Monday, May 28, 2012

Let The Flood Gates Open, contd.

I have had several local bottles whose proprietors slapped their labels over Hostetter's Bitters embossed bottles. Nothing rare or exciting there. This stained up label for S.B.C Wild Cherry Tonic, a Star bitters Co product is just such an example of this common occurrence. The bottles content leaked prior to my finding it, hence the staining. It remains either half full or half empty, depending on you perspective. The oldest I have owned was as mid-1870s Hostetter's with a Dr. Mott's Wild Cherry Tonic, Powers and Henderson, Sacramento, Cal label over the embossing. The Schnerr Wild Cherry Tonic bottle has also passed through my collection, but not that example. Value? Maybe $100-125, but most certainly NOT $2K+.

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