Lacour’s Sarsapariphere Bitters

Provenance: Ferdinand Meyer V Collection (ex: Robert Frank)

After recovering from business insolvency in 1866, Louis Lacour filed to claim the name “Sarsapariphere Bitters” for a new product he began advertising in May 1867. The bottle design received a patent in February 1868 along with a trademark for his product resembling a lighthouse. Three different molds were made and used for the bottles with subtle differences in each. The bottle depicted within is the earliest variant having the closest details to the original bottle design patent drawing and comes in many different colors.

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

L 3 LACOUR’S BITTERS // c // SARSAPARIPHERE // c //
9 x 3 1/2 (6 1/2)
Round, Lettering in sunken side panels, NSC, Applied mouth,
Amber and Greens – Rare; Aqua – Extremely rare,
3 ring pedestal.
There are three distinct mold variants.
The design was based on a lighthouse.

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