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."
Measuring about 3.5 inches long, this case most likely contained medicines to help with treating chest pain. The pills were easy to dissolve in water, then filled into the syringe and quickly injected.
The case appears to be made of aluminum and opens perfectly (like a vintage cigarette lighter). The condition is very good with some scuffs, mostly on the top.
The 2.5cc size glass and chrome plated metal syringe is in very good condition, measures about 3 inches long, and sports a barrel that withdraws smoothly.
The six, EMPTY vials each have complete labels and corks and are in good condition. Three are from Eli Lilly, each labeled NITROGLYCERIN. The three others are from SHARPE AND DOHME and are labeled GLYCERYLIS NITRAS. There are no needles.
A very nice, 1920's piece of pharmacy and medical history.
The box measures 7.5 inches high and is in very good condition with only the usual scuffs, minor crimps and wear from age. The glass nebulizer and parts are complete and appear unused. The orange bulb is flexible and can be squeezed but the brown hose is brittle where it attaches to bulb. The only issue is that the small black cap that fits over the tiny cork has separated from the cork.
Nebulizers such as these were used to provide inhaled medicinals primarily for respiratory ailments.
A neat device for your collection.
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.
The machine was made by The J. M. Grosvenor Co., Boston, and was the most widely used cachet preparation device in American pharmacies.
The condition of this wonderful apothecary tool of the trade is very good, complete with the warm, rich patina one would expect of an antique of this age including the usual scratches, marks and unobtrusive dings and tarnish. The metal parts appear to be nickel plated, and the case is of a hard wood construction. The metal KONSEAL apparatus, when open, measures approximately 18”L x 10”W x 2” H. Note that there is interior and exterior age damage in the center of the wooden case that includes a hairline split in the center. The photos should help better identify this description.
The accessories appear to be complete when compared to the images seen in the directions that is glued to the inside case and my reference text. There are 3 packets with paper directions for patient use.
The interior divider has some minor separation of joints that does not distract from this set.
A must addition for any pharmacy/apothecary collection.
Measuring just 3.5 inches tall, both the bottle and label are in very nice condition. Ready to enhance your collection.
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!
Pill machines were designed to enhance the productivity of the early pharmacist, and this design was, indeed, popular for many, many years. This pill machine is designed with 24 tubes for medicine-making.
The condition is very good, sporting a nice patina commensurate with its age and use. It is constructed of walnut and embellished with brass edge guards as well as brass grooved molds. The paddle has a number of early small dings and a small, faint hairline split on the top edge. The base measures approximately 12" L x 7" W x 1.75" H including the footed base. The paddle is 16.5"L x 3"W.
An apothecary classic, ready for your collection.
Decorative stock bottles such as this beauty 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 in pharmacy windows to attract passers-by.
This 8.5 inch, amber, wide-mouth example reveals ground glass construction and dates to the 1920's era.
This empty bottle is in excellent condition 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 label appears silver in the photos, it is more of a GOLD-toned foil.
A difficult to find bottle with a label in this very nice condition.
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!
The surface sports a vintage patina with traces of rust still present. This appealing cork press measures 9.25ï¿½ long and is untouched original ï¿½as foundï¿½ undamaged condition.
One of the hardest to find of the vintage figural cork presses.
These corked cuties date from the early 1900s to 1920s, and all but one retain their tiny corks.
Some vials, such as that containing STRYCHNINE, are marked "POISON" on their paper labels.
Interestingly, there is one VETERINARY vial labeled ARECOLINE HYDROBROMIDE POISON by Mulford.
The diminutive vials measure from 2 inches long to 3 inches and are all in good condition. Imperfections noted: one vial has a tiny chip to the mouth of the tube and another vial has a minor crack near the cork.
Interesting grouping to add to your collection!
The tins sport an early and original, hand-painted, mustard-colored surface patina. The five smaller containers measure approximately 7 inches high x 4 inches wide x 5 inches deep (front to back including the distinctive front floral embellishment). The one large container measures about 8 inches high x 5 inches wide x 5 inches deep.
Structurally, the canisters are very solidly crafted containers, each with a slanted, well-fitting, hinged cover that snaps into place when closed. There are unobtrusive dings, and the finish shows modest wear and paint loss commensurate with a 19th century, well-loved and well-used, dispensary antique.
The base, ground glass stopper, and stunning gold gilt label make this bottle very desirable!
The condition of this 8 inch tall bottle is excellent. The glass label is undamaged with mild unobtrusive paint flecking around the edge. The ground glass stopper is fine and fits perfectly. As seen in the photos, the label appears very nice visually, despite what I would consider minimal manufacturers imperfections as noted. The bottle sports a few tin air bubbles, a 1/2 inch surface bubble on the top back and mild glass imperfection on the lower back of bottle. The base is boldly embossed with the following: "W N WALTON PATd SEP 23 1862".
An early bottle that displays beautifully!
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!
This museum quality kit contains directions, antitoxin vial, needle, and injector components--- including a perfect wooden box. The colorful label is complete, torn in places with stains and printed in English and Spanish.
The scarce kit measures approximately 4"W x 1.75"H x 1.25"D and is dated JULY 11, 1941.
The Smithsonian Institute has detailed and fascinating information on the history of diphtheria on their website and is a highly recommended search.
Ready to be the centerpiece of your collection!
Each vial measures approximately 1.5 inches in length including the cork. The vials are nestled in the leather case, and each vial sports a small paper label. The fitted case measures 10.5" long x 2" wide x 3.5" high and shows wear commensurate with age and use. Modest wear and loss to the flap closure is noted with general wear and mild loss of material.
A wonderful representation of late 19th century homeopathic medicine!
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!