McKeever’s Army Bitters

Provenance: Ferdinand Meyer V Collection

The McKeever’s Army Bitters is somewhat of a mystery as we do not know who put out the bitters or where it was made. No secondary embossing, no advertising, no trade cards, no label or any of the other clues or ephemera that usually helps tell the story of a bottle. What is this bottle’s secret? Only time will tell.

We do know, is that this bottle is an absolute favorite with collectors with its great eye appeal shelf presence. The proprietor and bottle maker would have been making reference to the Civil War which should have dominated all thought of the day. The bottle form is a round drum with stacked cannonballs on top. The product name is embossed horizontally on the top band of the drum. The neck and mouth are centered reminding you of a cannon. The bottle always comes in shades of amber, some cruder than others and some have variations in amber coloration that is pleasing to the eye.

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

M 58 // u // MCKEEVER’S ARMY BITTERS //
10 1/2 x 3 3/8 x (4)
Round drum, LTC, Amber, Amber, LTC, Applied mouth, Scarce

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