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    Posted 3 years ago

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    According to the newspaper article, with the same image engraved on the bottle's label, this was a wildly popular product. The article is actually a couple sections spliced together by me for a general view (as it went on and on) on their product, plus a partial section for another CW member to see that fire insurance did exist 'back in the day'.

    Anyway, I found references to this product in only 1853 and 1854. The Physician's Sure Relief, or Universal Pain Killer. Likely just a bottle of opium. LOL.

    Open pontil on bottom over snap-case seam, like last pontiled bottle I showed. This is my smallest pontiled bottle with label still attached. See modern Bic pen-cap for comparison (pic 3).

    An adorable addition, with pictorial of a bedridden lady reaching out for the Sure Relief as all other products had failed her!

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    1. elanski elanski, 3 years ago
      Great to still have the labels
    2. SpiritBear, 3 years ago
      Thank you, elanski. Labeled pre-1920 bottles are my interest. This grouping is all 1840s/1850s.
    3. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 3 years ago
      These are quite amazing to still have their paper labels for nearly two centuries!
      Your are right, probably held Laudanum, which, " back im the day" you just walked into a general store and picked one up, or two or three...
      Really tho, these bottles are marvelous!
    4. SpiritBear, 3 years ago
      Ms. Crystal Ship, I agree. And in my care they will have them on for two centuries. My labeled bottles are all in a cupboard, to protect from light and air-chemical damage (purifier and desiccants in behind them), but these are also in their own glass box that seals against outside humidity (with desiccants) so they have a very controlled and stable environment. Any loose bits are re-adhered with acid-free rubber cement.
      There was a almost mint-condition Laudanum bottle from the same era I bid on, but I saw another one online and questioned if a stash of very old labels were found (the company was around in this time and later with a few surviving examples from them) and added to bottles in recent times, or if the store harboured them for 150 years. So, I let the bottle go to the highest bidder though it sold for just under normal value.
    5. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 3 years ago
      Ah, very smart thinking on your part, when something looks too good to be true... Question,question, question,
      Also to keep your treaures safe like you do. I had a neighbor up the canyon from me, wonderful old man in his eighties, who had collections of things that would blow you away. But nothing was taken care of, dirt and grime, cigarette and cigar smoke. Sigh!
    6. SpiritBear, 3 years ago
      I like to look into things. I'm one of those people who want unique, one-of-a-kind things. When I find out there's two of something, my excitement diminishes (because if you can find another online, there's a good chance there're more not online).
      I'm all about maintaining and preserving. Just yesterday I was lathering up with leather lotion some old skates I'm gonna try this year. Today I was buffing rust out of a enameled table for my mom. Can't wait till she see's it! All set-up, clean, and with placements styled for the '30s.
    7. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 3 years ago
      Preserving is an admiral task these days, many don't take the time.
      Such is the case of my dear neighbor, but then his age ...
      I went into his library and I could barely find the floor. Books in selves to the ceiling. Treasures everywhere. I could of gotten lost for a month in there.
      What a good son, I'm sure Mom will be thrilled!
    8. SpiritBear, 3 years ago
      Take time today so we'll have something tomorrow.
      Sounds like the basement library (probably not, LOL). Not enough shelves! I hope this winter to organise again, though. It's amazing how stuff just seems to go wherever it pleases. LOL.
      She loved it. I'll post it sometime this week.

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