Posted 3 years ago
Thus marking my third labeled pontil bottle from America, all being pre U.S. Civil War.
This one is "B. O. & G. C. Wilson's Neuropathic Drops".
B. Osgood Wilson and G. Carlos Wilson began in 1845, according to an 1883 directory. An 1846 magazine welcoming them into the trade has their drug company listed as Wilson's Thomsonian & Botanic Laboratory at 18 Central Street in Boston, Massachusetts.
Some time between 1846 and 1850, they become B. O. & G. C. Wilson's Botanic Druggists and retain the address till they expand some time between 1853 and 1859, as an 1859 newspaper has them listed at 18 & 20 Central Street, which, according to the seller, is now an alley near the financial district of Boston.
Meowman took interest from the pic I sent him after it arrived, and he found their Neuropathic Drops still being made in 1917. This bottle and label date prior to 1859.
The label says that the contents were, "a valuable remedy in Cholera, Cramps & Spasmodic Affections, Colic, Internal Pains, Sprains, Bruises, Scalds & Burns, Wounds, Corns (Chill)blains, Numbness, Paralysis, Rheumatic Affections, Hip-Complaints, Ague, Coughs & Colds, Tic Douloureux, Tooth-Ache, White Swellings. &c &c" as they ran out of room.
The dose was "fifteen to thirty drop in a gill of warm water sweetened." It states that more instructions are found on the circular around the neck (circular, of course, long gone).
A great addition to my new hobby of labeled pre-1860 pontil bottles.