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antique bottles THE MEDICINE CHEST --- BY DR. RICHARD CANNON
antique MEDICINES IN BLUE GLASS bottles
Blue glass has particular eye-appeal, and some specialize in collecting items in this color. Its made by adding cobalt or copper to the basic recipe of sand, soda, and lime. Therefore, colored glass was more expensive to produce, so it is found less commonly in medicine bottles than the natural aqua color. From the time that Bromo-Seltzer was patented in 1889, the company used the familiar cobalt blue bottles, apparently because it was thought that light had a deleterious effect on the contents. Perhaps this reasoning was shared by the other manufacturers, or that the blue color might help sell their product.
#19. Kickapoo Sage Hair Tonic.
I find 32 examples of cobalt blue and 7 examples of corn flower blue in my collection of glass medicine containers:
#26. Wynkoop's, #23. Solomon's and #24. Swift's
1. Civil War: U.S.A. / Hosp. Dept in circle, oval, 6 7/8 inches tall; 5 3/4 inches tall, 2
1/2 inches tall.
2. Cough Drops:
Lutteds / S.P. Cough / Drops, log cabin dish, 7 inches
probably an older reproduction.
3. Drug Store: Dickey / embossed mortar and pestle and within Pioneer /
1850 / then
below Chemist / S.F., rectangular, 5 3/4 inches tall.
4. ORourke & Hurley / Druggists & Pharmacists/507 Main Street / Little Falls, N.Y., oval, 4 1/8 inches tall.
5. R.A. Robinson & Co. // Druggists // Louisville, square, 7 1/4 inches tall.
6. Swanks Pharmacy / Carpenter & Greene Sts. / Germantown, oval, 5 1/4 inches tall.
7. Drug Supply: Budwells Emulsion of Cod Liver Oil No.2 / With
Guaiacal / And
Creosote Carbonate / Budwell Pharmacal Co., Lynchburg, Va., oval, 8 1/4 inches tall.
8. Chesbros Liquid / Corn Plaster/Chesbro Bros. / Williamtic, Ct., round, 2 inches tall.
9. Keasbey & Mattson Co. Ambler, Pa. around the shoulder, round, 5 7/8 inches tall.
10. Lactopeptine // The Best / Remedial Agent in All /
Digestive Disorders // The New York
/ Pharmacal Association, square, 7 3/4 inches tall.
11 Peptenzyme // // Reed & Carnrick / Jersey City / N.J., square, 8 5/8 inches tall;
12. Sharp & Dohme / Baltimore, rectangular, 3 7/8 inches tall;
13. Wm. R. Warner & Co. / Philadelphia, round, 5 7/8 inches tall;
14. Wm. R. Warner & Co./New York-St. Louis, ABM, round, 6 inches tall.
15. John Wyeth & Bro., square, 5 3/4 inches tall with Dose Cup embossed A Heaping Dessert Spoonful around This / Cup / Holds and the numbers 1-12 around the opposite rim.
16. Eye: Collyrium // Wyeth embossed on eye cup stopper or a round, ABM bottle, both 7 1/4 inches tall.
#1. 2. & 3. Bishop's.
17. Embossed Eye and Eyebrow, rectangular, 6 3/8 inches
18. Eye Cups, 2 1/2 and 2 5/8 inches tall.
19. Hair Tonic: Kickapoo / Sage / Hair Tonic, round, 4 1/2 inches tall.
Medicines: Bromo-Seltzer / Emerson / Drug
Co. / Baltimore, Md.
round, 4 1/4 inches tall.
21. W.H. Hooker & Co. / Sole Agents / North & South America // Ackers English Remedy // For The Throat & Lungs, rectangular, 3 5/8 inches tall.
22. Sanfords // // Radical Cure, rectangular, 7 3/4 inches tall.
23. Solomons / Strengthening & / Invigorating Bitters // // Savanna / Georgia, square, 9 5/8 inches tall.
24. Swifts / Syphilitic Specific, oval with strap
sides, 9 inches tall.
