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MORE LUTTEDS S.P. COUGH DROPS
My fellow collector and neighbor Don Self came across a
cornflower blue cabin figural counter top container embossed on
both sides of the roof which also serves as the cover "Lutteds /
S.P. Cough / Drops. The roofline slopes to the center chimney
some, and there are "straw" marks particularly on the
floor like one sees in depression glass. It measures 67/8
inches tall, 87/8 inches long and 47/8
I wrote about my example in cobalt blue with a straighter roof line in Medicine Chest, January, 1997. It also has "straw" marks and measures 7 inches tall, 85/8 inches long and 4 3/4 inches wide. The door and windows on mine measure 21/8 inches tall and 13/8 inches wide. They measure 21/8 by 11/2 inches, door, and 21/8 by 11/4 inches, windows, on Dons.
Clear, probably and original
The Harmer Rooke Galleries, 3 East 57th
St., New York City, listed and pictured a clear example with some
roof line slope to the center, 7 inches tall, 9 inches long and 5
3/4 inches wide in their Absentee Auction Number 50 Catalog,
December 23, 1992. They considered the piece to be rare with an
estimated value of $500.00. I do not know what it sold for, but
at that price they must have considered it to be an original.
James Lutted established J. Lutted and Company in 1876, in Buffalo, N.Y., at 301 Main St. By 1886, the business had moved to larger facilities at Nos. 27 and 29 Elliott St. They sold candies, foreign fruits, show cases and "J.L." and "Uncle Sam" Cough Drops as specialties. S.P. may have been an abbreviation for specialty product. There are at least nine different trade cards advertising Lutteds Cough Drops or Lutteds S.P. Cough Drops.
|Dr. Cannons - cobalt blue.||Don Self - cornflower blue|
The colors of the glass cabin containers are
clear, pink, straw colored and blue. I asked Jack Stecher of
Rochester, N.Y. about Lutteds and he conferred with Burt
Spiller and Ken Cornell. They believe that any color other than
clear is a reproduction. Jim Hagenbuch believes that there are
clear reproductions as well.
Another help if the Harmer Rooke example is an original, is that the width is significantly greater than our two blues.
Don and I still like our pieces, and they didnt cost $500.00.....
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