This is a fabulous white ceramic 1950s pharmacy drug store display with decorative gold gilt embellishments. The mortar measures 7 inches tall and the solid pestle is 8.5 inches long.
The condition is near excellent with no damage, cracks or dings.
An outstanding display that will compliment any pharmacy collection.
This wonderful, 1940-1950s vintage hand made and painted mortar and pestle display once adorned the interior of a Connecticut pharmacy. The display is decorated in red with painted bronze details for added flair.
Measures about 7 high” x 4.5” wide and is in very nice condition! Some unobtrusive surface paint loss and scuffing including a few tiny nail holes are apparent but do not distract from their visual appeal!
This glass SPECIAL CONSULTATION sign once hung near the entryway of the Medical department and is ready for your collection!
The sign measures 13 inches long x 3 inches high and is of thick, heavy, plate glass construction. The sign sports gold-toned, applied lettering and is finished off in black paint such as in the style seen in reverse-painted glass objects. There is modest paint loss and lifting which is commensurate with older painted glass.
Next there are 4 Humphreys and the earliest nostrums are the ones numbered "8" and "31" dating to the 1920s. The boxes have paper labels covering them, and include a corked glass vial and paper insert. The Humphreys labeled "3" and "30" date to the 1940, are unopened and contain either a glass or plastic vial. They measure 3 inches.
This popular and very recognizable, pharmacy collectible is constructed of a cobalt blue glass base with an aluminum stand that sports an old bottle of Bromo Seltzer retaining a label dating to 1987. The stand measures just over 15 inches high including the bottle.
The condition is commensurate with a used pharmacy device. The base shows wear with various scratches, and the metal is tarnished. The dispenser mechanism rotates and functions properly. The piece was in storage for many years and retains its original, "as-found" patina. A very nice find!
The Bromo Seltzer product takes its name from a component of the original formula, sodium bromide. Bromides are a class of tranquilizers that were withdrawn from the U.S. market in 1975 due to their toxicity. Their sedative effect probably accounted for Bromo-Seltzer's vast popularity back in the day as THE go-to remedy for hangovers!
First there is the scarce 8.5 inch example labeled "BROWN'S YORKAS COMPOUND", Lyme, NH. This choice bottle sports a worn and stained label packed with details to cure pulmonary ailments, conumption, dropsy and general debility. No damage though various interior and one exterior air bubbles noted.
Next is an embossed classic example "DR KILMER'S INDIAN COUGH CURE CONSUMPTION BINGHAMPTON NY USA" on the front. Some light interior staining and various tiny interior bubbles.
There is a handsome 5.5 inch example that is embossed on the front panel "PECTAKOS FOR COUGH AND BRONCHITIS". There is light interior staining and various tiny manufacturing bubbles noted.
Next, a charming 4.25 inch example embossed on the side panels "Dy SETH ARNOLD'S" and "COUGH KILLER". The bottle has slight interior staining a few large bubbles and various tiny bubbles formed during manufacturing.
Finally a cute 5 inch example embossed "HULL OW BRIDGES LUNG TONIC. No damage though a few large air bubbles and various tiny manufacturing bubbles.
A desirable grouping!
The case measures 5.5" L x 5' W x 3" H. Hard to find microscope / laboratory tool of the trade.
The Spencer Lens Company was founded in 1895, but was actually a continuation of the earlier business originally established by Herbert Spencer in the 1840s.
The chrome surfaced top front name plate reads: "The MICROMETER Patented Mar. 22 - 1898 / Jul. 21 - 1903. The Dodge Scale Co. 11th Ave. & 20th St. New York."
This fancy balance scale utilizes a novel-designed, weighted beam that turns a moveable weight resulting in great accuracy.
The attractive, liquid, bubble level is fully functional. The plated pan measures 9 inches in diameter. The chrome-plated base measures 12.75 inches L x 5.5 inches W. The height of the scale measures 9.75 inches high with the pan in place.
Overall, the condition notes minimal surface rust and chrome loss mostly to the scale mechanism. The marble is undamaged, with mild rust stain and minor surface scuffs. There are some minimal, unobtrusive areas of loose or peeling chrome. Condition and patina are commensurate with age and use of an antique apothecary scale.
