Bitters Bottle, 1850-1860

Summary

Bitters is an herb-infused alcoholic mixture. Named for its bitter taste, the liquid was originally developed as a medicinal tonic to help soothe stomach complaints or other digestive disorders. During the late-19th and early-20th centuries, patent medicine dealers bottled and sold the elixir. Americans purchased bitters in simple mold-blown bottles or ones shaped like drums, barrels, cabins, and even pineapples.

Bitters is an herb-infused alcoholic mixture. Named for its bitter taste, the liquid was originally developed as a medicinal tonic to help soothe stomach complaints or other digestive disorders. During the late-19th and early-20th centuries, patent medicine dealers bottled and sold the elixir. Americans purchased bitters in simple mold-blown bottles or ones shaped like drums, barrels, cabins, and even pineapples.

Artifact

Bitters bottle

Date Made

1850-1860

Creators

W & Co. 

Place of Creation

United States, New York 

 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Davidson-Gerson Gallery of Glass

Object ID

60.10.78

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Glass (Material)

Color

Olive green

Dimensions

Height: 8.5 in

Diameter: 4.5 in

Weight: 1.25 lb

Inscriptions

on front: W & Co / NY