Dr. Henley’s Wild Grape Root IXL Bitters – Cylinder
Dr. Henley’s Wild Grape Root IXL Bitters
L. Gross & Company
San Francisco, California
Provenance: Richard T. Siri Collection
Dr. Henley’s Wild Grape Root IXL Bitters was invented in Oregon by Dr. William Henley who was associated with Louis Gross in his business. It was first introduced to the public in 1868. The bottles were square and are easily identified by the embossed trade mark ‘IXL’ in a horizontal circle on the face of the bottle. See our museum example.
They were followed by tall, round Dr. Henley’s Wild Grape Root IXL Bitters in a cylindrical form bottle. The IXL was typically embossed within a horizontal oval just like the square bottle. Note that our example does not have the embossed oval which makes it extremely rare.
L. Gross & Co. was located in San Francisco and was the manufacturer and proprietor of Dr. Henley’s IXL Bitters. The first and oldest embossed cylindrical bottles do not have a circle embossed around the IXL. These early examples come in various colors with amber and olive being the rarest and they are one of the most sought after, although any colored Henley’s is extremely desirable and collectible. The bottles were a product of the Pacific Glass Works.
The Carlyn Ring and Bill Ham listings in Bitters Bottles is as follows:
H 84 DR. HENLEY’S / WILD GRAPE ROOT ( au ) / IXL / BITTERS // c //
L. Gross & Company, manufacturer and prop. San Francisco, California
12 x 3 3/8 (6 ½)
Round, ARM, Applied mouth. Aqua – Scarce; Green – Rare; Olive and Amber – Extremely rare
Image: Grouping of five colored Dr. Henley’s Wild Grape Root IXL Bitters – Dale Mlasko collection.
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