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Ladies and gentlemen, step right up! You have just found a unique medical antique collectable: A small, 2 ounce, embossed tin of Cole's Carbolisalve, in its original black and light green cardboard box.

I believe this dermatological cure-all dates back to the very early 1900s.

The front of the box reads, "The Great Skin Remedy Coles Carbolisalve, Registered U.S. Patent Office, Prepared For The J. W. Cole Co., Rockford, Ill., U.S.A."

The back of the box reads, "Cole's Carbolisalve, For PILES, Fever, Sores, Salt, Rheum, Scald-Head, Chapped Hands, Wounds, Cuts, Burns, Scalds, Tetter, Itch, Chilblains, Frozen Limbs, Ulcers, Ringworm, and ALL DISEASES OF THE SKIN"

The tin inside is embossed with the same text as the front of the box, and the bright green sticker on the bottom of the tin repeats all of the magic the salve was capable of, and more.

As you can see, most of the salve is still in the tin. I do not recommend using it (or smelling it!) but it is certainly a unique, turn-or-the-century curiosity, to be sure!

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Antique Vintage Cole's Carbolisalve Medical Skin Remedy Cure-All In Embossed Tin With Original Box


  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Materials: cardboard, tin, carbolisalve
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 11 reviews
  • Favorited by: 4 people