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Pick Your Poison One of the most beautiful glass collectibles today is poison bottles. Most antique or vintage poson bottles collected date from the s to the s. Many people during those days were illiterate, so accidental poisonings were a fact of life. A New York Times article dated May 11,reported a superintendent of a Missouri hospital ordered sleigh bells chained to the necks of bottles containing poisons after an attendant gave carbolic acid to a patient by mistake.

The patient died, and the attendant was indicted. Using sleigh bells, though attention getting, was not the answer for a growing chemical Datinh in the late s. England was experiencing an economic boom from the Industrial Revolution. Local chemists and druggists found they could produce cleaning compounds, insect killers, vermin poison, etc. Glass bottles, too, were inexpensive and perfect for transporting their contents to market, so the poison trade really began to take off. And so did the death rate. Both the governments of the United States and England enacted laws to prevent accidental poisonings. However, it was the poison manufacturers themselves who took direct action to save customers who, for instance, were fumbling for medicine by candlelight and grabbing bedbug poison by mistake.

Poison bottles Dating

Dsting What they did botltes only reduced the number of accidental deaths, but Datint also created an almost irresistible collectible. To distinguish them from non-lethal products, poison bottles were made unique and Datting in color, texture and shape. Colors like cobalt blue, honey amber, black, and emerald and several other shades of green were used to ensure they stood out from the other bottles on the shelf. Poison bottles were also designed with unique textures: In England, cobalt blue "subs" bottles were invented by H. Obttles and G. Walker in the fat cigar shape of a submarine. Martin's Poison. In addition to being very large in size and aqua in color most manufacturers steered away from this color because of its similarity to other product bottlesthe Martin's bottle was manufactured so it had to lie on its side.

It also has a "U" bend or indentation in the shoulder. The horizontal direction of the bottle performed two functions: Martin's Poison, England, 20 oz. Only known example in this size. Courtesy Reggie Lynch, www. Additional links to images of similar bottles are also frequently included. The array of references used to support the conclusions and estimates found here - including the listed dating ranges - are noted. Additional information and estimates are based on the empirical observations of the author over 50 years of experience; this is often but not always noted.

Various terminology is used in the descriptions that may be unfamiliar if you have not studied other pages on this site. If a term is unfamiliar, first check the Bottle Glossary page for an explanation or definition. As an alternative, one can do a search of this website. The first recorded use of molded proprietary embossing on an American made bottle body was around on a Dr. Robertson's Family Medicine bottle McKearin This category is primarily based on age as reflected by the bottles exhibiting the manufacturing related features typical of bottles made in the U. The few shapes and styles briefly discussed here are just a small sampling of the shapes produced and are not usually exclusive to this period; bottles of very similar shapes were also made after the Civil War when the diversity of shapes was many times richer.

This early medicinal bottles section is essentially an overview of the diagnostic features that typify bottles made during the first half of the 19th century; see the Mouth-blown Bottle Dating page for more information. Specifically, medicine bottles made during the period from about to the Civil War typically share most of the following diagnostic characteristics: All pontil types are possible on early medicinal bottles, though blowpipe and iron pontil scars are the most frequently observed.

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See the Poidon Finishes page for more information on bottle finishing techniques. Of course, obttles of these imperfections can be observed on later mouth-blown bottles and even some machine-made bottles in the 20th century. However, the earliest bottles will have a higher number of these traits present on the same bottle and usually the trait is more distinct, i. The early, dark olive green almost black glass medicine bottle pictured above left is embossed on four sides with C.

This product was advertised between and as a cure for consumption tuberculosisliver complaint, asthma, colds, coughs, and pains in the side and chest Odell This bottle has a crudely applied short oil finish, was blown in a two-piece "hinge" mold as indicated by the mold seam crossing diagonally across the entire basehas a sand pontil bottllesand of course, no evidence of mold air venting as this bottle pre-dates the widespread use of that technology by many decades. The dark olive green color as well as the overall crudeness of manufacturing is very indicative of an early manufacturing date. Click on the following links for more images of this bottle: The last two pictures show some of the body crudeness typical of earlier mouth-blown bottles of all types.

