Saturday, June 30, 2012

More Dr. Champlain

Here's an article from the December 1872 Pacific Rural Press listed under recent patents

Looks like Champlain was from Cloverdale and opened an office in San Francisco to start marketing his Ligneous Extract.
This is the only mention of Champlain and the Ligeous Extract that I have found.

Friday, June 29, 2012

A nice little surprise.....

I thought I'd share a few pics of an 1870's Western Medicine I picked-up last wk. while rummaging through some boxes of junk over in the San Joaquin Valley.  I can't recall ever seeing one of these with the label still intact. The original cork and some of the dried-out product also remain.  The bottle is embossed on the other side: DR E. CHAMPLAIN LIGNEOUS EXTRACT  PATENTED.  I was hoping the label had the name of the town on it, but it doesnt.  Several very knowledgeable Western collectors have told me in the past that Dr Champlain was located in Cloverdale, Ca. (just North of Santa Rosa).  There is a street in that town bearing his name, but that's about all I knew about him up until I found the labeled bottle.  We now know what the good Dr. looked like, and a little more about the product.  His bottles are definetely western-blown, and if I had to guess, I would say they were probably ordered and distributed by Redington & Co.  (purely speculation based on age and similarity in form to some of Redington's bottles.). 
This example looks great on my shelf next to the non-labeled sparkler I dug in Santa Rosa 25  yrs ago !


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Leving’s Hoarhound And Elecampane Syrup

The Leving’s  Hoarhound and Elecampane Syrup product is first advertised in the Sacramento Transcript  in January of 1851. L.P and S.S Crane of the New York Drug Store in Sacramento California were the agents for the Leving’s products.

The Hoarhound and Elecampane syrup was recommended for the cure of coughs, colds and asthma. The two main ingredients, hoarhound and elecampane, are flowering plants common to Great Britain and Southern Europe.  Elecampane is also used today to manufacture absinthe, an anise flavored highly alcoholic beverage.
Langley Sarsaparilla and the Leving's Hoarhound And Elecampane Syrup

The firm of L.P and S.S Crane were also agents for Leving’s Sarsaparilla and Rosewillow, who claimed the product was recommended for treatment of scurvy, syphilis and other diseases of the blood.

The Leving’s Hoarhound And Elecampane Syrup bottle is  seven inches tall, has an applied single collar top and comes in shades of western aqua. The Leving’s bottle is considered very rare and is a highly desirable western blown medicine.
January 1851 Sacramento Transcript Ad

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Here’s grouping of some of the Western blown inks we‘ve dug in California over the years, circa 1868-74. The large master is e.r. and embossed “PACIFIC GLASS WORKS” on the base. It has an applied top that looks like a Western bitters or 5th with a pinched pour spout.

The school house with no panel embossing is the rarest of the aqua Western blown house inks. It has a steeper roof pitch and comes in deep greenish aqua like some of the early S.F. meds.

Top and base of pint size Pacific Glass Works mater ink.

The End.........

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Another "Mystery"...Star TM Square

  Here is a square which nobody seems to have an accurate handle on. This "bitters" has a great western color, and is looks 1868-72 to me. Years ago when an example was dug in Oakland, I did not really think much of it, however when I was able to handle it I was definitely impressed. The overall glass quality is incredible, and you just have to love that olive yellow western color! I have a small letter Renz in the exact same color.
  The collectors I have spoken to over the years are as mystified as I as to the company which distributed this product, and what the embossed "star" represents. The large "TM" also does not seem to be readily identifiable either. my theory has always been that this might have been the Star of the Union brand put out by Fenkhausen around the same time period this bottle was blown. I do feel it is 100% western in origin and manufacture although until some advertising shows up, it is speculation. These are pretty scarce with about 8-10 examples in collections. I have seen half of them, and they seem to all be about the same color, and are always crude. There was one specimen which changed hands at the Anderson show a couple of years ago which was more amber in color.

