First, are the 3 Luyties examples which sport a metal cover detailing the content's name. A visually-appealing label envelopes three sides of the bottles while the back side has "LUYTIES PHARMACY ST. LOUIS" embossed.
Last, is the 2.75 inch corked bottle that has "Humphrey's Homeopathic Medicine Co., New York" embossed on the back.
This nice group of amber glass medicines date to the 1890s. The labels show minor loss, fading and wear commensurate with an antique medicine.
A group not to be missed!
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The first three tablet boxes, "GLONOIN", measure 2.75 inches long, are in very good condition, and date to the 1920s.
Next are four boxes of "HYOSCINE" that are in excellent condition and date to the 1920s. The boxes measure 2.75 inches and are all marked "POISON".
The last two tablet boxes measure 3.25 long and date to the early 1900s. PHYSOSTICMINE and STRYCHNINE each contain three perfectly labeled vials. The Strychnine vial mentions the 1906 Food and Drug Act on the tiny end label.
The condition of the boxes are very good!
The first two tablet boxes are from Eli Lilly and measure 3.25 inches long and date to the early 1900s. The NITROGLYCERIN box contains 5 labeled tubes and is in excellent condition. The PROCAINE medicine box contains 1 labeled tablet tube and is in very good condition.
The second group are five SHARPE & DOHME tablet boxes (4 measure 3.25 and one measures 4.25 inches long). The condition of the boxes are very good with the red colored CAFFEINE box showing one piece of tape on one end. The CAFFEINE box contains 5 perfect glass tablet vials and dates to the 1910 era. Two SCOPOLAMINE tablet boxes are excellent. Two CLYCERYLIS boxes are in very good condition, one of which contains a full compliment of vials while the second has four vials.
A unique opportunity to acquire scarce medicines!
First, is the amber-colored, 4.75 inch tall bottle labeled CHOLERA INFANTUM NO.176 which sports an excellent label.
Second, is a 5.25 inch high, clear, corked example, "CATHARTIC ACTIVE C.C.T.", sporting a near perfect label. The right and left side panels have the initials "D.S.Co." boldly embossed. In very good condition.
Third, is a 5.25 inch, clear, medicine bottle that has a near-perfect label marked "AMENORRHOEA C.C.T.". Condition is very good.
Fourth, is a POISON labeled "ANODYNE INFANTS NO.2 C.T." in a 4 inch bottle. It sports a tiny NARCOTIC 1 cent stamp on the back, as well as an embossing on two sides similar to the cathartic bottle. A tiny chip on the front lip and some loss to the label are noted. A nice collection from an obscure Buffalo N.Y. pharmaceutical company of the early 1900s.
A delightful quartet!
Direct Sales Company had various convictions imposed upon them during the 1940s. As their name states, they were a direct sales company of pharmaceuticals which included narcotics. The company illegally supplied many doctors from small practices the opportunity to purchase Morphine Sulfate. The physicians purchased thousands of doses with the intent to sell to both their patients and established addicts. Ultimately, the discrepancy between the high volume of pills provided to doctors in relation to the much smaller numbers of "patients" served didn't add up and prosecutions began.
This compound contains chloroform and claims to help relieve the pain of Rheumatism, Lumbago, Gout, and Headache, to name but a few. The box is in good condition and displays very well although it shows modest wear, surface staining, with some crimps as well as loss of the top flap. The 6.25 inch corked bottle is in fine condition and sports a complete label that is crimped just beneath the black "St Jacobs Oil" printing. Slight staining and loss near the base is also evident.
Overall, a very interesting, well-designed, patent medicine bottle and box which displays rather well and is worthy of any collection!
This handsome display measures 9"L x 4.25"W x 2"H and sports 23 of the original 24 tablet boxes. Each 3 inch box contains a perfectly-labeled, cork-topped bottle with the original insert.
The condition of the display box is fairly good with some honorable wear and scuffs, with loss of the top cover, all commensurate with an antique medicine. One of the medicine boxes has a small 1/3 inch of ancient, but unobtrusive debris stuck on it. Several boxes show a few tiny stains worth noting. One box has been opened and has one loose flap.
A wonderful, all-original find!
There are 3 examples from the most notable company, BECTON, DICKINSON & Co. The 1939 B-D YALE LOC box contains 8 needles. The B-D ERUSTO sample from the early 1940s has 8 needles that are secured in a metal tray. Each needle includes their cleaning wire. The third B-D box has a patent date of 1941 and sports 8 tiny needles secured in a metal tray. Condition is very good.
Next are 2 boxes of ECO RUSTLESS HYPODERMIC NEEDLES that each house 6 needles in a steel cylinder base. The boxes and contents are in very nice condition. A plastic sleeve of cleaning wires remains in one box.
A single box of LILLY HYPODERMIC NEEDLES contains 9 needles that nestle into their fitted box. Condition of the contents is fine, and the box is in fairly good condition showing old tape on front. Dates to the 1940s.
A single box of ECO STAINLESS HYPODERMIC NEEDLES sports 6 needles in a fitted metal base. The contents are fine and the box is modestly worn. This example also dates to the 1940s.
