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Paine's Celery Compound

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Dates
1872
1900
circa 1872-1900
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
996001310
Description
Empty tall square amber glass bottle with long cylindrical neck with cork closure style, missing cork; tan paper label on the front and back which list product information as well as a drawing of celery bunch with a child peering out; sides are embossed with text for product name; back label lists …
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Accession Number
996001310
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Empty tall square amber glass bottle with long cylindrical neck with cork closure style, missing cork; tan paper label on the front and back which list product information as well as a drawing of celery bunch with a child peering out; sides are embossed with text for product name; back label lists usage directions in English and German.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M Chiong for his patent medicine collection, from Goodrich, USA, in Oct. 1993.
Maker
Wells, Richardson & Co.
Site Made (City)
Burlington
Site Made (State)
Vermont
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1872
1900
circa 1872-1900
Material
glass: brown
paper: tan
ink: black
Inscriptions
Embossed: "CELERY COMPOUND // PAINE'S"; printed on label: "CELERY // Compound // TRADE MARK REGISTERED // PAINE'S // CELERY // COMPOUND // A TRUE NERVE TONIC, // AN ACTIVE ALTERNATIVE, // A RELIABLE LAXATIVE, // AND DIURETIC // IT RESTORES STRENGTH, // RENEWS VITALITY, // PURIFIES THE BLOOD, // REGULATES THE KIDNEYS, // LIVER AND BOWELS // PRICE $1.00 // PREPARED BY // WELLS, RICHARDSON & CO. // SOLE PROPRIETORS. // BURLINGTON, VT."; back label lists directions in English and German: "DIRECTIONS FOR USING PAINE'S CELERY COMPOUND. // [illeg] Should be graduated to suit the patient, enough being taken to act upon the bowels and keep // [illeg], but lessening the dose if it acts too strongly: for adults, from a teaspoonful to a tablespoonful // [illeg] water four times a day, before eating and at bed time; lessen the dose for children according to age. // [illeg] of Neuralgia and Rheumatism double the above dose for the first two days, and in severe and // obstinate cases, or in any disease complicated with Scrofula, add one-eighth ounce of Iodine of Potassium to // each bottle, then use the medicine faithfully."; repeats in German
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-1 Row D
Temporary Location
On exhibit “Quack: The Exhibit that cures all” at Museum of Health Care, 29 June 2017.
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length: 24.8 cm. x Width: 6.6 cm. x Depth: 6.6 cm.
Condition Remarks
Paper yellowed and minor stains overall; front label is in good condition, except for small loss at top left corner; back label is missing small sections from the upper left and lower right corners, with staining; most printing is legible; bottle without chips, cracks, or wear; missing cork
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"The Great American Medicine Show" by Armstrong & Armstrong, p. 166; "Bottles" by Michael Polak, pp. 19 & 21; "The Snake-Oil Syndrome" by A. Walker Bingham, pp. 32 & 50; "The Golden Age of Quackery" by Stewart H. Holbrook, pp. 52-57; "The Great American Fraud" by Samuel Hopkins Adams, pp. 16 & 17, Hudson's Bay Fall and Winter Catalogue, 1910-1911
Research Facts
Paine's Celery Compound first made in 1872; very popular in the 1890's; bottle likely made between 1860 and 1880.
Contained 21% alcohol, also found in the U.S. (bottle Burlington, VT.), Wells & Richardson bought formula from Mrs. Paine, a Burlington, VT. widow; with natural ingredients of "celery extract, hops and coca" -- combination of cocaine and alcohol; Samuel Hopkins Adams put Paine's in the category of The Bracers (alcoholic stimulants)
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Dr. Baxter's Mandrake Bitters

