Of special consideration among the Munyons remedies is the PAW PAW PILLS example, which is the earliest of the grouping. This a wooden vial is surrounded by a colorful paper label and a complete paper insert. The second Munyons remedy box houses a full, glass vial with a metal screw cap and paper insert. They each measure just over 2.5 inches.
Of the four Humphreys remedies, the earliest nostrums are the ones numbered "8" and "31" date to the 1920s. The boxes have paper labels covering them, and include a corked glass vial and paper insert. The Humphreys remedies labeled "3" and "30" date to the 1940, are unopened and contain either a glass or plastic vial. They measure 3 inches.
First, is "OXYGENAQUA", AKA "The Compound Oxygen Water" by Starkey Palen for the treatment of bowel complaints. This 8.25 inch example dates to the 1890s and sports a fairly good and very legible, though faded and worn, label. The back of the bottle features bold embossing that includes the full compound's name with a fancy "SP" in the center. No damage.
Next, is an aqua-colored glass, lung and cold tonic called "SCOTT'S EMULSION", measuring 9.25 inches. The circa 1910 bottle is in fine condition and supports a soiled and worn but legible label. The back boasts of wonderful embossing that includes the remedy's name and a weary fisherman hoisting a rather large cod fish that would be considered a massive catch by today's standards!
Third, is a popular size "VAPO-CRESOLINE" POISON bottle complete with 90% of its label! "Vapo-Cresolene" was a form of coal-tar that was used in a special vaporizer and marketed as a cure for numerous respiratory diseases, including pneumonia, whooping cough and diphtheria beginning in 1879. Although the company's claims were debunked by the American Medical Association in 1908, this product and its vaporizers, amazingly, continued to be sold as late as the 1940s! This bottle dates to 1910.
A terrific trio of yesterday's nostrums!
The box is mildly worn commensurate with age and use, with some tape holding the top sides together. It measures 5.5"L x 3.75"W x 3.5"H.
Twenty three of the 24 bottles retain their contents, with the one bottle displaying a dark cork being empty and broken (parts of the glass from this broken vial are stuck to the box interior compartment). The vials measure just over 3 inches tall including corks and sport handwritten labels, most of which are legible (a few are faded and illegible).
Overall a very unusual find when you consider that the contents remain.
Although homeopathy has its roots in ancient Greek medicine and in the work of the 16th-century physician, Paracelsus, modern homeopathy dates back 200 years to the work of the German doctor and chemist, Samuel Hahnemann. Hahnemann qualified as a physician but ceased to practice as a doctor because of what he saw as the barbaric medical practices of his day - which included bloodletting and the overuse of toxic medicines, leading to horrific side effects.
A brilliant linguist, he earned a living from translating books and was interested by a reference in a medical textbook describing the use of China (Peruvian bark) as a cure for malaria. Intrigued to know why China worked, he took doses of the remedy until he himself began to exhibit malarial symptoms. He stopped taking the China, and the symptoms went away. From this he deduced that the ancient principle of 'like cures like' actually worked.
His next step was to determine if there were safe levels at which toxic substances could be given - and still cure the type of symptoms that they might otherwise cause. His experiments with dilution led him to discover that the more a substance was diluted, the more potent it appeared to become.
Homeopathic medicine was born, but in practicing it, Hahnemann and his followers were subjected to ridicule and persecution by the medical establishment, despite the fact that they were seeing patients getting better on tiny doses of medicines, prescribed on the basis of 'like cures like'. Many European practitioners immigrated to the United States, where homeopathy flourished in the 19th century – until the traditional medical establishment systematically acted to remove its influence.
Hahnemann ended his days as a renowned and very busy practitioner in Paris, working into his 80's. He is interred at the Cimetière du Père Lachaise, where a large monument honors him and his discovery of Homeopathy.
This large, 10.5 inch tall bottle with such a very desirable design would not have been a stock bottle but instead would have been a special order from the manufacturer.
This label under glass (LUG) wide mouth bottle is in fine condition. The stylish, knobby-shaped stopper sports ground glass construction and fits perfectly! There is one tiny edge chip on the back-edge of the bottle mouth. The glass label is complete, has crackled paint and displays quite well.
