AEsculap bottle

AEsculap bottle

Light green glass mineral water bottle for the water called ‘AEsculap, from a spring in Budapest. Part of the label, bearing the name, remains. T.D. Luke and N.H. Forbes, in their manual ‘Natural Therapy’ (Bristol, 1913), p. 284 list this brand under...
Hunyadi Janos bottle

Hunyadi Janos bottle

Dark green glass bottle for mineral water. The brand, called ‘Hunyadi Janos’ after a medieval Hungarian hero, was marketed by Andreas Saxlehner of Budapest as an ‘aperient water’, recommended for combating constipation. The spring was near...
Breidenbach’s cherry paste

Breidenbach’s cherry paste

Pot lid for Breidenbach’s cherry paste (toothpaste), for the teeth and gums. Breidenbach & Co describe themselves as Perfumers and Distillers of Wood Violet to Her Majesty the Queen. Their address is given as Bond St, London. The pot lid was excavated in two...
Cherry toothpaste pot lid

Cherry toothpaste pot lid

John Gosnell & Co’s Cherry Toothpaste, claiming royal patronage and showing the portrait of the young Victoria. Polychrome pot lid.
Sequah Prairie Flower bottle

Sequah Prairie Flower bottle

The idea of selling a quack remedy based on a Native American cure was the brainchild of William Henry Hartley, the original ‘Sequah’. Hartley, who claimed to have come upon the cure in his travels in frontierland, marketed it as a healing tonic prepared...
Early Burroughs Wellcome bottle

Early Burroughs Wellcome bottle

Clear glass pills bottle for the ‘Tabloid’ range, embossed with a monogram superimposing the letters B W Co, and the registration number, Rd 12029, dating the registration of the patent to 1884/5. External screw-thread with ground glass on top.
Boot’s castor oil bottle

Boot’s castor oil bottle

Aqua glass flat bottle with long neck and burst-off lip. The remains of the label say ‘Cold Drawn Castor Oil’, then below, ‘…two tablespoonfuls’, and on the next line also ‘…two tablespoonfuls’. Then, at the bottom,...
Handle and toothbrushes

Handle and toothbrushes

Bone items: a knife handle and two toothbrushes. One bears the name of the local maker G. Bristow, Yarmouth. The other is an import, impressed with the words ‘Extra Fine, Paris’ (this referring to the bristles).
Gout cure

Gout cure

Branded medicine: light-blue glass bottle with wide neck, embossed ‘Bishop’s Granular Citrate of Lithia, For Gout [twice, down two corner panels]’. Bishop’s purveyed various cures, including Granular Citrate of Caffeine (for headaches),...
Boot’s Emulsion bottle

Boot’s Emulsion bottle

A bottle for Boot’s Emulsion. The shape of the bottle and lettering are based on those of a popular brand of the time, ‘Scott’s Emulsion’, with which this own-brand product was competing. Boot’s had opened their first store in this...
Toothbrush and toothpaste pot lid

Toothbrush and toothpaste pot lid

Wavy-grip left-handed bone toothbrush (no markings) and a lid for a pot of Wood’s Areca Nut toothpaste, price 6d. This is the most commonly found brand of toothpaste in rubbish dumps of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Perfume bottle

Perfume bottle

Clear glass bottle with crown-shaped moulded stopper, embossed ‘The Crown Perfumery Company, London’, with traces of red label on each side, bearing details of the same.
German Eau de Cologne bottle

German Eau de Cologne bottle

Eau de Cologne bottle, from the firm of Johann Maria Farina, who founded a perfume works in the 18th century opposite Julich’s platz in Cologne. This bottle is for his No. 4. Clear glass.
Bone Toothbrushes

Bone Toothbrushes

Two bone toothbrushes. One is incised ‘Extra Fine Paris’ (referring to the quality of the bristles). The other is incised G. Bristow, Yarmouth. Kelly’s Directory for Norfolk, 1900, lists George Bristow, ‘hair dresser and sub-post office, 154...
Medicine bottles

Medicine bottles

Two unembossed medicine bottles, the one on the right retaining its hand-written label and remnants of brown contents.
Owbridge’s Lung Tonic

Owbridge’s Lung Tonic

Bluish smaller size for ‘Owbridge’s/ Lung Tonic/ Hull’ (embossed in panels). For coughs, colds, chest complaints etc.