Hat polish and hair tonic bottles

Hat polish and hair tonic bottles

Left, bottle embossed down both side panels ‘Argonaut Reg.’, for hat polish. Right, bottle embossed down side panels ‘Floraline’/ ‘London’, corked with metal drizzler – a hair tonic product?
Russian Bear’s Grease Pot Lid

Russian Bear’s Grease Pot Lid

Transfer-printed pot lid, showing a single angry bear: ‘Genuine Russian Bear’s Grease – For Beautifying and Nourishing the Hair’ Exact provenance uncertain – north of England, 1880s site
Russian Bear’s Grease Pot Lid

Russian Bear’s Grease Pot Lid

Pot lid with printed design of bears against a mountainous backdrop: ‘Genuine Russian Bears’ Grease – for Increasing the Growth of Hair’. From an 1880s tip in Yorkshire.
Bear’s Grease Pot Lid

Bear’s Grease Pot Lid

Large (4 shillings) size pot lid for James Atkinson’s Bear’s Grease – a pomade for the hair. Dug from a dump of c. 1885 in Rugby, Warwickshire. Genuine bear’s grease was imported from Russia.
Dandruff Pomade Pot Lid

Dandruff Pomade Pot Lid

Pot Lid for Woods ‘Dandruff Pomade, to be rubbed into roots of hair’. Price 1 shilling. Transfer-printed black and white design with text in multiple fonts. Found in an ash dump of the 1870s in Leicestershire.
Hair Restorer Bottle

Hair Restorer Bottle

Cobalt blue bottle, embossed ‘The Mexican Hair Renewer’ down the narrow sides. The curved front and back bore the labels. Discarded in London and dumped in Essex.
Anzora Hair Gel Bottle

Anzora Hair Gel Bottle

Clear glass hand-finished bottle from the Anzora Perfumery Co., London. For setting the hair. Found in a bucket with bottles including Sloan’s Liniment, Ad-le-Burg mineral water, and a Codd from┬áJ. F. Harrington.