Old Homestead Bitters – Blue
Old Homestead Wild Cherry Bitters
T. B. Slingerland & Co.
Provenance: Sandor P. Fuss Collection
The top two figural bitters cabins are represented in the museum. This cobalt blue Old Homestead Wild Cherry Bitters example is unique in its coloration. Some consider it the most desirable bitters bottle.
Old Homestead Wild Cherry Bitters was trademarked in June 1863 by George Scott from Rome, New York. His design was patented in 1864 and was marketed by Thomas B. Slingerland & Company. They were partners.
George Scott was born in England in 1827 and was one of Rome, New York’s oldest and best-known residents. He came to the United States as a young child with his family located in Troy. As a teen, young George learned the printing trade from Horace N. Bill, who at that time published the Old Roman Citizen. After completing his apprenticeship, he and Alfred Sandford purchased the paper, their firm being called Sandford & Scott.
He later disposed of his interest in the paper and entered the drug business and located on Dominick Street in Troy eventually becoming the sole owner of a drug store. After a few years, he disposed of this business and moved to New York City and opened up a drug store on Beekman Street. While in New York, he perfected the formula for Old Homestead Wild Cherry Bitters, and returning to Rome, began its manufacture and sale on an extensive scale, partnering with Thomas Butler Slingerland. Their headquarters in Troy was on South James Street opposite Stanwix Hall. Slingerland was primarily a tobacco and cigar dealer. With the death of his partner in the mid-1880s, Scott left the drug store concern and entered the real estate business. Later he would file a lawsuit against the Slingerland estate.
The Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2 is as follows:
O 37 // s // OLD / HOMESTEAD / WILD CHERRY / BITTERS. // motif of shingles // PATENT // sp // motif shingles //
L … Old Homestead Wild Cherry Bitters, Sold by T. B. Slingerland & Co., No. 69 Beekman St., N. Y.
9 7/8 x 2 7/8 x (5 7/8) 3/16
Square cabin, LTC, Applied mouth;
Amber, Common; Yellow, Lime, Puce and Olive yellow, Rare; Cobalt blue, Extremely rare; Green and Amber with inside screw and glass stopper – Extremely rare
There are a number of variants of this 12-pane window bottle when looking at roof shingles and with the door ending above the base and the door going to the bottom of the bottle. These second door examples seem to be taller bottles.
The cobalt blue example and the emerald green with screw top example are considered among the top bitters bottles. They are unique.