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LOT OF 2 Vintage Medicine Bottles

Vintage DR.W.B.CALDWELL'S SYRUP PEPSIN Medicine Bottle and Vintage DR.W.B.CALDWELL'S (mistakenly embossed with "YY.B.Cldwell'S") MONTICELLO,ILLINOIS Medicine Bottle

These bottles are a product of Dr. William Burr Caldwell introduced in 1889. It became a very popular seller well into the 20th century. The bottle contained his Syrup of Pepsin. Embossed variants range in age from 1895 until 1962. Bottles had a cork style mouth until 1942 when the screw cap replaced the cork top. They are very common with probably ten of thousands of specimens known, hence the value of $1-2.

Dr. Caldwell was indeed a real doctor. His first published article appeared in 1887. His interest in Pepsin as a medical agent was evident from an article which appeared in Medical News, Feb. 23, 1889. His investigation into dipthera treatment was announced under the heading of Medical Progress.

An antiseptic and peptonizing agent might act powerfully when used separately, but might be inactive when in the same mixture. Pancreatin is an active peptonizer, but it can only be used with an antiseptic which can act in an alkaline menstruum ; hence, it cannot be used with bichloride of mercury. Dr. Caldwell has not tried pepsin in combination with an antiseptic. Papain acts in an acid, neutral, or alkaline menstrua, and hence it is more available for combination. Bichloride of mercury is a powerful antiseptic in neutral and acid menstrua, but it not only arrests the growth of the bacteria, but also, to a certain extent, the peptonizing ferment. At least it has this effect in artificial digestion ; however, the author used it with papain.”

The Vintage SYRUP PEPSIN bottle - on one side are raised letters of DR.W.B.CALDWELL,INC. and on the other side are raised letters of MONTICELLO, ILLINOIS

Glass is clear and in good condition

The Vintage DR.W.B.CALDWELL'S (mistakenly embossed with "YY.B.Caldwell'S") MONTICELLO,ILLINOIS Medicine Bottle has a cork in the top with a portion of the top missing. The bottle is cloudy and has a couple of cracks.


Great for added decor...

2 Vintage Bottles DR.W.B.CALDWELL'S SYRUP PEPSIN Medicine Bottle and DR.W.B.CALDWELL'S Medicine Bottle


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