Dr. Boerhaave’s Stomach Bitters

Provenance: Richard T. Siri Collection

The firm of Siegfried Wertheimber and Louis Waterman were the manufacturers and proprietors of Dr. Boerhaave’s Stomach Bitters. It was first advertised on March 7th, 1868 with the principle depot being at 311 Commercial St, San Francisco. By June of 1868, the firm was advertising this product from its 219 Commercial St, San Francisco address. Dr. Boerhaave’s Bitters was also being advertised thru the Portland Morning Oregonian newspaper from May 15th, 1868 thru January 28th, 1869, Millard and Van Schuyver were the agents for Oregon. The Los Angeles Star newspaper ran an advertisement for the Boerhaave’s Bitters placed by a local druggist for several months in 1868 as well.

At one time there were eleven examples in western collections, four are a dark green coloration, five are various shades of amber, one is a light green color and one is a yellow-olive coloration.

Wertheimber & Waterman also marketed a cordial called The Splendid and another bitters called Boonekamp and Maag-Bitters. These two products continued to be advertised without the Boerhaave’s Bitters throughout 1869 in a Sacramento newspaper. At the 1868 San Francisco Mechanics Institute Fair, Wertheimber & Waterman displayed two kegs of their Boonekamp and Maag-Bitters along with a case of their Dr. Boerhaave’s Stomach Bitters.

In a notice placed in the San Francisco Daily Examiner newspaper, the firm of Wertheimber & Waterman dissolved their partnership on September 25th, 1869. Siegfried Wertheimber having sold his entire interest in the business to Phillip Wertheimber and the firm continued as before under the name of Wertheimber & Waterman.

The Carlyn Ring and Bill Ham listings in Bitters Bottles is as follows:

B 133 DR. BOERHAAVE’S / STOMACH BITTERS. // f // f // f
Siegfried & Phillip Wertheimber & Louis Waterman, San Francisco, California
8 7/8 x 2 1/8 (6 3/4) 1/4
Square, Amber, Yellow-olive, and Green, LTC, Applied mouth, Extremely rare
Most specimens found in Nevada mining towns.
San Francisco Business Directory 1870
Drug Catalogs: 1871 Schieffelin, 1872 F&F, Melliers

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