National Bitters (Coffin)

Provenance: Sandor P. Fuss Collection

This museum example of the coffin-shaped National Bitters bottle is unique and without a doubt, one of the most desirable bitters bottles due to its form, rarity, and history. The dark amethyst color certainly adds to the allure.

Charles C. Jerome was best known in railway circles as the inventor of Jerome Metallic Packing. Jerome was born in 1833 in Canada, and in his early days, studied medicine in Toronto. He practiced medicine for a time at Port Huron, Michigan and entered the Civil War as a surgeon in a Michigan regiment. It was during this period that he had his bottle made as 1865 is embossed on the bottle.

After the close of the war, Jerome remained at Port Huron until 1869 when he came to Chicago, where he accumulated a considerable fortune. In 1880 he became interested in the business by which he is best known and conducted the business in a way that yielded large returns and made Jerome Metallic Packing widely known.

Advertisement: These Bitters are prepared under our own supervision and are made after a formula of one of the oldest and most eminent physicians in the United States. Prepared by C. C. Jerome & Co., Detroit, Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan) March 11, 1866

Jerome died in Nauheim, Germany in 1901, where he had gone with his wife. The illness which resulted in Jerome’s death is said to be brought on by exposure during the trip across the Atlantic. He left a wife and three children, among them George C. Jerome, who later ran the Metallic business.

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

N 10 sp // NATIONAL BITTERS// sp // C. C. JEROME & CO. / DETROIT // // s // sp // A.C. // 1865 // S.W. //
10 3/4 x 3 x 1 5/8 (6 1/4) 3/8
Rectangular coffin, Amethyst, ARM, Applied mouth, 4 sp, Extremely rare

See N 9 for black amethyst, triangular National Bitters bottle also put out by C. C. Jerome. Also extremely rare.

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