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Recently there was a Garnett's Compound Vegetable Bitters bottle up for auction in Ebay's pre 1900 bitters bottles. Unfortunately there was a hole near the base of the bottle. The bottle was amber and embossed Garnett's / Compound / Vegetable Bitters / Richmond, Virginia. This bottle is listed as extremely rare in the RingHam Bitters book.

Below are photos of this bottle.

garnett bitters.garnett bitters 2.Photos courtesy of ebay.

It appears that John R. Garnett was a doctor and a druggist. He is listed in the Richmond Directory from 1869 to 1878 as Dr. John R. Garnett. In 1869 to 1871 he was located at 615 E. Broad Street. Also in 1869 is a listing for a Garnett and Vaiden located at 711 E. Broad Street. From 1871 to 1878 the address was 629-633 E. Broad Street. In 1876 to 1883 Garnett and Winn is listed at 633 E. Broad Street.

The partnership that John Garnett had with Thomas S Winn ended in June 2 1883. Below is a ad that was placed in the Daily Dispatch Newspaper July 10 1883 by Thomas S. Winn. saying he is continuing the business.

garnett & win ad

Below is a photo of an amber 6 inch square druggist bottle embossed Garnett & Winn / Druggists / Richmond Va. The label read Garnett's / Compound / Vegetable / Bitters.

garnett druggistbottle. Photo courtesy of


Richmond City Directories 1869-1883. pre 1900 bitters.

The Daily Dispatch July 10 1883.

Bitters Bottle by Carlyn Ring & W. C. Ham.

garnett bitters a

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