Simon’s Centennial Bitters

Provenance: Ferdinand Meyer V Collection

Here is a must for any bottle collection as it represents the founding father of our country, George Washington. You can find this figural bottle in various shades of amber and aqua. Our museum example exemplifies this as it changes color from a red amber in the torso to a yellowish-amber color in the arms and head. The bottle was patented on December 14, 1875, by Bernard Simon of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

It is interesting that you can find this bottle painted as you can see in one of the carousel pictures above. This would have been more of a craft exercise done in later years.

According to Ring & Ham in Bitters Bottles, “There are many reproductions of this bottle. Some are faintly lettered, some have no lettering. Some bottles have pontils and some do not. Many have an unusual color. Most have different dimensions. Many were made as real reproductions. Others are ornamental bottles with no intent for exact reproduction. Still, others were used as whiskey bottles. They were made at Clevenger.”

The Carlyn Ring and Bill Ham listings in Bitters Bottles is as follows:

Bernard Simon, Scranton, Pennsylvania
9 ¾ x 4 ¼
Bust of George Washington on a pedestal, Aqua and Amber, DC, Applied mouth, Scarce
Patented December 14, 1875 by Bernard Simon, Scranton, Pennsylvania

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