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Bitters bottle

Object Number: 
Overall: 10 1/4 x 3 x 3 in. ( 26 x 7.6 x 7.6 cm )
in relief: on obverse (roof): "S T/ DRAKE/ 1860/ PLANTATION/ X/ BITTERS" in relief: on reverse (roof): "PATENTED/ 1862"
Deep amber non-lead glass bitters bottle (log cabin type) blown in a three-part mold with deep down-tooled collar, three-tiered hipped roof with vertical ribbing and inscriptions "S T DRAKE 1860 PLANTATION X BITTERS" and "PATENTED 1862," square body with broad horizontal ribs, and base with diagonal seam and circular depression.
Gallery Label: 
In his researches into patented cabin bottle designs, Arthur G. Peterson found that the first such design was patented February 18, 1862, by P. H. Drake of Binghamton, New York (McKearin and Wilson, "American Bottles & Flasks and Their Ancestry," p. 302).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Clarence G. Michalis
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group