For quite a while now a few Western collectors have been searching for any kind of documentation that would settle the question of the origin of the Dr. Harvey's Blood Bitters.
During a discussion at the Canyonville Bottle Show a prominent Washington State collector mentioned he had found an advertisement for the Dr. Harvey's Blood Bitters in, of all things, the 1889 Langley San Francisco City Directory. 1889? Wichmann in his book Antique Western Bitters Bottles has the Harvey's as circa 1872 and believed to be distributed by the Cassin brothers and "most likely made at the San Francisco Glass Works"
In the above advertisement Dr. Harvey's Blood Bitters is called "The Great English Remedy for Diseases of the Blood, Stomach, Liver and Kidneys" and is prepared by the Harvey Medicine Co. in London England. The A.A. Dudley & Co. are the General Agents for the Pacific Coast States and Territories.
Not all of the glass factories in England, during the 19th century, were as advanced as most collectors seem to believe and the Dr. Harvey's could quite possibly have been blown in London and shipped to the west coast for distribution. Heck, the Dr. Harvey's could have even been on one of the ships that hauled all those German red whittled whiskies and beers here to the west coast.
Although this is probably not a very popular idea for those collectors that consider the bottle western until some other documentation surfaces I am leaning towards the advertisement as genuine and the bottle English in nature.
If anyone has documentation to the contrary I sure would like to view it.