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MORELUTTED’S S.P. COUGH DROPS

My fellow collector and neighbor Don Self came across acornflower blue cabin figural counter top container embossed onboth sides of the roof which also serves as the cover "Lutted’s /S.P. Cough / Drops. The roofline slopes to the center chimneysome, and there are "straw" marks particularly on thefloor like one sees in depression glass. It measures 67/8inches tall, 87/8 inches long and 47/8inches wide.
I wrote about my example in cobalt blue with a straighter roofline in Medicine Chest, January, 1997. It also has"straw" marks and measures 7 inches tall, 85/8inches long and 4 3/4 inches wide. The door and windows on minemeasure 21/8 inches tall and 13/8 incheswide. They measure 21/8 by 11/2 inches,door, and 21/8 by 11/4 inches, windows, onDon’s.

Clear, probably andoriginal

The Harmer Rooke Galleries, 3 East 57thSt., New York City, listed and pictured a clear example with someroof line slope to the center, 7 inches tall, 9 inches long and 53/4 inches wide in their Absentee Auction Number 50 Catalog,December 23, 1992. They considered the piece to be rare with anestimated value of $500.00. I do not know what it sold for, butat that price they must have considered it to be an original.
James Lutted established J. Lutted and Company in 1876, inBuffalo, N.Y., at 301 Main St. By 1886, the business had moved tolarger facilities at Nos. 27 and 29 Elliott St. They soldcandies, foreign fruits, show cases and "J.L." and"Uncle Sam" Cough Drops as specialties. S.P. may havebeen an abbreviation for specialty product. There are at leastnine different trade cards advertising Lutted’s Cough Dropsor Lutted’s S.P. Cough Drops.

 

 

Dr. Cannons - cobalt blue. Don Self - cornflower blue

The colors of the glass cabin containers areclear, pink, straw colored and blue. I asked Jack Stecher ofRochester, N.Y. about Lutted’s and he conferred with BurtSpiller and Ken Cornell. They believe that any color other thanclear is a reproduction. Jim Hagenbuch believes that there areclear reproductions as well.
Another help if the Harmer Rooke example is an original, is thatthe width is significantly greater than our two blues.
Don and I still like our pieces, and they didn’t cost$500.00.....


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