A lovely example of form and function!
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The weights are housed in plastic, fitted cases and include tweezers for securing the various milligram weights. Each cased set offers a total of sixteen gram and ounce brass weights - 1 metric, small, coin-size weight and various, metal, gram and grain weights.
The cases measure 4.5 inches long x 4 inches wide x 1.75 inches high.
Condition of the BRISTOL-MEYERS case is very good with wear commensurate with use and age and is priced $45.00.
Case #2 marked OHAUS on the top is in excellent condition and is priced $60.00. This set comes with its original shipping box and appears unused.
The cover has a crack as seen in the photo, but the jar otherwise is quite fine lending flair and elegance to your apothecary collection.
The REXALL ITCH OINTMENT is unused and is indicated as a treatment for scabies.
Hobson's tin DERMA ZEMA OINTMENT is complete with box and is unused, new-old stock!
The DOAN'S PILLS tin still retains some of its original pills.
The VAPEX INHALER is in original, unused condition.
The BAYER ASPIRIN tin still has 3 pills inside.
The small, empty, Eli Lilly ATROPINE SULFATE bottle once housed 100 hypodermic tablets.
The Doan's, Bayer and Lilly items are in good condition with wear commensurate with age and use. The remaining three items are in very good condition.
For purposes of size perspective, the Hobson and Rexall ointment tins measure almost 3 inches.
Quite visually appealing, the sign is in very nice condition with a minor paint spot on the top center above the "L" and one on the top frame. There is light wear on the wood finish as well but it is not obtrusive.
Eli Lilly was a proud manufacturer of proprietary medicines for over a century and often provided signage to drug store owners to both assist in promoting these local pharmacies as well as to advertise their own products.
This handsome, lathe-turned, two-sided, wooden, pill rounder sports different depths to create two size pills. It measures about 2.75 inches in diameter.
The rounder sports a wonderful honey-colored patina on the original surface. The condition is very good with honorable wear and staining commensurate with an antique pharmacy tool. The rounder is not quite perfectly round, and it has a faint hairline split on the edge. It is, however, a wonderful example of the early pharmacy trade that is seldom found.
A must for your collection!
All printed information is in English and French. The 4.5 inch tin cylindrical container is full with what appears to be the original pink powder contents and is in very good condition with the exception of some rust on the bottom of the tin. The paper label is complete and shows minor wear spots from storage.
A great disease specific medication!
The first bottle measures four inches tall with cork and sports a complete label "TONI-SEDATIVE" from Burrough Bros., Mfg. Co. Baltimore, MD. This cute amber bottle also sports a tiny label on the cork. There is embossing on the lower back of bottle "B.B.MFG.CO. Condition is very good with no damage.
The second bottle is clear glass and has fancy embossed lettering, "WHS&CO". This nice pill bottle measures 4.5" with cork and also is in very good condition. The slightly stained label is marked PHENACETINE - SALOPHEN and the product was made by W.H. SCHIEFFELIN & CO. NEW YORK.
This beautifully-formed, two-sized measure sports a lovely, deep, honey-colored patina. The cup measures just under 5 inches high and is in very nice condition. The wood used to craft this lovely piece contains a natural, narrow, 1 inch long, vertical blemish at the base of the smaller cup (see 7th & 9th photos). The craftsman who created this piece was clearly highly skilled as he was able to work around this natural wood blemish to create a fully-functional apothecary tool.
During the 19th century and into the early 20th century, Seidlitz powders, which were used to treat indigestion and constipation, came to the drugstore in bulk, and dosages were measured out using the measure cup.
The pharmacist then dispensed the powders for the customer in small envelopes containing two, colored paper wraps, one white and one blue. The white packets contained tartaric acid, and the blue packets contained a mixture of 75% Rochelle salt (potassium sodium tartrate) and 25% baking soda (sodium bicarbonate).
The customer then was instructed to dissolve the powdery contents of each packet separately in water. and then combine them together. When mixed together, the remedy gave off carbon dioxide with a characteristic fizzing sound. The medicinal drink was described as "a cooling, agreeable draught".
