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In any event these are early, crude, and light glass bottles that have a lot of appeal for an aqua medicine bottle.It is about 5.5" tall, blown in a true two-piece "hinge" mold, and sports a nice blowpipe style pontil scar; click base view to see such.
These are quite rare bottles of which I've seen maybe 6 or 7 of; here is an extra one I've come into possession of recently. Kurnitzki was a doctor (or at least used the doctor's title) who produced several different patent medicines - including a Wire Grass Kidney & Liver Medicine - in the southern city of Charleston, South Carolina (the K&L medicine notes the city; the tonic bottle does not have the city embossed).
which dates it to the late 1910s to early 1920s most likely, meaning this was probably one of "those" legal medicines that one could still purchase during National Prohibition without getting thrown in jail!
Neat labeled medicinal tonic and Western manufactured bottle. which was probably the largest producer of druggist (aka "pharmacy") bottles between the late 1870s and maybe 1920 or so (although the company continued into the mid-ish 1930s).
And if that were not enough, it is also unusual in that it has "left hand" embossing, i.e., it reads from the base to the shoulder (and best read holding it in ones left hand) whereas the vast majority of vertically embossed bottles read "right handed." According to the late John Odell's book on pontiled medicines (a great book BTW!
) the product first claimed to have been sold in 1830 and continued (apparently) until about 1843 when it was renamed "Rowan's Improved Tonic..." and the bottles (likely) began to be embossed as such (I believe IMPROVED / TONIC on one side? Not sure of the precise dates of manufacture, but suffice to say 1830s and 1840s...early!
I think these are neat reminders of the hand-made nature of these mouth-blown bottles. Incidentally, wire grass (wiregrass) is a native grass to South Carolina (and elsewhere) - Aristita stricta - which makes decent cattle forage when young, is closely linked with the native Longleaf pine ecosystems in that area, and from which I have absolutely no idea how they would make any type of medicine!
Maybe some type of alcohol extract..the emphasis on the alcohol.The lip is a short, tapered banded example that was tooled or rolled over to the outside to form it.The surface of the bottle is very wavy, lumpy and crude which is largely a function it appears of the rough, unpolished surface of the likely iron mold it was made it.The bottle also appears to have been professionally cleaned at some point and there is still some faint surface etching visible on most of the sides.However, it is very hard to see due to the noted crude "as blown" surface and is non-distracting.This bottle is a light to medium amber in color, has a very crudely applied "oil" finish or lip ("globby-ness" completely - 360˚ - around the base of the finish), smooth indented base, and is 9.5" tall; these bottle date from between 1875 and maybe 1885 based on manufacturing features.