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Dates
1860
circa 1860
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
996001315
Description
Cylindrical twelve-sided light aqua bottle with long cylindrical neck and tooled double rounded collar at the lip; five front panels are embossed; the bottle contains no medication; there is a piece of cork in the bottom of the bottle
Accession Number
996001315
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- vitamins, health restorers, protectors -- container
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- bitters -- container
MM= Drugs -- container -- bottle
Description
Cylindrical twelve-sided light aqua bottle with long cylindrical neck and tooled double rounded
collar at the lip; five front panels are embossed; the bottle contains no medication; there is
a piece of cork in the bottom of the bottle
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M.Chiong for his patent medicine collection, in Kingston in Aug. 1993
Maker
Lord Bros.
Site Made (City)
Burlington
Site Made (State)
Vermont
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1860
circa 1860
Material
glass: light aqua
Inscriptions
Front panels read, "DR. BAXTERS' // MANDRAKE BITTERS // LORD BROS. // PROPRIETOR'S // BURLINGTON
VT."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-7 Box 2 Row E
Dimension Notes
Length: 17.0 cm. x Diam. : 5.4 cm.
Condition Remarks
There is a small broken bubble chip at the back
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Bottles" by Michael Polak, pp. 19 & 21; "Bottlers and Bottles, Canadian" by O. Urquhart, p. 55;
"Bitters Bottles" by Richard Watson, p. 60; "The Snake-Oil Syndrome" by A. Walker Bingham,
pp. 49-50
Research Facts
Original label claimed the product was an anti-bilious and Jaundice Mandrake Bitters for
strengthening and purifying the blood
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Dates
1860
circa 1860
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
996001333
Description
Rectangular light aqua glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and a lip which is tooled, flanged with a flat top and squared edges; there is also a separate ring lower on the neck near the base; all four panels are recessed; there are printed paper labels attached to the bottle's front and back, w…
Accession Number
996001333
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Rectangular light aqua glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and a lip which is tooled, flanged with a flat top and squared edges; there is also a separate ring lower on the neck near the base; all four panels are recessed; there are printed paper labels attached to the bottle's front and back, which list product information; the bottle contains a very small amount of Neurotic Oil which is sealed in with a cork in the neck; bottle bottom has embossed lettering.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M.Chiong for his patent medicine collection, from Goodrich, USA in Oct.1993.
Maker
Neurotic Oil Company
Site Made (City)
Burlington
Site Made (State)
Vermont
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1860
circa 1860
Date Remarks
Bottle likely made between 1860 and 1880
Material
glass: light aqua
paper: light beige
cork: beige
Inscriptions
Label reads, "A HOUSEHOLD // REMEDY // For Internal and // External use // NEUROTIC // OIL // Put up by the // NEUROTIC OIL // COMPANY. // Burlington, Vt."; back label reads, "DIRECTIONS // FOR INTERNAL // USE // [listed] // FOR EXTERNAL // USE // [listed]" Bottle bottom embossed, "W.T. & CO. // 8 // U.S.A."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-6 Box 2 Row C
Dimension Notes
Length: 12.3 cm. x Width: 4.4 cm. x Depth: 2.4 cm.
Condition Remarks
The bottle has no chips, cracks or wear; both labels are complete, undamaged and fully legible; the cork is complete, shows only minor wear and seals the remaining liquid inside the bottle
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Bottles" by Michael Polak, pp. 19 & 21
Exhibit History
Bracken Library - Chiong exhibit - May 13 1997
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Cholera Preventive

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Dates
1860
circa 1860
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Infectious Diseases
Accession Number
996001321
Description
Twelve-sided cylindrical light green glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and a top which is tooled, flanged with a flat top and squared edges; there is a printed paper label around seven of the panels, which lists product information; the bottle contains medication residue and has a cork in the…
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Accession Number
996001321
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Infectious Diseases
MeSH Heading
Cholera -- prevention and control
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Twelve-sided cylindrical light green glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and a top which is tooled, flanged with a flat top and squared edges; there is a printed paper label around seven of the panels, which lists product information; the bottle contains medication residue and has a cork in the neck.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M.Chiong for his patent medicine collection, from Scott Jordan (Ottawa), in Sept.1993.
Maker
E. W. Burritt
Site Made (City)
Burlington
Site Made (State)
Vermont
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1860
circa 1860
Material
glass: light green
cork: beige
paper: off-white
Inscriptions
Label reads, "CHOLERA // PREVENTIVE // Uses listed // DOSE" (listed) "Prepared and sold by // E. W. BURRITT // APOTHECARY and DRUGGIST, // Burlington, Vermont"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-6 Box 2 Row B
Dimension Notes
Length: 21.5 cm. x Diam. : 3.4 cm.
Condition Remarks
Bottle has a small chip on the right side of the lip; #2: bottle contains dried medication residue; cork in bottle shows some damage/loss to its outer edges; paper label on bottle shows discolouration and 8 small areas of paper loss; label is legible.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Bottles" by Michael Polak, pp. 19 & 21
Exhibit History
On exhibit: Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, Aug. 6, 2003-15 Nov. 2010.
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