» Home

  » Advertising

  » Animals

  » Animation Art

  » Arcade Jukeboxes & Pinball

  » Autographs

  » Banks, Registers, Vending

  » Barware

  » Bottles and Insulators

  » » Antique Bottles

  » » Antique Bitter Bottles

  » » Antique Fruit Jars

  » » Antique Bottles - Hair Tonic

  » » Antique Ink Bottles

  » » Patent Medicines and Cures

  » » Mineral Water Bottles

  » » Soda Water Bottles

  » » Whiskey Flask

  » Breweriana, Beer

  » Casino

  » Clocks

  » Coins

  » Comics

  » Cultures, Ethnicities

  » Decorative Collectibles

  » Disneyana

  » Fantasy, Mythical & Magic

  » Furniture, Appliances & Fans

  » Historical Memorabilia

  » Holiday, Seasonal

  » Housewares & Kitchenware

  » Knives, Swords & Blades

  » Lamps, Lighting

  » Linens, Fabric & Textiles

  » Metalware

  » Militaria

  » Pens & Writing Instruments

  » Pez, Keychains, Promo Glasses

  » Photographic Images

  » Pinbacks, Nodders, Lunchboxes

  » Postcards & Paper

  » Radio, Phonograph, TV, Phone

  » Religions, Spirituality

  » Rocks, Fossils, Minerals

  » Science Fiction

  » Science, Medical

  » Stamps

  » Tobacciana

  » Tokens

  » Tools, Hardware & Locks

  » Trading Cards

  » Transportation

  » Vanity, Perfume & Shaving

  » Vintage Sewing

Antique Bitter Bottles

One of the most successful frauds ever carried out on the people of the United States was the selling of a patent medicine called Bitters. Bitters was a was a concoction of evil tasting medical herbs, roots or barks laced with enough alcohol to numb the symptoms of any ailment but were usually just a liquid given to improve health. Bitters originated from Germany in the 1700's. The United States started to make Bitters in the early 1800's. In most cases the bitters did make a person feel better as many had a laxative effect. In fact, they were nothing more than alcohol, water and a laxative agent in solution.

Many bitters were formerly manufactured as patent medicines, often serving as an aid for digestion. Like tonics they were supposed to be good for you. The wide sale of the alcoholic beverages called bitters and tonics reflect the primitive state of medicine in the 1800s. Dependence on professional doctors for medication was totally impractical for a large portion of the population.

Antique Bitters Bottles

Antique Bitter Bottles For Sale

Atwood Jaundice Bitters With A Ring Of Seed Bubbles Circling The bottle Look

$24.99
End Date: Monday Dec-11-2017 14:07:26 PST
Buy It Now for only: $24.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

NICE old SEVERA STOMACH BITTERS rated as RARE in Bitters Bottles Book S-88

$84.99
End Date: Monday Dec-11-2017 17:00:01 PST
Buy It Now for only: $84.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

NICE ORANGE AMBER HOSTETTER'S STOMACH BITTERS 1880'S ERA SHINY CLEAN L@@K

$29.00
End Date: Monday Dec-11-2017 15:14:00 PST
Buy It Now for only: $29.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

NICE GREEN COLORED LARGE CARLSBAD LIQUOR BOTTLE 1890'S ERA CLEAN L@@K

$28.00
End Date: Monday Dec-11-2017 15:14:00 PST
Buy It Now for only: $28.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

NICE GREEN FERRO CHINA BISLERI BITTERS BOTTLE MILANO ITALY 1890'S ERA CLEAN L@@K

$25.00
End Date: Monday Dec-11-2017 15:33:59 PST
Buy It Now for only: $25.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

NICE AQUA COLORED ATWOOD'S JAUNDICE BITTERS BOTTLE 1890'S ERA SHINY CLEAN L@@K

$19.00
End Date: Monday Dec-11-2017 15:33:58 PST
Buy It Now for only: $19.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

NICE AMBER COLORED OVAL SHAPED BITTERS BOTTLE QUART SIZE 1890'S ERA DUG L@@K

$28.00
End Date: Monday Dec-11-2017 15:33:59 PST
Buy It Now for only: $28.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

