ANOTHER "PATENT MEDICINE ARTICLE" FROM THE PAGES OF
ANTIQUE BOTTLE AND GLASS COLLECTOR MAGAZINE
THE MAGAZINE OF THE ANTIQUE BOTTLE COLLECTING HOBBY
antiquebottles THEMEDICINE CHEST --- BY DR. RICHARD CANNON
Bishops with monogram.
Bishops 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.
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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