AFRICAN STOMACH BITTERS SPRUANCE, STANLEY & CO with tooled top. 1872-87 Ken Fee, much like other collectors, was obviously intrigued with accessible bitters made in the west. Not many bitters bottles qualify as much as the African Stomach Bitters. A mainstay of western collections, these often crude and colorful bottles are usually present in most beginning and advanced collections. We are lucky to be able to offer some in both parts of this auction. This example is a very crude tooled top varia
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HIERAPICRA BITTERS EXTRACT OF FIGS BOTANICAL SOCIETY CALIFORNIA with FIG on base. Applied top 1878-81. These are a scarce and often beautiful bottle in a nice deep western aqua color. These bitters began in the mining town of Angels Camp where they formed a society investigating the potential of figs as a medicinal remedy. Their efforts appeared to have been rewarded, as they eventually changed to bigger bottles after early success. This has some wear and a small scrape on the reverse panel wit
BGB Tooled top amber case bottle. Late 1880s It is thought the initials on this bottle stand for Blue Gum Bitters, made for Basil A. Hester of Stockton. This product was also sold in a paper label only, milk glass gin shaped bottled, one is pictured in the Wilson Bitters book page 67. Although we are not familiar, this product was made from the leaves of the blue gum tree, a tree indigenous to Australia. This product was believed to have been distributed throughout the world, with the bottles
J. WALKERS V.B. 1866-88 Applied mushroom style top. Heres a bitters that was made for quite some time. It is believed that Joseph Walker began in Stockton, California selling locally his California Vegetable Renovating Bitters. Soon Walker convinced a Sacramento wholesale drug store owner, R.H. McDonald, to bottle and distribute his Vinegar Bitters. He then moved to San Francisco and worked on other brands, where he became very successful. This light blue example is heavily whittled Click on L
DR. HENLEYS WILD GRAPE ROOT BITTERS Applied band 1868-93. This is another of the older variants in a bright yellow with a touch of green. Describing the color on this is pretty much impossible, we believe the pictures are right on the money. There is a bit of roughness on the back lip, most of these are icepick chips that were administered when the bottle was originally opened. Overall a beautiful example with no other imperfection. This would look great on anyones shelf. Grades a 9 without th
DR RENZS HERB BITTERS 1868-81. Applied tapered top with no ring. John Renz was a German native who moved to Sacramento from Pennsylvania in 1856. He became a dealer in paints, oils, and glass. A rumor has it that his father, who was a doctor, gave him the recipe for a bitters, which John began to sell in 1867. Originally, he sold the product in unembossed bottles but was able to convince Charles Langley of Sacramento, to take on the roll as the brands agent. Renz, meanwhile, sold his paint bus
Collage on paper, 1998, signed 'Kico' and dated lower right, titled lower center, inscribed 'three' lower left, inscribed 'para feicitas con mucho carino y muchas gracias por todo especially your friendship/Kico/9.16.99" on the back of the frame. 15 x 11 1/4 in. (sheet), 18 x 14 in. (frame). Note: This series of collages is made with found foils of burnt heroin. The medium lends a deeper meaning to the title.
DR. HENLEYS WILD GRAPE ROOT BITTERS No circle. 1868-93 Ken Fee was obviously smitten with the Henley IXL bottles, as we found 13 different variants. It almost seems like they were more available back then, even in oddball colors. Of course, he did spend over twenty years collecting so, apparently, these were a priority. This one is a medium bluish aqua. This one has some roughness on the lip, and we will be sure to photograph the tops on these if there is any problem at all. Otherwise a nice ea
Oil on board, 2007, signed 'Richard Estes', titled and dated lower right. 17 1/2 x 23 3/4 in., 21 1/4 x 27 1/2 in. (frame). Note: Estes traveled to Antarctica in 2007. His journey inspired a series of paintings that evoke the unsparing arctic environment, its frigid waters, bright light and cool isolation. In contrast with his cityscapes of compressed reflections, in this series Estes presents very accomplished landscape paintings that underscore the environmental issues plaguing Antarctica.
BOTANIC STOMACH BITTERS with same on reverse, 1885-89. Tooled top. Here is another bottle that comes in two different variants. Although it is thought this product was made for four years, it was apparently, not very successful, as examples are very hard to find. It is believed this variant always has the tooled top. Botanic, by the way, means the science of plants. A scarce bottle with extremely bold embossing on both sides, in a vibrant amber. Grades a 9.5