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As we search for collectible items, we are likely toencounter the names Bishop and Boot. I find three bimal bottleson my shelves embossed Bishop, two of which add the magic word"cure", all in cornflower blue. Headaches Cured //Bishop's / Granular Citrate / Of Caffeine // Headaches Cured,rectangular, 6 1/8 and 4 3/4 inches tall are the"cures". The other is embossed A over B in a circlewith Bishop below, oval and 3 3/8 inches tall. My only Bootbottle is embossed within a slug plated area Boots (in script)The / Chemists, bimal, green, oval and 4 1/2 inches tall, but Ialso find an off-white round pottery jar 2 5/8 inches tallstenciled within a fancy rectangular lined space Compound ExtractOf / Sarsaparilla / A Valuable Spring, Summer / And AutumnMedicine / Boots (script) Cash / Chemists. On my wall there's aphotograph of a small baby being weighed on a Boots / Infant /Weight Machine or baby scale.

Bishop’s with monogram.

Bishop’s Headache Cures.

Boots the Chemists.

Alfred Bishop & Sons [LTD] of London,England, patented Bishop's Granular Effervescent Citrate ofMagnesia along with their monogram with the U.S. Patent Office inNovember, 1897. The preparation had been produced since 1857.They were listed as Chemists, Exporters and Agents in 1873 and1893. Whether Bishop's Celebrated Balsam advertised in theFreeman Journal, Cooperstown, N.Y., January 9, 1852, was theirproduct or not, I do not know. The "cure" bottles arefrom Australia according to Bill Agee's friend in the"continent down under". Some of these were probablyproduced by the Wood's Bottle Works, Portobello, Scotland,1900-1920. A Bishop's Granulated Citrate of Magnesia in a lightcobalt blue bottle 6 1/4 inches tall and a Bishop's ReliableCough Cure were produced by the Bishop Remedy Company of SanFrancisco, California about 1900. The Citrate of Magnesia wasadvertised in 1876, by W.H. Schieffelin & Co., N.Y., and in1915, by San Francisco & Pacific Druggist, S.F. The HeadacheCure was listed by Peter Van Schaack & Sons, Chicago, asearly as 1889.

Boots Sarsaparilla.

Jesse Boot, Nottingham, England, inheriteda combined herbalist and grocer's shop and was calling himself adruggist in 1877 and a "Cash Chemist" in 1880. He hadten shops by 1883. There is a round white pottery jar 3 1/4inches tall, stenciled in green Confection / Of Senna / Dose-OneTeaspoon or More as / Occasion May Require / Boots [script] /Cash Chemist // picture of a senna plant // Copyright in GreatBritain and U.S.A. by Jesse Boot. There must have been otherpottery jars of this type with varying kinds of medicines. Bootalso put out amber square, smooth-lipped jars about 5 3/4 inchestall embossed Boots [script] / Cash / Chemists and Boots [script]/ The / Chemists. Their medicinals and related products werepacked in marked bottles, tins, cardboard, pottery and jars. Itappears that one could assemble quite a collection of Bootsitems. Boots moved into the Canadian market at some time, andBoots products continued to be produced into the 1890s.
I like the "or as the occasion may require" on theSenna jar. Senna is used as a laxative.....

Boots Infant Weight Medicine.


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Bottles, 1973.
3. 3. Caniff, T.: Antique Bottle and Glass
Collector, July, 1999.
4. Denver, K.: At the Sign of the Mortar, 1970.
5. Denver, K.: Patent Medicine Picture, 1968.
6. Fike, R: The Bottle Book, 1987.
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