The Cudahy meat packing industry dates back to the turn of the century. The Cudahy meat industry, with stockyards in Omaha, Chicago, Sioux City and Los Angeles produced the REX brand of fine beef and pork products. They also produced lard, soaps and patent medicine products such as Cudahy's Essence of Pepsin and Cudahy's Rexsoma that used the animal byproducts. The patent medicines were marketed as nutritional supplements for improved health.
This 3.5 inch tall undamaged beauty is in very good condition and very classy indeed!
A terrific image on a lovely cup that can be easily displayed anywhere in your collection.
The age of the very neat piece is from the late 1800s to early 19th century. Measures 7.5"L x 5"W x 1"H and is in "as found" condition from a long closed New Jersey pharmacy. The contents are wrapped in paper which sports a complete aged and stained label. There are pieces of wrapper that are missing and some edge loss of product. This honorable wear is commensurate with age, storage and travel.
This specimen is the only one I have seen and belongs in a museum or fine collection.
The sourcing of this product was from sperm whales and was not from their blubber. I will leave it to the new owner to discover the not so colorful history of the whaling trade. Moby Dick is a great start.
The condition of this early 1930s nostrum is very good with minimal tarnish to the metal and very light fading to the label.
This medicine tin is unopened and ready for your collection!
Cleverly conceived and constructed, this display combines a very, visually-pleasing, accessible medicine display that promoted spur-of-the-moment purchases at the drug store cash register, along with a tape dispenser for use by the pharmacist and his employees! Quite clever--- as it guaranteed that the display would remain in use and visible in the pharmacy as the tape dispenser provided a nice convenience for drug store employees!
In very nice condition with expected scratches, paint rubs, and non-problematic, superficial surface rusting here and there (please see photos) expected of a 75+ year old functional display.
The display retains one of its twelve, original, glass Alka-Seltzer medicine bottles (empty of contents) as well as an older, used roll of tape in the dispenser!
A very unique advertising drug store display sure to start an interesting conversation at your next dinner party!
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!
This fine, walnut, twenty-five compartment case houses twenty three medicine bottles, most of which are embossed FRASER & CO, with a few marked FRASER. A total of seventeen of the bottles sport original, early labels. Three other bottles have hand-written labels, and the remainder are unlabeled- one of which has no embossing. There are a total of six amber bottles, two of which are corked and without labels, while four are complete, inclusive of paper labels. Some of the bottles are partially filled with tablets. Please see photos to view the various medicine labels, one of which is OPIUM.
The walnut cabinet measures 11" W x 10.5" D x 6.25" H, and is in nice condition with a split on the front top that can be restored if desired. The finish has a lovely, warm patina, and the brass escutcheon bears just the right amount of oxidation. A wonderful addition to any collection!
The diminutive metal case with scale inside measures approximately 1.5" wide x 2.75" long x .75" deep and is in very nice, original condition. The scale's capacity is 1/2 to 20 grains. It was manufactured by the N.V. Randolph Paper Box Company, Richmond, VA.
****NOTE****There is no damage to the scale or case and no missing components! The original spatula, which is sometimes lost over the years, is present and completes this very handsome, visually-appealing piece!
Some history: Joseph Williamson Randolph (1815-1893) established his business as publisher, bookseller, and stationer in Richmond, Virginia, in 1831. By the early 1840s, he had formed a partnership with Joseph J. English, and the firm became one of the leading book dealers in the South by the time of the Civil War. After Randolph's death, his son, Norman Y. Randolph, operated the business until it passed into receivership. Norman Randolph was, at various times, president of the Randolph Paper Box Company, the Virginia State Insurance Company, and the Warwick Park Transportation Company. He also served as secretary-treasurer of the Virginia and North Carolina Wheel Company.
From the GLASCO Glass Company, this pill tile is in nice condition, with 2 edge dings and various faint glass scratches acquired as a result of use, resulting in a fine, vintage patina.
The fancy and highly-stylized, Art Deco, aluminum frame cradles an equally highly-stylized, classically-ribbed, clear glass show globe and finial. If so desired, the show globe will hold water. The frame is embellished with a buffed matte finish with design details outlined in contrasting black to further enhance the fabulous, Art Deco styling. The chain link is also painted black, echoing the black detailing of the frame, and it retains most of its gorgeous, original finish, with absolutely no pitting. This fabulous apothecary showpiece measures 29 inches from the top of its fancy hanger to the base.
