St. Nicholas Stomach Bitters

Provenance: Ferdinand Meyer V Collection

This is a wonderful bitters bottle that came in two different sizes. Notice the shape with the tapered rectangular wedge form. Unique for a bitters bottle. The bottles have an applied mouth, rough pontil mark, and metallic pontil mark and are extremely rare. The bottle is also embossed “Imported by Gentry & Otis, N Y.” Imported from where? This is an American brand. In period newspaper advertising, Gentry & Otis are noted as Sole Proprietors.

An example was found in an estate in Texas and examples or pieces have been dug in New Orleans, San Jose, and Lake Tahoe. We certainly can understand the Texas example because of an advertisement found in the Southern Democrat. (Waco, Texas) on Thursday, November 18, 1858: “…200 cases of ST. NICHOLAS STOMACH BITTERS and 50 cases of HOSTETTER’S STOMACH BITTERS” at A.M. Gentry & Co., Wholesale Grocers, Congress Street, Houston, Texas. A.M Gentry was the Texas representative for the bottle. Most likely a brother.

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

S 16 f // ST ( sd ) / NICHOLAS ( sd ) / STOMACH ( sd ) / BITTERS ( sd ) // f // IMPORTED ( sd ) BY ( sd ) / GENTRY ( sd ) & OTIS. ( sd ) / NY ( sd ) //
9 3/8 x 3 3/8 x 3 (7 3/8) 5/16
Tapered Rectangular, Amber, LTC, Applied mouth, Rough pontil mark, and Metallic pontil mark, Extremely rare

Note: S 16 is larger and much rarer than the smaller S 17 bottle. Most S 16 examples are heavily etched and damaged. An example was found in an estate in Texas, examples were dug in New Orleans.

S 17 f // ST ( sd ) / NICHOLAS ( sd ) / STOMACH ( sd ) / BITTERS ( sd ) // f // IMPORTED ( sd ) BY ( sd ) / GENTRY ( sd ) & OTIS. ( sd ) / N.Y. ( sd ) //
7 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 2 1/2 (5 3/4) 3/8
Tapered Rectangular, Amber, LTC, Rough pontil mark and
Metallic pontil mark, Very rare
Note: A number of examples were dug in San Jose, California. Example found in Lake Tahoe.

Read More: St. Nicholas Stomach Bitters – Gentry & Otis – New, York

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