25. Wakelees / Camelline, rectangular, 5 inches tall.
26. Dr. Wynkoops / Katharismic Honduras /
Sarsaparilla //New-York, blow-pipe pontil, rectangular, 10 1/8
27. Oriental: Three Oriental Symbols, round, 3 5/8 inches tall.
28. Poisons: Melin & Badger / Apothecaries /Boston, Mass. // ribs each side, rectangular, beveled, 5 1/8 inches tall.
29. Not To Be Taken//ribs// // //ribs, six sided, 5 3/4 inches tall.
30. Poison and ribs on all sides, square, 2 3/4 inches tall.
#17. Embossed Eye.
1. Drug Supply: A over B in circle / Bishops, oval, 3 3/8 inches tall.
2. Bishops / Granular Citrate / Of Caffeine // Headaches Cured on bevel above and below, rectangular with beveling, 6 1/8 inches tall.
3. Same, 4 3/4 inches tall.
4. Phillips / Milk Of / Trade Mark and monogram in
circle/ Magnesia / Regd. In U.S. Patent Office / Aug. 21,
1906, oval with strap sides, 6 7/8 inches tall.
5. Proprietary Medicines: Bromo / Caffeine, round, 3 1/4 inches tall;
Clarkes // World
Famed / Blood Mixture // Lincoln.
#7. Budwell's Emulsion of Cod Liver Oil No. 2.
6. Veterinary: R.C.
Trigger / Veterinary Surgeon / Newcastle, rectangular, 6 1/8
Solomons, Swifts, U.S.A. Hosp., and Wynkoops
are very desirable bottles and have served as past Medicine Chest
subjects. So has the Lutteds. I like the Embossed Eye
bottle, and have not seen another example.
The Robinson is rare, and I purchased it from Gene Blasi of Louisville. In his book Louisvilles Early Medicine Bottles, 1992, he lists a square lip one plus R.A. Robinson & Co / Importers & Wholesale Druggists / Louisville, KY., square, 7 1/2 inches tall, and R.A. Robinson & Co./Importers & / Wholesale Druggists / Louisville, KY., rectangular, 6 inches tall, all cobalt and rare. Blasi gives an 1864 ad and an 1879 sales slip which indicates that R.A., Wm. A., and Worthington Robinson were officers of the company as well as Charles H. Pettet.
John Odell, Indian Bottles And Brands, 1977, had this to say about Kickapoo Sage Hair Tonic in 1992: Healy and Bigelow had sold their interests in the Kickapoo Company and their successors, who maintained the company name, were responsible for the introduction of this product. I know it was introduced quite late and have seen the labeled examples with the Food and Drug Act notice. The Kickapoo Sage Hair Tonic is very uncharacteristic of other Healy and Bigelow products.
#8. Chesbro's Liquid Corn Plaster.
Bishop products may have been of Australian origin with a branch in San Francisco, but Ive not been able to find out for sure. The Clarks appears to be English. It was advertised in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1980.
#1 (3) Different size U.S.A Hosp. Dep't.
I have no information on the Chesbro Brothers of Williamtic, Ct. This is not the same as Chesebrough of New York who put out Vaseline.
The other items are from fairly well known sources and are reviewed by Richard Fike in The Bottle Book, 1987.
I cannot leave this subject without again commenting on Dr. Sam Greers giant Wynkoops Sarsaparilla For The Blood. He even took it out of the case and let me hold it. It went for a cool $36,000 in the auction! When viewing anothers collection, one should always wait to let the owner decide whether a specimen is to be handled. Then if you break it, it was broken in a nice way.....
#5. R.A. Robinson & Co. Druggists, Louisville.
12. Cannon, R.: Civil War Medicine In Glass, Antique Bottle & Glass Collector, Jun, 1991.
2. Ibid.: Lutteds S.P. Cough Drops, AB & GC, Jan., 1997.
3. Ibid.: Fishy Medicine, AB & GC, March, 1989.
4. Ibid.: More Hall, Budwell, and Craighill, AB & GC, More Hall, Budwell, and Craighill, Jan., 1992.
5. Ibid.: The Invigorators, AB & GC, July 1990.
6. Ibid.: Swifts Syphilitic Specific And Billy Bowlegs, AB & GC, Oct., 1992.
7. Ibid.: Honduras Sarsaparilla, AB & GC.
8. Munsy, C.: Bromo-Seltzer, Bottles & Extras, Jun, 1992.
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