Chickahominy Bitters

Provenance: Sandor P. Fuss Collection

We have scant information on the Chickahominy Bitters but do know by looking at advertising in 1866, that it is a Richmond, Virginia bitters manufactured by A. H. Newton. He is also listed in an 1866 City of Richmond Virginia Directory with Bitters next to his name. His address is 120 Broad Street, both for business and residence. He called it “The Great American Remedy.”

Only one example of the Chickahominy Bitters is known to collectors.

The Chickahominy is a Federally recognized tribe of Virginian Indians who primarily live in Charles City County, located along the James River midway between Richmond and Williamsburg in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This area of the Tidewater is not far from where they lived in 1600, prior to English colonization. They were officially recognized by the state in 1983 and the federal government in January 2018.

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

C 55 CHICKAHOMINY // BITTERS.// sp // FOR CHILLS & FEVER // PATENTED // sp //
9 1/4 x 2 7/8 (6 1/4)
6-sided, Amber, 3 rings at shoulder, Extremely rare
Possibly related to Chickahominy River between Richmond and Williamsburg, Virginia

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