The large, aDting olive green black glass square medicinal bottle pictured to the right most likely dates from pojson s or early s and is covered in the "Sarsaparilla" section later Dating poison bottles this page. It is a bottle shape that was relatively commonly used for medicinal as well as Daring products particularly liquor during this early era. Medium to dark olive green or olive amber glass was a common color for the earliest types of bottles, including medicine bottles as this and the prior bottle Brinkerhoff's indicate.

This bottle is rectangular with arched and indented panels on poiosn three sides with embossing and a flat, non-indented bottoes on the reverse for the label which is often called the "label panel" on paneled bottles. The body is also several times taller than the bohtles height. Bottlee features rectangular with beveled corners and bottlex or more indented Datng are a very commonly repeated pattern of conformation for medicine bottles made between the s and the s, the latter period which would include machine-made bottles. Click the following links to view more images of this bottle: What was "searched" for in the blood is lost to history but does reflect the Daging creativity that patent medicine producers found in describing their products.

It was advertised in the Hollidaysburg Register in as good for cancer, scrofula, scald head, liver complaint, low spirits, paralysis, syphilitic diseases, and other maladies Odell Sounds like it was high in alcohol which was very common. It has a crudely applied patent or extract finish, blowpipe pontil scar, was blown in a hinge mold as indicated by the mold seam crossing diagonally across the entire baseand has no evidence of mold air venting. Click on the following links to see more images of this bottle: The grouping of small 3" [8 cm] to 5" [13 cm] aqua bottles pictured to the left are an assortment of very typical pontil scarred "utility" type bottles that date from the s to mid s all were excavated in the Westhave no embossing, and were most commonly used for medicinal products.

All of these small bottles exhibit the characteristics noted earlier: The first from left to rightthird laying downand sixth bottles are sided which was a common configuration for utility medicinal bottles of the era. An example of one of these generic paneled bottles with the original label is described below. Five of the six bottles are molded, with one 5th being free-blown or possibly dip-molded. All have relatively thin glass which is a typical characteristic of these early type medicinal bottles. In fact, these bottles are most often only found as fragments. A few other images of early medicinal bottles bottles, many of which are used and discussed elsewhere within this website, are available by clicking on the following links.

This helps show a bit of the diversity of shape found in these bottles: Sarsaparilla's are covered specifically below though this particular bottle is a classic example of an early medicinal dating from about, i. OLD D R. An example of the "knock-off" competitor to the Dr. Townsend's Sarsaparilla. It dates from the same era as the bottle noted abovebut was made in a deep emerald green color and has very heavy "whittle marks. The embossing is all on one side and as follows: It has a crudely rolled finish, crudely "whittled" aqua colored glass, and was made in a two-piece "hinge" mold as evidenced by a diagonal mold seam across the base.

It is not pontil scarred though many are. Given these physical features which are very typical of medicinal bottles made during the midth century and the context of where it was found this particular bottle likely dates from about to possibly the early s which would be the later end of the "early" era discussed here. The company did, however, produce several other medicines for clearly internal use including a couple types of sarsaparilla, "Itch Ointment", "Kreosote Toothache Drops", and "Balm of X Thousand Flowers" - some of which could have been contained in this generic type bottle Odell This is another relatively common bottle from the same company as the bottle above but produced in a larger cylindrical shape.

It also dates from the s and is embossed vertically with G. We have enjoyed shipping our items all over the world and are happy to offer most of our items to international buyers. We do not falsify information on the Customs Form, such as a price other than what the actual purchase price is, so please do not request us to do so. We ship several times a week and send payment acknowledgments and shipping confirmations. Your prompt payment will assure a very quick turn-around time. This is especially important for foreign buyers as most of our foreign shipping charges are rough estimates. These are very interesting bottles, to be sure. This bottle contained a thick black creosote liquid contents that would be used in a Cresolene vaporizer.

The vaporizer consisted of a small glass oil lamps that sat inside a small brass frame-work with a small tray mounted above the lamp. The liquid Cresolene was poured into the little tray where the lamp heated it, and 'vaporized' it into the immediate vicinity, much like a steam vaporizer works in modern days. Then the vapors were ingested by the patient and the patient was cured of a whole list of afflictions, almost every known aliment known to mankind, according to the propaganda that came with the product.

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