Saturday, March 26, 2016

Dr.. Henley's Wild Grape Root IXL Bitters

Here is a reasonably decent example which I was able to afford due to the old-time "epoxy" lip chip repair. I'm going to soak the "repair" out with acetone. This is the Henley's mold with 2 dots under the R in "Dr" and it has the distinct font along with the "log/wood texture" in the IXL letters. For the sake of the newer collectors who peruse this blog, I thought those with more Western Bottle knowledge than me would be willing to weigh in with their information on this particular Henley's: age, mold, attributes, et cetera. I notice the Dr.. Henry's Sarsaparilla has 2 dots under the R in "Dr" as well. Same mold maker?


  1. I have found a few of this variant in late 70s to early 80s context. This one also comes in some wild yellow's and green's too. It would seem to date to the same time period of the Henry's Sarsaparilla and Botanic Preparations meds. Not sure if the same mold maker has that "look" of the Mid-Western California IXL, but I believe it is western blown. Perhaps Eric or Warren could provide more info.

  2. I don't believe I can add much information for this particular mold variant. My research on the Henley's bitters was pretty much confined to the original bottle's design and the second mold variant to appear. This mold variant is later and from its appearance it is difficult to ascertain where it was made. Steve Hubbel and Eric McGuire wrote an extensive 4 part series article in the FOHBC Bottles & Extras magazines on the history of Dr. Henley's products.Vol 25 No 2,3,4,5