Cannon’s Dyspeptic Bitters

Provenance: Ferdinand Meyer V Collection

The Cannon’s Dyspeptic Bitters bottle is something to behold. With embossed cannons, cannon balls, fortress and crossed swords, it makes its way to the top of any list of just plain great bitters bottles. The bottle is not embossed with the word ‘Bitters’ though the label reads, Cannon’s Non-Alcoholic Bitters, The Great Dyspepsia Remedy, W. M. Cannon & Co., 925 La. Ave. N.W. Washington D.C.
Prepared only by the W. M. Cannon, Proprietary Medicine Company, No. 925 Louisiana Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C.

The latest thinking is that we are speaking about William Morrow Cannon.

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

C 33 L … Cannon’s Non-Alcoholic Bitters, The Great Dyspepsia Remedy, W. M. Cannon & Co., 925 LA. Ave. N.W. Washington D.C.
Prepared only by the W. M. Cannon, Proprietary Medicine Company, No. 925 Louisiana Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C.,
10 x 2 7/8 (6 1/4) 1/2,
Square with embossed cannons, Amber, LTC, Applied mouth, Extremely rare,

The Charleston Mercury: The best bitters for Southern climates. The ad mentions Cannon’s Compound Vegetable or Blood Purifying Bitters. Newspaper advertisement 1853: Purifies the blood and nearly resembles saliva in decomposing food. Identity is questionable. It may well be the cannon bottle, label example of which remains undiscovered.

Read More: Cannon’s Bitters Study & Timeline – Washington, D.C.

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