Mohica Bitters

Provenance: Richard T. Siri Collection

Little is known about the extremely rare Mohica Bitters. Apparently, it was made for one year and sold from Joseph Roth’s wholesale wines and liquor establishment at 805 Montgomery Street in San Francisco, California.

In 1859, Joseph Roth started his wholesale liquor business. He had several partners over the years, and in 1878, the name of the business changed to Roth & Co (Joseph Roth, Simon Scheeline, and Adolph Roos), wholesale liquors. 214 Pine in San Francisco, California. The brands sold included Capitol Whiskey and Blue Ribbon Whiskey.

Ironically, this was the first bottle with the name Roth & Co. on it. Up until then, Joseph Roth excluded the use of his now well-known name. Even more ironic is that it was a bitters as Roth was primarily known for his numerous brands of whiskey.

To our knowledge, there are only a few of these Mohica Bitters bottles out there. The red amber example with Richard Siri and the plain amber example sold by Jeff Wichmann at American Bottle Auctions are both represented in the museum. It all makes for an interesting western bitters with an American Indian name.

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

M 118 MOHICA BITTERS // sp // ROTH & CO / SAN FRANCISCO // f //
9 x 2 ¾ x 1 ½ (7 ¼) ¼
Square, Amber, NSC, Applied mouth, Extremely rare

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