Share your favorites on Show & Tell

Round bottom Pill Bottle w/Pills

In Bottles > Medicine Bottles > Show & Tell.
betweenthelens's loves575 of 1685Osborne China Gold Encrusted Porcelain Two Handle Footed Bowl with Peacock and Fruit Design Calculator Corporation Adding Machine
Love it
Like it

yougottahavestuffyougottahavestuff loves this.
hunterqleehunterqlee loves this.
Nizam1525Nizam1525 loves this.
officialfuelofficialfuel loves this.
betweenthelensbetweenthelens loves this.
CaperkidCaperkid loves this.
bottle-budbottle-bud loves this.
mikelv85mikelv85 loves this.
AnnaBAnnaB loves this.
fortapachefortapache loves this.
kyratangokyratango loves this.
jscott0363jscott0363 loves this.
pw-collectorpw-collector loves this.
See 11 more
Add to collection

    Please create an account, or Log in here

    If you don't have an account, create one here.

    Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate

    Posted 4 years ago

    (38 items)

    I found this round bottom pill bottle in a barn in Hancock, NH about 40 years ago. It still has 16 pills in it. The label says the pills cure everything from bad breath to a sore throat and sore mouth. Bottom reads Geo. L. Forbush, Apothecary, Peterborough, NH. I haven't located information on the apothecary so was wondering if anyone here knows when this type bottle may have been made? The cap appears to be tin and is threaded screw on type cap.

    Unsolved Mystery

    Help us close this case. Add your knowledge below.

    Medicine Bottles
    See all
    Vintage Medicine Hand Crafted Bottle,  Pelikan's w/Heroin for Lungs Empty
    Vintage Medicine Hand Crafted Bottl...
    Vintage Medicine Hand Crafted Bottle, Cocaine,  Park Davis 2 1/2"-3"(Copy)
    Vintage Medicine Hand Crafted Bottl...
    RARE & EARLY - Dr. Kilmer's Indian Cough Cure Consumption Oil w/ Original Label
    RARE & EARLY - Dr. Kilmer's Ind...
    Vintage Medicine Hand Crafted Bottle,  Pelikan's w/Heroin for Lungs Empty
    Vintage Medicine Hand Crafted Bottl...
    See all


    1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 4 years ago
      Any input, is appreciated.
    2. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      If the seam on the sides of the bottles continues all the way to the top, it's probably newer than 1910. This style of pill bottle, and this type of threaded cap, is usually an older style (mostly seen in the 1890s-1910 period). If the seams stop before the top, then it's probably older than 1910.
    3. Kristi1972 Kristi1972, 2 years ago
      I cursorily researched George L. Forbush. He applied for patents for headache pills and the like, in the late 1890’s. I would guess, therefore, that this bottle dates to before 1910. Research the man of Peterborough, NH to get more data. I think I barely scratched the surface on him.
    4. TallCakes TallCakes, 2 years ago
      Chlorate of Potash tablets were 'dispensed' by different companied back in the day for sore throat, etc.
    5. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
      Thanks to all for the comments and loves. I lived in Peterborough area for years and only the very oldest of the old remembered this apothecary. I also found a small jar with a cork stopper that was never opened and was almost like new. It was a jar of Vaseline. It was a clear glass jar and the Vaseline had turned orange with age. The cork stopper was about an inch and a half in diameter and so dried out I didn't fuss with it. A few years ago someone wanted it bad enough to make me an offer I couldn't refuse.

    Want to post a comment?

    Create an account or login in order to post a comment.