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antiquebottles THEMEDICINE CHEST --- BY DR. RICHARD CANNON
Wakefield's /Black Berry / Balsam, 5 inches tall and Wakefield's / Fever /Specific, 6 1/4 inches tall are bimal, aqua, rectangular bottles.Cyrenius Wakefield, 1815 to 1885, settled on a farm nearBloomington, Ill. in 1837. His brother, Dr. Zera Wakefield, asuccessful physician, moved to Bloomington in the 1840s, and theywent into the drug manufacturing business in in 1847, beginningwith Zera's own black berry formula. Zera died suddenly in 1848,and Cyrenius continued the business with a Mr. Thompson. In 1851,they constructed a three story building at 80 E. Washington. Thefollowing were added: a fever specific, cough syrup, liver pills,wine bitters, golden ointment, Egyptian salve and liniment, wormdestroyer, magic pain cure, eye salve, and nerve and boneliniment. I know of pontiled variants for Wakefield's FeverSpecific, 51/2 inches tall, and Wakefield's CoughSyrup, 45/8 inches tall, both aqua and rectangular,but not for the Black Berry Balsam. Perhaps it was bottled onlywith a label.
|Wakefield's Black Berry Balsam and |
Wakefield's Fever Specific.
|The Specific A No. 1 A Self Cure and |
That Wonrous Liniment.
After Cyrenius'death, two sons, Oscar and Homer, and a grandson, Louis Eddy,kept the business going until 1969. Black Berry Balsam, theirbest seller, was produced all 122 years. It was for summercomplaints and contained roots of black berry, rhubarb, andculvers, prickly ash bark, catechu gum, potassium carbonate,ginger, cranesbill, erigeron, sodium benzyl succinate, camphor,and alcohol, 12%.
Spark's / Kidney& Liver / Cure / Trade Mark / bust of whiskered man / PerfectHealth / Camden, N.J., 91/2 inches tall, amber, oval,a Warner's type bottle is scarce and choice; a great cure BillAgee has said. I'm also including Bill's Spark's Perfect Health /For / Kidney / And Liver / Diseases // -Table / -Dessert / -Tea,2 inches tall, amber shot glass. The Sparks Medicine Company ofCamden, N.j., was first listed in the city directory in 1886.William H. Sparks was president, and James F. Davis wassecretary-treasurer. The location was 212 Federal St. The companymoved to 120-124 Cooper St. in 1888, and Charles Coulter was thensecretary-treasurer. In 1890, the address had become 105 MarketSt., and this was the last listing for the Sparks Medicine Co. AWilliam Sparks was given in the next 5 directories as employed atthe Collings Carriage Company, but I'm not sure this is the sameWm. Sparks. At any rate, the company probably did not exist forvery long. The patent for Perfect Health was registered inJanuary 31, 1888. This product also was put out in a 91/2inch tall amber bottle with beveled sides which pictured a manand Spark's Perfect Health For Kidney & Liver Diseases,Camden, N.J. embossed. There are also 41/8 inchestall, oval amber and aqua bottles embossed Spark's / Kidney &Liver Cure / Camden, N.J.
|Spark's kidney & Liver Cure.||Dr. Kurnitzki's Aromatic Wire |
Grass Tonic and Kurnitzki's Wire
Grass Liver & Kidney Medicine.
That Wondrous /Liniment / San Jose, Cal. // A. Schoenheit // State PioneerDispensary, and The / Specific / A No. 1 / A Self Cure / TradeMark, both 51/4 inches tall, bimal aqua, rectangularare a nice pair. Augustus G. Schoenheit, 1827 to 1906, journeyedto California from Germany in 1853, sailing from New York andcrossing the Isthmus of Panama on foot. After arriving in SanFrancisco, he mined for gold in Coloma, Sonora, and Big Oak Flat.After 1854, he moved to San Jose and became a clerk in a drugstore. Eighteen months later, he bought the store and called itCity Drug Store. Later, the name became State Pioneer Pharmacy.There was an earthquake in 1868 and several moves. The addresswas 72 S. First St. in 1898. Son Augustus A. Schoenheit assumedmanagement in 1893, and sold the store to a Mr. Webb in 1907.
Spark'sPerfect Health For Kidney and Liver Disease.
That WondrousLiniment was Schoenheit's best seller and was "the result ofthree years' experimenting in this country and in Europe".It was "just the ticket" for backaches, headaches,rheumatism, sprains, sore throat, colds, cramps, cholera-morbus,and convulsions. The Specific A No. 1, A Self Cure, was patentedon Jan. 28, 1890. Mr. Schoenheit also had a "Non-poisonousCorn Cure", sarsaparilla, cough cure, and medical lozenge"Help".
Dr. Kurnitzki's /Aromatic / Wire Grass Tonic, 91/2 inches tall, amber,square, and Kurntizki's Wire Grass / Liver & Kidney Medicine/ Charleston, S.C., 61/2 inches tall, aqua, oval, bothbimal, are a very interesting pair. Repeated attempts to gaininformation from the local public library and historical societyhave been used for their healing properties (dog, cough, bear,knot, grip, pepper, scurvy, star, and witch), but I find nothingabout wire grass. Maybe Dr. Kurnitzki learned how to tenderizeit. Anyone know about these old medicines?
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