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Friday, September 21, 2012
DR J.HOSTETTER’S STOMACH BITTERS
Dr. J. Hostetter’s Stomach Bitters was first marketed in an embossed
bottle on the Pacific Coast as early as 1858 by the firm of Park & White of
San Francisco. David Hostetter, with his father’s recipe for bitters, and
George Smith with the capital to produce and market the product, in 1853,
formed the firm of Hostetter & Smith. The first containers produced for the
western market were the large 31 ounce size “black glass” bottles that were
manufactured and shipped to the Pacific Coast. A 27 ounce bottle was also
produced for the western market. These large blacks are rarely unearthed east
of the Rocky Mountains and almost all examples have been discovered on the west
coast.The large size Hostetter’s were
distributed until sometime around February 1865 when in an advertisement run by
Hostetter, Smith & Dean they claim to be discontinuining “the old size
large bottle used exclusively in the west” and replacing it with the small size
20 ounce bottle. This information leads me to believe that if you are digging
the large size Hostetter’s here in the west you are digging a bottle made
before 1865 and possibly as early as 1858.
several western collectors believe some variants of the Hostetter’s were blown
out west I cannot find any evidence that Hostetter had any of his bitters
bottles manufactured on the west coast.
Bitters was one of the best selling bottled products of the 19th
century and the amount of these bottles available to collectors is staggering.
It is believed that after 1865 Hostetter was selling over six thousand bottles
of bitters a day, an unbelievable amount of bottled goods for that time period.
The Hostetter’s come in dozens of variants and a myriad of colors ranging from
the lightest of yellows to a dark black-amber. Although the majority of the
Hostetter’s are considered common unusual colors and different mold variants
are highly desirable and sought after by collectors.
to Sierra County
Dr. J. Hostetter’s Stomach Bitters are found in all the gold rush camps,
settlements and towns of Sierra County.
of the large size blacks were recovered from the settlement of City of Six. One
whole black example was discovered at Excelsior along with at least a half a
dozen broken examples. I can account for over a dozen of the large size bottles
that have been excavated from the ghost town of Monte Cristo. This bottle was
as common to the gold rush country of California as the Udolpho Wolfe’s
Schnapps. Any gold rush collection worth its salt has a large size 31 oz.
Hostetter’s in it.
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