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antiquebottles THEMEDICINE CHEST --- BY DR. RICHARD CANNON
CostasRadical Cure Bottles.
Raphael B. Da Costa is first listed in the 1855 Philadelphiadirectory as the manufacturer of West Indian Tooth Wash whichcame in a blowpipe pontiled aqua rectangular bottle 3 3/4 inchestall, embossed R.B. Da Costa (in an arch) Philada / West Indian// // Tooth Wash. The address was 459 Vine St. He moved in 1859to 805 S. 5th St., and again in 1861 to 1722 S. 5th St. Theaddress in 1869 changed to 1724 5th. In 1870 he changed his namefrom Raphael to Robert, and moved to 423 Canal in 1874. Da Costaplaced other medicinal brands on the market including his RadicalCure. It is believed that if he eventually gave sole agency ofhis brands to Johnson, Holloway & Co. of Philadelphia, alarge wholesale drug firm that came to control HooflandsGerman Bitters and a number of other top name brand medicines.Im not sure where Dr. Morris and Morris and Heritage fitinto the picture.
Bill Agee didnt list Da Costas Radical Cure until hissecond book, and the larger size is among the bottles pictured onthe front cover.
Samuel T.W. Sanford, a New York City physician, began selling theInvigorator in the mid-1840s, and first advertised it asSanfords Liver Remedy. I have a blowpipe pontiled aquarectangular bottle 6 1/8 inches tall, embossed Dr. Sanfords/ Invigorator // Sanford & Co. // // Proprietors, N.Y. JimHolst also lists bpp. pontiled variants embossed Dr.Sanfords / Invigorator / Or / Liver Remedy // New York,aqua and rarely green,
Dr. SanfordsInvigorator, blow pipe pontil.
Sanfords Radical Cure was for "catarrh, ringing noisesin the head, deafness, bleeding of the lungs etc."
The cobalt color of this cure bottle makes it special. Othercobalt cures known to me are: Bennets Magic Cure,Hamiltons, pontiled from the Baltimore area, Dr. J.B.Henions Sure Cure For Malaria, Hillemanns AmericanChicken Cholera Cure, Dr. J.A. Shermans Rupture CurativeCompound, Dr. H.A. Strubles Kidney Cure and Wynkoop &Cos Tonic Mixture Warranted To Cure Fever & Ague.....
1. Agee, B.:Collecting The Cures, 1969;
Collecting All Cures, 1973.
2. American College Dictionary, 1963.
3. Holst, J.:Pontiled Medicine Price Guide, 1998.
4. Odell, J.:Indian Bottles And Brands, 1977.
5. Wilson, B. and B.:Nineteenth Century Medicine
In Glass, 1971.
6. Wolf, J.:My Pick Of The Cures, Antique Bottle And
Glass Collector, Feb., 1987.
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