The fusion of ingenuity of design and function combined with quality and accuracy sets this scale apart from its contemporaries and makes it a perfect, present-day apothecary collectible.
Still works perfectly!
*****SHIPPING WEIGHT IS 20 POUNDS*****
This diminutive example measures 3.5 inches high with the cork. The bottle is fine and the labels are mildly stained. A small lower left portion missing on the front label adds to the character.
Dovers Powder used for gout and colds was a preparation of opium and ipecacuanha.
The bottle sports a ground glass stopper and 2 labels. The front label is mildly stained and is complete. The small back label is perfect. Considering that stock bottles such as this example were designed for refilling the condition remains very good.
Not to be missed
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 of 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 medical establishment there 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 lovely adjustable stand proudly measures 17 inches high and can be disassembled for storage and transport. The base measures 9 inches long x 4.25 inches wide and has a beveled edge.
The condition of the stand and screw mechanism are in very good condition with stains and honorable wear commensurate with age and use of an antique.
*****PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FUNNEL IS NOT PART OF THE STAND OR SALE*****
The sign measures 14 inches wide x 10 inches high, and is quite bright and visually appealing.
This painted metal sign remains in fine condition with minor surface scratching, tiny areas of paint loss and tiny areas of superficial rusting, all as noted in photos.
First, is the very visually-appealing, Dr. Daniels "COLIC DROPS" medicine that contains 2 corked bottles housed in an interesting, graphically-detailed box. The box measures 4.5" x 3" x 1" and is in fair condition dating to 1906. The corked bottles are in fine condition and are embossed drops #1 and #2.
The second bottle is aqua colored and embossed H.H.H HORSE MEDICINE D.D.T. 1868 and measures 8.25" tall. There various small closed air bubbles, two tiny lip imperfections and a surface scratch on the back.
The third bottle is embossed "PRATTS VETERINARY LINIMENT PRATT FOOD CO PHILA USA" and measures 5.5" h x 2"W. This aqua colored bottle is embossed 485 on the bottom, has numerous tiny, enclosed, air bubbles, mild faint interior staining and six exterior circular stains on the neck. There is no damage to the bottle, and it displays well.
Upon opening the top lid, one finds 12 very special, unused, clear glass vials in near perfect condition, retaining their diminutive labels.
The visually-graphic box is in good condition with some separation to the edge of the cardboard box. Two small pieces of cardboard material used to secure vials in box are missing with a small piece of cotton inserted and used as a replacement for the missing sections.
For perspective, this Scillaren box measures 3.5"W x 2.5"H x 1.4"D. and the tiny vials are approximately 1 inch tall.
Difficult to find, and RARELY found in complete condition.
This 8.5 inch amber example has ground glass construction and dates to the 1920 - 1930 era.
The empty bottle condition is excellent with no damage. The ground glass stopper cannot be removed and appears perfect. The label shows light wear and staining commensurate with age and use. Although the photos of the label appears silver, it is more of a GOLD toned foil.
Hard to find with labels in this very nice condition.
This wonderful, all-original pair of matching, 19th century, Whital Tatum, hanging, egg-shaped Apothecary show globes each measure approximately 33 inches from top of chain to bottom of fixture. The 3 1/2 gallon size globes have a patent date embossed inside the brass-plated crown on top: "June 16, 1895".
Both blown-glass globes retain their original brass chains and hooks and are in very good condition with the expected, minor, age-related scratches of an antique glass globe. There are no cracks, and the globes hold water just fine! The interior of the glass globes have a mild hazy appearance, notably towards the upper third of glass. The haziness disappears when the globes are filled with colored water.
The iron supporting frames sport brass plating and are most decorative. There is the expected, age-related, modest loss and tarnishing to the brass features with some metal pitting of the interior and top edge of globe hangers noted.
These globes originally hung in the Yalowich Pharmacy in Rochester, New York. They display beautifully and will add the "WOW" factor to any apothecary collection.