Antique bottles dug up on a Victorian Farm

Got the bottle

While renovating our property, we have dug up a lot of ‘treasure’, junk and rubbish. Mentioned in my previous article were the hand pumps , but probably the most fragile and delicate has been antique bottles.

Antique bottle with measures on the side (graduations are marked in teaspoons)
Antique bottle with measures on the side

I think it is the age of the bottles, and that they were not mass produced by mechanised processes, that makes them unique.

The bottles were all blown into moulds and if you look closely, you can see the imperfections and bubbles in the glass.

MRS WIINSLOW’S SOOTHING SYRUP CURTIS & PERKINS PROPRIETORS
MRS WIINSLOW’S SOOTHING SYRUP CURTIS & PERKINS PROPRIETORS

A lovely bottle with the markings:

MRS WIINSLOW’S
SOOTHING SYRUP
CURTIS & PERKINS
PROPRIETORS

There is a nice little article on this medicine bottle here …., however, it does have a bit of a horrible history, and the soothing syrup became known as the ‘Baby Killer’!

This bottle, is for another quack medicine, which seemed to treat many conditions:

SAMPLE BOTTLE DR.KILMER’S SWAMP ROOT KIDNEY CURE LONDON.E.C
SAMPLE BOTTLE DR.KILMER’S SWAMP ROOT KIDNEY CURE LONDON.E.C

SAMPLE BOTTLE
DR.KILMER’S
SWAMP ROOT
KIDNEY CURE
LONDON.E.C

This little bottle seems to be out there on the internet and eBay but I found this article, which is quite nice. Click here to read it……

What is ‘Swamp Root’? What is a ‘Kidney Cure’?

WHEELER  LONDON  TRADE MARK SOFT WHITE HANDS
WHEELER LONDON TRADE MARK SOFT WHITE HANDS

WHEELER 
LONDON 
TRADE MARK
SOFT WHITE HANDS

This is quite a quaint stumpy little jar or bottle. The bottle neck is big enough to get your finger in. From what I can see, at one time, it had a lovely glass stopper. The bottle contained a hand creme.

Tom Good

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Read my blog about buying a Victorian farm house in Devon, England. What started as a dream of self sufficiency, is now a midlife reality.

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