Can it possibly get more "historical" than that? I don't think so.
Pikes Peak flasks, Civil War flasks, Success to the Railroad, Tippecanoe Cabin, all of the pictorial flasks, whew!! They are beautiful, and historical! They are out of my league... and out of my limited realm of knowledge.. and for the most part out of my pocket book capacity.
We western digger/collectors just have bottles. Good old bottles! Crazy names, funny shapes, beautiful colors. I guess we have a few that have a historical theme... the beautiful Chalmer's Catawba Wine Bitters... Sutter' Mill, or the Old Pioneer Whiskey...the California Bear (can you hear the scoffs and hoots raining down from east of the Mississippi) ha, ha!
Ok, we have what we have... but we do have a name on a bottle that is tied to Mr. Jefferson. His name is tied to Lewis & Clark, tied to John C. Fremont, to Charles Darwin, tied to half the western U.S.
If you live in N. California, or N. Nevada how often do you say that name, as compared to John Adams, or maybe even T. Jefferson.
The map of Northern Nevada is covered with Humboldts name; the county, a town, a canyon, a mountain range, a huge national forest. Most of the California and Nevada naming was due to the little "Pathfinder". John C. Fremont. Fremont was an ardent Humboldt admirer, naming the river that marked the westward expansion and later the gold rush trail.
Fremont's diary- Nov. 8th, 1845. " Crane's Branch led into a larger stream that was one of the two forks forming a river to which I gave the name of Humboldt. I am given by Himself the honor of being the first to place his great name on the map of the continent. Both the river and mountain to which I gave his name are conspicuous; the river stretching across the Basin to the foot of the Sierra Nevada."
Wilson had one thing right about Alex von Humboldt; he "isolated the deadly native poison 'curare'." That he did, but it's kinda like condensing Abe Lincoln's accomplishments down to "being tall".
So, if your not buying the "Historical of the West" thing... don't confuse our bottle with the lame looking Eastern aqua bitters. Our ALEX VON HUMBOLDTS / STOMACH BITTERS was blown in San Francisco.
How about we go with the "Most Interesting Man in the World".
Charles Wilson Peale- Humboldt discussing the possibility of a National Museum. Another project that Jefferson wanted to see through.. it came together after his death with the endowment of half a million dollars from British scientist James Smithson in 1835. (Smithsonian)
Humboldt apparently spoke his own language. A mixture of several languages.
The most interesting man in the world...Dos Equis is about 200 years too late.
Humboldt .. a big hit with the ladies..
"I formerly admired Humboldt, now I revere him.... I shall never forget my whole course of life is due to having read and re-read as a youth Humboldt's Personal Narrative."
"Humboldt was one of those wonders of the world, like Aristotle, like Julius Ceasar... who appear from time to time as if to show us the possibilities of the human mind.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have had the extreme satisfaction of a visit of the great man of Science, Baron Alexander von Humboldt. His communications and treasures of information fill us with impatience and hope for our future. He is a true friend to America.
letter from - Thomas Jefferson
Stay thirsty my friends!