Although 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.
Hostetter’s 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.
The Dr. J. Hostetter’s Stomach Bitters are found in all the gold rush camps, settlements and towns of Sierra County.Two 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.