Braunschweiger & Bumsted
Provenance: Richard T. Siri Collection
Here is a Western square that is pretty rare and usually comes in amber. The rotating image from the Richard Siri collection is drop-dead gorgeous and in yellow coloration. Incredible bottle character too. The amber example is from the Meyer collection and is ex: Grapentine.
The brand was put out by Herman Braunschweiger who was born in Braunschweig, Germany in 1839 and Edward H. Bumsted. Braunschweig became a Naturalized Citizen of the United States in New Orleans, Louisiana on 25 May 1868. He then moved west to San Francisco and partnered with Amandus Fenkhausen where Fenkhausen & Co. was formed. They were importers and jobbers in wine and liquors located at the northwest corner of Front and Sacramento Street according to the City Directory for San Francisco, California in 1875-1876.
Fenkhausen & Braunschweiger is listed in 1880 and 1881 with Edward H. Bumsted noted as a traveling agent as importers of wines and liquors located at 414 Front Street in San Francisco.
In 1882, the partnership is called Braunschweiger & Bumsted, San Francisco. This is when they put out Hibernia Stomach Bitters, Golden Anchor, Golden Chief, Golden Rule, Golden Cupid, and Silver Wedding liquors.
The Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles is as follows:
H 113 HIBERNIA BITTERS / BRAUNSCHWEIGER & BUMSTEAD. / SAN FRANCISCO, CAL. // f // f // f //
10 x 2 3/4 (7 1/4) 3/8
Square, Amber, LTCR, Applied mouth, Very Rare
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