Finally, a partial box of 9 needles clipped into a metal tray round out this very nice grouping of vintage stock. Labeled LUER SLIP and sporting their cleaning wires, this group dates to the 1940s. Box is fair.
Hard to find in this quantity and quality!
First is a bottle of MOTHERS FRIEND which was an external treatment for "massaging the skin and tired, aching muscles". The 6 inch box houses an unlabeled bottle with a 1949 copyright paper insert. The condition is fine for the bottle and good for the box. The box, while featuring interesting graphics, has one top flap that is partially attached with old tape with some oil stains noted. The box notes that both men and women could use this emollient, while the insert specifically mentions use for females only.
Second is a 2.25 inch tin of Dr. Pierce's ANTISEPTIC and HEALING SUPPOSITORIES. The tin has an appealing graphic and is in unused condition. Mild scuff marks and scratches as well as a small portion of paint loss by Dr. Pierce's name is noted, with a mild stain on the lower backside apparent. Overall, this circa 1940s tin displays very well.
Thirdly, is the early C1900s, PISO'S TABLET "HEALING ASTRINGENT TONIC" which was used as a local treatment for inflammation, leucorrhea, ulceration, skin affections and more. Measuring 2.75 inches tall and sporting a visually-graphic label housing that houses a wood container make this medicine quite appealing!
Finally, is the diminutive medicine marked "LYDIA PINKHAM'S TABLETS" from the 1940s. This female-specific treatment sports a 3 inch box with both bottle and insert that are in very nice condition.
A quality quartet!
The first two medicines are from Denver, Colorado, are labeled KIDNEY TABLETS, and measure about three inches tall. As noted on their brightly colored labels, they are a remedy for a variety of disorders including: URINARY, LIVER, DIABETES, and LUMBAGO to name a few! The tablets are housed within wooden vials which are covered by the labels. The labels shows mild loss primarily on the ends. The condition of the wooden vials is very good. A hard to find Western medicine!
Thirdly, is another nice Western medicine: SWAIN'S BACKACHE AND KIDNEY PILLS from Kansas City, MO. This three inch remedy mentions the Food and Drug Act and sports a wooden vial housed in a very decorative paper label. The condition is very good with loss of the label on both ends.
The fourth medicine, DEBELL'S KIDNEY PILLS, dates to the early 1900s and also mentions the 1906 Pure Foods and Drug Act. It sports a wood vial enclosed in a paper label. This medicine is specific for kidney and bladder complaints and is from the C.W.BEGGS SONS & Co., Chicago, USA. The condition is good with modest wear and loss to one end of the label.
Finally, is DOAN'S REGULETS touted "A MODERN LAXATIVE" from Foster-Milburn CO., Buffalo, N.Y. The label on this 2.5 inch cutie is complete, mildly worn and colorful. Dates to the 1920s era.
Overall a nice group of early medicines ready for your collection!
First is Dr. Hebra's "UNGOID" which is a 2.75" tall, skin remedy bottle which was prepared by The G.C. Bittner Co., Toledo, Ohio. This circa early 1900's bottle is perfect and is embossed "DR HEBRA'S UNGOID on the back side. It sports a 3 sided paper label that is in good condition with mild staining.
Second is a 3.25 inch high, "JUSTRITE CORN REMOVER" medicine sporting a partially-filled, wooden vial which is covered with a decorative yellow label. The back of the label notes the directions for corn, wart and callous removal. The condition is very good including the wood vial and label. It is from the Walgreen Co., Chicago, and dates to the 1910 - 1920 era.
Third, is a circa 1910, Gonorrhea cure bottle labeled "HEGANON" from the Schering & Glatz company that measures 2.25 inch high. It remains in the original wrapper and is in perfect condition.
Finally, is a box of IODUM-POT.IODID containing 10 tubes from the Conroy Products Co., Inc., New York, N.Y. This was used as an antiseptic and disinfectant with the box measuring 3.5"L x 2.25"W. Contents are in excellent condition and are dated June 25th, 1937.
A delightful quartet!
These handsome bottles measure 2.75 inches and sport a metal cover detailing the content's name. A graphic label envelopes three sides of each bottle while the back sides are embossed "BOERICKE & TAFEL NEW YORK".
This lovely group of amber glass medicines date to the 1890s. The labels show minimal loss, fading and wear commensurate with an antique medicine.
A group not to be missed!
Each circa 1940s era box originally contained a dozen high quality needles. The boxes and needles are all identical in size and labeling. Each needle clips into a metal tray and sports a wire cleaner which resides inside the needle.
There are a total of 33 needles within the 5 boxes, all measuring about 3 inches long, and all in fine condition. Three of the boxes are in very good condition; two boxes are in fair condition showing mild loss of the box label on the edges as well as some carton separation.
An exact example of these high end needles exists at the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY.....Pretty neat!