The condition is absolutely excellent. The globe glass is clean and clear with a perfectly fitting, ground-glass stopper. The interior globe rim has an extremely shallow, minute, surface chip that is insignificant and is very difficult to see and photograph. The finial base has two practically undetectable, teeny, flea bites that cannot be seen when the finial is inserted into the globe rim, and which also, are too tiny to photograph.
The take away of this offering, this outstanding piece of nearly 100 year old, American pharmacy history, is both its exquisite Art Deco styling with extraordinary visual appeal, and its utterly excellent condition, making it a true rarity among extant Apothecary antiques and collectibles!
Dating to the 1950s - 1960s era, this beautiful, white and cobalt blue colored pair are in excellent condition. The large jar measures 10.75 inches tall x 6 inches in diameter. The small jar measures 7.5 inches high x 4.75 inches in diameter.
Ready for display in your vintage drug store collection!
First is a most unusual carton of 6 vials labeled "PITANTHM" which is a uterine stimulant used to promote labor. Inside the small 3.5" x 2.75" box are six unused ampules nesting within. The circa 1940's ampules measure 2" tall and sport a very cute paper label and are in perfect shape. The box shows mild wear, some stain and fading.
Secondly is an unused, Parke Davis, sex hormone ampule labeled "ANTUITRIN". The box measures 4" x 2" and is complete with a paper insert with directions, dose and indications including a date of 8-48. The medicine is in mint condition. The distilled water vial is about 3" high and the medicine ampule is about 2 inches tall with both sporting perfect labels. The box is in very good condition with some stains, wear and minor label loss.
A pair not to be missed!
This diminutive kit was designed to be portable and most useful for scrapes and scratches. The case measures 6" x x 3" x 1.25" and is in very nice condition with minor surface scratches and stains commensurate with age. The contents are near perfect.
Distributed by FOREST CITY PRODUCTS, INC. Cleveland, Ohio.
A wonderful kit for your medical, nursing or emergency-care student or professional in your life!
An additional tube of Ophthalmic ointment and a few early Band-aids are included!
The 8.5 inch bottle is in fine condition and sports a label only on the side panel because it is embossed on the remaining three sides. The bottle label is almost complete with modest staining from content leakage.
This medicine retains its original, very decorative box which notes a 1915 date-- apparently when this "new" box was first introduced to the public in August of that year. The box is complete and in good condition noting modest content stain, mostly on the left panel.
Ayer's Sarsaparilla was actually a quack medicine first introduced in the mid 19th century, with no real evidence of therapeutic value, and in that regard, quite similar to many other medicines of that era. Sarsaparilla, J.C. Ayer's most popular product, was cited as a real blessing to humanity in that it purified the blood, stimulated the vital functions, restored and preserved health, and infused new life and vigor throughout the whole system!! Sarsaparilla was also recommended for jaundice, dyspepsia, pimples, boils, ringworm, female weaknesses and ‘lassitude and debility peculiar to the Spring.'
This lovely, late-Victorian-styled inhaler is primarily being sold for its original box. The box is complete and very detailed on all sides (including the top), sporting wonderful graphics and information on its many merits. The box measures 6.5" H x 4" W x 3.25" D and shows only mild wear and faint staining. Finding a complete box in this condition is quite uncommon.
The lamp is not complete and is minus its chimney and top medicinal pan.
The advertising says it all - great graphic and lung specific. The last patent date noted on the box is 1899, and the first patent date is stamped on the lamp as being Ag. (August) 4, 1885.
The 12 inch tall powder bottle has an open pontil on the base and sports a ground glass stopper, and is in fine condition with edge chips to the stopper as seen in the photo.
It is part of an unusual collection of 6 similar bottles that are offered for sale, some of which are etched WITTE’S PATENT 11/14/76. This particular bottle IS etched with this patent information.
In 20 years of specializing in pharmacy and apothecary antiquities, this is the first time that I have seen this version of a HAND PAINTED apothecary bottle!
