| $ 1,500|
24. DR. J. HOSTETTERS / STOMACH BITTERS, (Ring/Ham, H-194), American, ca. 1865 - 1875, deep yellowish olive green, 9 h, 2 3/4 base diameter.
Some spotty high point wear is on some of the letters, otherwise perfect. This deep green color is normally seen in the larger so called western Hostetters and not smaller base diameter eastern examples. No color run of Hostetters would be complete without this one!
| ||3|| $ 425|
25. DR. J. HOSTETTERS / STOMACH BITTERS, (Ring/Ham, H-194), American, ca. 1865- 1875, lemon yellow, 9h, 2 3/4 base diameter, L & W /2 on a smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth.
Pristine condition, no trace of wear or scratches, but some dried content in the base should wash out. Blown at the Lorenz & Wightman Glass Works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a glass house that made a number of bottles for the Hostetters Company, and known for their more exotic colors!
| ||9|| $ 600|