Scenes and Buildings - Carl Worner

Full Pictures and Close-ups: Nicholas Bembnista Saloon

photo in a bottle
Height Bottle Markings
10 1/2" square bottle with decorative fluting on shoulder, embossed "Dr. C. Bouvier's Buchu Gin" on the back
Description, including signature and date

This saloon bottle was made for Nicholas I. Bembnista of Detroit, MI. He did not run a saloon in either the 1900 or 1910 census but worked in a chain factory. The bottle is early: Bouvier's Buchu Gin was a bitters-based tonic or cure-all, and the company went out of business in 1908 or 1909. The bottles embossed with "Dr. C. Bouvier" were not made after 1903. The sign for "Find the Missing Man" is painted right on the floor (see below). The saloon has two American flags (not crossed in the middle like they usually are), and the name "N. I. Bembnista" cut from a printed card and glued above the "SALOON" sign.

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