NICE LIGHT AMBER HOSTETTER'S STOMACH BITTERS MARKED 7 1870'S ERA DUG L@@K

$29.00
End Date: Monday Dec-11-2017 15:34:01 PST
Buy It Now for only: $29.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

NICE AQUA COLORED GOFF'S HERB BITTERS BOTTLE CAMDEN, NJ 1890'S ERA CLEAN L@@K

$23.00
End Date: Monday Dec-11-2017 15:43:12 PST
Buy It Now for only: $23.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Antique Bright Orange Amber Mishler's Herb Bitters Bottle

$75.00
End Date: Monday Dec-11-2017 12:08:19 PST
Buy It Now for only: $75.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Antique Bitter Bottles For Sale

ANTIQUE OLIVE GREEN WINE/BITTERS BOTTLE

$149.00
End Date: Tuesday Jan-9-2018 17:10:56 PST
Buy It Now for only: $149.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

National Bitters Figural Ear of Corn Glass Bottle - Patent 1867

$1,095.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Dec-15-2017 16:28:43 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

Antique W. McC & Co. F Embossed Base Dr. J. Hostetter's Stomach Bitters Bottle

$9.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Dec-17-2017 16:10:44 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

Herb Bitters Bottle

$15.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Dec-17-2017 16:01:17 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

DR J. HOSTETTER'S STOMACH BITTERS BOTTLE

$1.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Dec-17-2017 16:00:45 PST
Buy It Now for only: $5.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

Atwood's Jaundice Bitters Formerly Moses Atwood Georgetown Mass Blue Glass Bottl

$9.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Dec-17-2017 16:00:28 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

Atwood’s Jaundice Bitter’s

$6.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Dec-17-2017 15:50:44 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

DR.HARTER'S WILD CHERRY BITTERS ADVERTISING DOSE GLASS with PIC OF BOTTLE 1890s

$25.00
End Date: Tuesday Jan-9-2018 15:50:44 PST
Buy It Now for only: $25.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

HANSARD'S GENUINE HOP BITTERS - SWANSEA AND LLANELLY -STONEWARE BOTTLE

$20.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Sunday Dec-17-2017 15:46:55 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

C.M. Jackson Dr.Hooflands German Bitters

$22.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Dec-17-2017 15:46:33 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

Often a local person would act as a herb doctor or midwife and dispensed various bitters and tonics. These formulas were passed down for generations. Eventually many of these formulas were then made by local pharmacist and apothecaries, often under their own name, and dispensed to the general public. Most never achieved any measure of fame beyond the local area. However, some did making rich men of their proprietors especially during the temperance movement. The Pure Food and Drug Law of 1906, prosecution of manufacturers and the second act of 1926 brought the end of an era.

Bitters were promoted via medicine shows, advertising, wide distribution and in appealing containers. Aside from the sheer beauty of the old glass, one thing is certain, bitters bottles are a most interesting memento or collectible of days gone by. Bitter bottle production began with small bottles and later the size of the bottle increased as the proportions of alcohol increased. Bitter collectors look for certain things when collecting Bitter Bottles. The most popular bitter bottles are bottles with the word Bitters embossed on the bottle. Shapes and figural bottles that held bitters are in high demand. Shapes such as cabins, pigs, corn, barrels are popular along with the color. The most common bitter bottles were square in shape and amber in color.

Carmeliter Bitters Advertising

Carmeliter Bitters Advertising

Phoenix Bitters Bottle

Phoenix Bitters Bottle

Indian Queen bitters came in a bottle shaped like a human body, Plantation bitters in a glass log cabin, Dr. Fish's bitters in a bottle shaped like a fish, McKeever's Army bitters in a drum shaped bottle and Suffolk bitters in bottles resembling pigs. Halls bitters came in a barrel shaped bottleembossed with the words "Hall's Bitters". Search for Swedish bitters, Angostura bitters and bitters bottles.


Home | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Links

This site is © Copyright Farber and Associates, LLC 2005-2014, All Rights Reserved