ITEM 2209. LOT OF TWO LABELED BITTERS
INCLUDING: "ATWOODS GENUINE VEGETABLE PHYSICAL JAUNDICE
BITTERS / PORTLAND, ME" AND "REED'S STOMACH BITTERS
/ NEW HAVEN, CONN.", aquamarine and clear, cylindrical,
smooth bases, 6 7/8"H and 6 9/16"H, applied square
collar and hand tooled square collar, two mint bottles exhibiting
minor label wear. American, 1870-1890, very scarce.
Each of the labeled bitters included in this lot is a scarce
item but it is the sample sized "Reed's Stomach Bitters"
that is in our eyes the "gem" of the pair. Both bottles
are mint (the unembossed Atwoods bottle is also particularly
crude and heavily whittled) with each of the two labels exhibiting
only minor wear. The labeled Atwoods predates the embossed "Georgetown,
Mass." bottles, bearing an 1863 patent date upon the label.
It is also interesting to note that the label indicates that
the bitters contained within were prepared by Portland, Maine's
Nathan Wood, who is listed as the "Sole Proprietor."
The Reeds bottle is somewhat later but it is a rare bottle put
out by New haven, Connecticut merchant George Reed, who is better
known for his "Reed's Gilt Edge Tonic" bottles.