Bryant’s Stomach Bitters

Provenance: Ferdinand Meyer V Collection

Dr. George N. W. Bryant started an apothecary in New York City in 1845 and by the 1850s, had created what has become two of the most sought after bitters containers in the bottle collecting community. 

The initial bottle was a tall cone form that must have been hard to ship and display. Bryant followed that with a lady’s leg form. The bottles were manufactured in the east from about 1857 to 1865 and were distributed out west during the years 1857-1859. The firm of William Newell & Co, an early San Francisco wholesale liquor house, were the agents for Bryant’s Stomach Bitters on the Pacific Coast.

In his advertisements, Bryant claimed his bitters were an unrivaled stomach corrector and had no equal at restoring the vital energy of the entire system. He recommended a half a glass of his wine bitters before meals to impart a keen relish for food. Bryant next moved into the flavoring extracts business.

The Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles is as follows:

B 243 BRYANT’S // STOMACH // BITTERS // f // f // f // f // f //
12 5/8 x 3 1/2 (5 1/2)
Eight-sided lady’s leg, Olive green, LTCR, Applied mouth, Without Rough pontil mark, Very rare; With pontil, Very scarce
Pontiled examples in perfect or near-perfect condition are Extremely rare.
New York Daily Times, March 26, 1860:
Bryant’s Unrivaled Stomach Bitters as a mild & gentle tonic is unequaled.
There is speculation that the smooth base examples were distributed mainly in the East, and the pontiled examples were distributed mainly in the West.

In 1999, several cases of the pontiled Bryant’s Stomach Bitters were raised from a sunken ship off the coast of Brazil. The bottles were full and heavily scaled. These examples show the effects of heavy etching and cleaning.

Read More: Bryant’s Stomach Bitters aka The Cone

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