First, is a sample bottle of FLORAPLEXIN prepared by Franklin Hart of New York. The label notes that it is, "A positive cure for Dyspepsia, Liver complaints, NERVOUS EXHAUSTION, & Consumption." Lots of small print on the back noting that if this medicine is used, "you will be cured" of your particular symptoms which include being NERVOUS, IRRITABLE & GLOOMY or having EVIL FOREBODINGS - rather interesting claims not often made by patent medicine producers. Measures about 3 inches, in very good condition.
Second, is a diminutive, corked, 2.75 inch bottle labeled "THE ENSIGN REMEDIES, "Remedy No. 1." The label notes: "For Abnormal Mental States, Fears, Forebodings, Persistent Thoughts and Evil Suggestions". It is quite rare to find medicines that were specifically indicated for the treatment of mental illness. The Ensign Remedies company was from Battle Creek, Michigan, and was mentioned often in the various medical journals published during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The bottle is excellent and the label shows modest wear, loss and fading.
Third, is a very choice, Dr. Schoop's medicine labeled "Restorative Nerve Pills" in a cute 2.5 inch bottle. The label also mentions the following: "For the Cure of Nervousness and Constipation". Additional claims note that the pills are "for the quick relief of Nervousness, Sleeplessness, Trembling, Hysteria, Spasms, and all conditions of the Brain and Nervous System attended by Nervous Excitement, etc.". The medicine is unused and sports a complete, graphic label including bright circular end labels on top and bottom. This well may be a wooden vial but without opening,one cannot be certain. Dates to circa 1900.
These nostrums give credence to "good things come in small packages". A desirable trio indeed!
The empty, amber-colored bottles are all in fine condition sporting both handsome front labels as well as decorative cork top labels.
There are three, 5 inch bottles labeled as follows: LIVER SPECIAL, CATARRH CHRONIC, and MERCURY PROTO IODIDE (the Mercury example mentions the Food and Drugs Act of 1906 on the label. Two bottles measure about 4.25" high and are separately labeled HYDROPIC and UTERINE TONIC (the uterine tonic also mentions the 1906 Food and Drugs Act). Finally, the 6th bottle is a diminutive 3.75" example labeled NIGHT SWEATS.
Overall, the labels are all in very nice condition with only some slight fading to the red print on a few labels. There are minimal scuff marks, scant paper loss and discoloration to the labels as seen in the photos.
A lovely collection.
THE MALTBIE CHEMICAL CO. NEWARK, N.J.
BIRDSEY LUCIUS MALTBIE ESQ., was born in CATTARAUGUS N.Y, SEPTEMBER 19, 1864. At an early age, he worked in a drug store, sought advanced schooling, and eventually graduated from ALBANY COLLEGE of PHARMACY, Class of 1885. In 1888, he started a small drug business and then later went into partnership with his brother, RALPH H. MALTBIE. The two began manufacturing various pharmaceutical preparations, eventually entitling their business, "THE MALTBIE CHEMICAL CO."
The tub-like base measures 4.25"L x 3.25"W x 2.25"H and has 2 notches on the sides that support the heavy wheel. The 2.75" diameter wheel fits and spins smoothly upon the base. A small group of pharmacy labels are included from the BUSY CORNER DRUG STORE of Denver, Colorado! The condition is very fine. A wonderful addition and often overlooked implement for one's pharmacy collection.
Each 5.75 inch high clear glass bottle sports a paper label with the name of the contents typed in.
The bottles are in fine shape with ground glass stoppers in place. The labels are in very good condition with crimps, stains and mild edge loss as expected with vintage bottles that have been used. This set should be in a museum!
The first bottle, MYRRH, historically was used as incense and as a powerful medicine. During the early 1900s, it was used as an astringent, antiseptic, anti-tussive, and anti-spasmotic to name a few.
The second bottle, contains SANGINARY ROOT and has a colorful history in Native American folklore, often being used as a medicine for sore throat, cough, or to be applied as body paint.
The 3rd bottle, LYCOPODIUM, is known as a homeopathic remedy and was noted as being very effective in treating hernias. Today there are nearly 20 maladies claiming benefit from lycopodium.
The 4th bottle, Powdered STRAMONIUM, has been a key ingredient in the treatment of breathing ailments such as asthma from the early 1800s to the 1950s! It is still used under the trade name Atrovent.
They are being sold separately for $55.00 each. The POISON bottle BELLADONNA is $65.00.
Decorative stock bottles such as these beauties were meant to be refilled and reused and were the pride of the pharmacy staff. Eye-catching, reflective medicine bottles such as these also served as an advertising mechanism as they often were placed prominently on the front row of pharmacy cabinets.
Each amber colored bottle measures 8.5 inches tall, has a narrow or wide mouth and sports a stopper with ground glass construction. The bottles date to the 1920-1930's era.
The condition of these empty bottles are excellent. Some of the stoppers are stuck in place.
The bottles sport either gold or silver toned foil labels which show slight wear and staining, commensurate with age and use.
A lovely group indeed!
This 4 inch, amber bottle is in fine shape, it has a labeled cork plus a label on back with directions for an antidote.
The front label has a tiny, missing piece by the letter 'K' in the word PINK. Both labels are mildly faded and lightly stained from age.