The medicinal and related bottles category is probably the largest and most diverse group within the museum. The first use of a product or other proprietary embossing on any bottle bodies was on medicine bottles and likely began in England about 1750 with the small Turlington Balsam of Life bottles. The first recorded use of molded proprietary embossing on an American-made bottle body was around 1809 on a Dr. Robertson’s Family Medicine bottle. This category is primarily based on age, as reflected by the bottles exhibiting the manufacturing-related features typical of bottles made in the U.S. up to and through the American Civil War.
Let’s go into the gallery. Click on a bottle below!