Posted 4 years ago
Last Tuesday I looked up auctions and estate sales in my area. I seen there was one starting at 6pm that evening, leaving me an hour and 1/2 to shower and drive across town....I was a few minutes late, but so where they. Anyway, after quickly packing and loading all my junk, this bottle ended up rolling around on the back floorboard of my truck till about two hours ago. So now that I researched it, I couldn't wait to show all my fellow collectors! I found where a college posted some information about the maker of this peppermint oil bottle and I'm going to share with you. I think you will find this interesting. But it leaves me wondering what the heck I'm gonna do with this? I don't need to start collecting anything else!!!
This bottle measures approximately 9" tall x 3" wide.
Hiram G. Hotchkiss was born in Oneida County, New York, on June 19, 1810. His father, Leman Hotchkiss, moved the family to Phelps, Ontario County, New York, in 1811 and became the pioneer merchant of that region. Upon his death, Hiram and his brother Leman managed the business. After expanding their milling operation, Hiram began to develop an essential oil industry. Hiram moved to Lyons, New York, in 1843, where he began cultivating peppermint, and gradually gained control over the farm supply of mint and over the oil market. Leman remained in Phelps, and carried on his own oil business. Both had general stores, dealt in wheat, flour and produce, and established banks in their respective towns. Hiram became a powerful businessman, controlling prices of western peppermint crops and successfully marketing his product in the United States and Europe. His essential oils garnered many awards, including first prize medals at world's fairs and exhibitions held in England, Germany, America, France and Austria. Hiram Hotchkiss died in 1898, and his sons Calvin and Hiram Jr., took over the business.
Sorry about all the grime but I don't want to lose any more of the label..lol