Measuring just 3.25 inches long, this hand-carved piece features a spatula that is tapered to a fine, thin edge allowing for the easy handling of the finest-ground drug powders.
Condition is very fine without imperfection! A gorgeous, RARE apothecary implement!
Each vial measures approximately 1.5 inches in length including the cork. The vials are nestled in the leather case, with most vials sporting a hand written label on the top of the cork. The fitted case measures 7.5" long x 2" wide x 3.5" high and shows honorable wear commensurate with age and use. Modest wear and loss to the case edges is noted with separation of 2 flaps, specifically the top left flap and middle left flap.
The many vials include a very desirable example labeled 30 CANNAB IND (cannabis indica). Other vials include: BELLAD, ACID PHOS, ALOES, MAGN. C., LYCOP, ZINC M., STAPH. to name a few.
A wonderful representation of late 19th century homeopathic medicine!
The pastoral image features a country maiden leading a cow from the woods while holding a can of Horlick's Malted Milk.
Imprinted on the cow's side is the following, "Ask for Horlick's at all Fountains and Hotels."
Around the circumference of the mirror, the product is further advertised:
"This maiden fair was dressed in silk,
She drinks the Horlick's Malted Milk."
" Tea of coffee it does replace,
In Health or Sickness,
Wins the Race."
Original mirrored backing is in very fine condition with just a few very minute , superficial scratches. Marked in microscopically written print ob bottom edge: The Whitemead & Hoag Company, Newark, New Jersey.
A beautiful little advertising piece!
This complete display consists of 24, small 'sample' medicine boxes, each of which contain colorful little red pills!
Each box's label includes ingredients described as 'laxative and cathartic’.
Packed by CHANDLER MEDICINE CO. - Office 2812 Dodier Street, ST. LOUIS, MO., the display measures 6" x 5" x 1" and is in unused, very nice condition. ***NOTE*** The left side edges of the box have separated from each corner and the front top panel which serves as the front display when open is partially detached from it's side. While this sounds a bit like the box is damaged, this kind of separation does occur over time and is noted for full disclosure. It is very nice!
What a great collectible for the pharmacist, nurse or doctor in your life!
Researching the drug store's history was fascinating as the same family operated it for over 50 years! The SHANNON family founded and ran this all-inclusive, community-centered, soda fountain and drug store from 1912 until 1964. The years spanning from its 1912 opening through the 1950s appeared to be the drug store's heyday as it served as a popular community gathering place catering to local servicemen and their families for decades and through both World Wars. A wonderful article dated January 4, 2019, found in THE WILSON POST describes this drug store's fascinating history and is a must read!
This brightly colored, hand-painted, metal advertising sign measures 20 inches wide x 14 inches long, an ideal size for easy display in one's collection. Its condition suggests that it may never have been used. Upon close inspection, hand-applied, yellow brush strokes are noted, with the black lettering possibly applied as a stencil. Various small areas of paint loss and minor metal imperfections exist, all commensurate with age. A fabulous piece of Lebanon, Tennessee, advertising and local history!
It is embossed on the base: W.N WALTON PAT SEPT 23, 1862.
The bottle is just about 8 inches tall and is in excellent condition, containing its original contents!
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 dual purpose pharmacy tool of the trade measures about 9 inches high and retains much of its original black japanned surface.
The traveling case's exterior is constructed of leather, and the interior sports 5 compartments packed with a total of 62 medicine bottles. Specifically, there are 32 narrow medicine vials with metal screw-on caps, plus 17 medium-size vials. There are six miscellaneous vials, 5 of which are corked, and one that houses a later-date, glass syringe. Finally, there are 7 apothecary bottles with ground glass stoppers residing in their individual compartments.
Imprinted in gold-gilding on the inside cover flap is the manufacturer name, "H.K. MULFORD COMPANY", which is a precursor to today's Merck. The label cites "7 Highest Awards from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition" (which took place in Chicago) and which dates the case to the 1890's.
This interesting case measures 11 inches L x 5.5 inches W x 6.25 inches H. The case is complete and has modest wear and tear commensurate of a used antique. Some separation of leather parts with stains of age and use reside on the interior and exterior surfaces.
An intriguing piece of early pharmacy and physician care.