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antiquebottles THEMEDICINE CHEST --- BY DR. RICHARD CANNON
It seems that Ive heard the word Lohengrin before. My wifequickly said thats in the name of the Bridal Chorus,Here comes the bride, from Lohengrin by RichardWagner, the German composer. Sure enough, there is a romanticgrand opera, one of the finest many say, by Wagner, composedbetween 1846 and 1848, named Lohengrin. The time was in the900s during the reign of Henry the Fowler, King of Germany.It is a love story of Elsa, Duchess of Brabant and the mysteriousknight Lohengrin. The knight Telramund had falsely accused Elsaof murdering her brother Gottfried. Lohengrin comes tokings court clad in shining armor and borne on the river ina skiff drawn by a white swan. Lohengrin defeats Telramund andmarries Elsa. In the meantime she has promised never to askLohengrins name and origin. But Telramund and his sorceresswife Ortrude persuade Elsa to break her vow. Before the courtLohengrin reveals that he is the son of King Parzival inMountsalvat and has helped guard the Holy Grail [cup from whichJesus drank at the last supper]. By the law of his order, he mustsay farewell forever, but before he departs, the swan istransformed into the youth Gottfried. Ortruds wicked spellhad changed the boy into a bird. As Lohengrins skiffdisappears down the river, Elsa falls lifeless.
|Hartwig Kantorowicz (reverse Z)||Litthauer Stomach Bitters||Lohengrin Bitters|
Lohengrin Bitters probably came on theGerman market about the same time as the more common LitthauerStomach Bitters / Invented 1864 By / Josef Loewenthal, Berlinembossed vertically on a milk glass case gin bottle, 91/2inches tall. An industrial revolution began in Germany in themid-1800s which promoted the interests of a growing classof business men, and by the late 1800s, Germany had becomea great industrial nation, importing goods to other nations. TheTucker Hardy Co. of Chicago became the sole distributor ofLohengrin Bitters in this country, and S. Loewenthal Co.,Josefs son, of Cleveland, Ohio, became sole Americanmanufacturer of Litthauer Stomach Bitters. The latter had alsobeen manufactured by Hartwig, Kantorowicz of Berlin, Hamburg,Posen [Poland], Paris and New York. For some reason, LitthauerBitters seemed to do much better than Lohengrin Bitters.
Theres another milk glass case gin bottle 10 inches tall,embossed vertically Fritz Reuter Bitters which is very rare.Its probably from Germany also.
About thirty years ago, I was told by an antique dealer in Edna,Texas, about a farmers wife near there who had lined herflower beds with milk glass bitters bottles. However, there werenone for sale in her shop, and I was given no additionalinformation. Most likely they were labeled Litthauer Bittersembossed Hartwig Kantorowicz / Posen / Ham- / Burg / Ger- / Many.Mine has a backward Z.....
1. Biancolli, L.: The Opera
2. Ring, C. and Ham, W.C.:
Bitters Bottles 1998.
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