 Does anyone have any thoughts on this bottle? I do know they have been dug in the Bay Area, Nevada ( of course) , Oroville, and Placerville.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Western Blown Inks

Here are three inks which were dug in California. These "burst top" inks represent a little discussed aspect of western glass collecting, but are beautiful little pieces of history. They come in many different colors from clear, to aqua, teal, yellow amber to dark amber, and green shades. The "loaf of bread" is very hard to find, and I know of examples dug in Virginia City, Marysville, and Petaluma. I have never heard of anyone definitely pinning down the exact dates of manufacture or glasshouse which blew them. There has been speculation that OGW made them in the 1880s, and there is one embossed umbrella type ( Gibb), and the school house form " N.E. Plus Ultra". Let's see some more western inks!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Some Great Western, ( and a few eastern) Blown Bottles

Here is a nice variety of mostly western glass. There are a few eastern pontiled pieces thrown in.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Some Nice Western Blown Bottles

A fantastic grouping of western blown bottles...Love that amber Goggin's

Four beautiful western blown ammonia's
Western Medicines, a pickle and 2 Florida Water's

Thanks to Cal49er for the photographs!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Milton Henry Garland – Garland’s Cough Drops

The first advertisement for the Garland’s Cough Drop product that I have found is in the Sacramento Daily Union in December of 1866. Milton Henry Garland advertises that he is a Wholesale Confectioner and is the manufacturer of Garland’s Renowned Cough Drops. Garland is located at 828 Market Street in San Francisco California. In this 1866 advertisement he states his cough drops “are put up in small tin boxes, two dozen in a case so they can be sent to any part of the world in good order”. Garland uses this early advertisement until sometime in late 1871 or early 1872 when he starts headlining the Cough Drops in his advertisements.

By 1872 Garland advertises his cough drop product is Trade Marked, Copyrighted and Secured and is a certain relief for asthma, whooping cough and consumption, among other ailments.  Garland is manufacturing the cough drops and selling them wholesale and retail while in Sacramento R.H. McDonald & Company are the General Agents for the Garland Cough Drop product. I have seen other advertisements for the Garland product with E.F Sandford, an Oakland California druggist, offering the Garland’s Cough drops for sale.

Sometime in 1872 or early 1873 Garland issues a $1000 challenge to whoever publicly accused Garland’s Couch Drops as being poisonous. Garland “desires the public to know that his confectionaries and candies are perfectly pure and harmless, and he will give any chemist or any other person who can discover Terra Alba or any other poisonous substance, either in the composition or coloring matter, in any of the candies or confectionary manufactured by him”

It is interesting that someone would accuse Garland of using Terra Alba in the production of his cough drops. Terra Alba is finely pulverized gypsum used in making paper and paints and as a nutrient for growing yeast.  Prolonged or repeated breathing of this material may result in chronic bronchitis (inflammation of the airways of the lungs). Symptoms include coughing and shortness of breath, the exact symptoms that Garland claimed his cough drops cured. The “someone’ who accused Garland of using this substance in his products was more than likely a competitor of his.

After the $1000 challenge advertisement I cannot find any more information on Garland or his products. It appears that right around late 1872 or early 1873 some set of circumstances removes Garland from public exposure. Garland either goes out of business, leaves San Francisco or who knows what might have happened.
Pratt's Abolition Oil and the Garland's Cough Drops

The Garland Cough Drop’s bottle is around 7 inches tall with a double collar applied top and has an unusual tombstone shape with a tombstone inset panel with vertical embossing:  GARLAND’S / COUGH DROPS. The bottle comes in shades of western aqua and is considered very rare in Wilson’s book 19th Century Medicine in Glass. Tim Higgins’s, in his book, Early Medicine and Apothecary Bottles of the Old West considers the Garland’s as extremely rare.

It is my contention that as rare as the Garland bottle is, it was probably only manufactured in the late 1872 early 1873 period, and that the accusations that Garland was using poisonous materials to manufacture the product put an end to the Garland’s Cough Drops as a marketable product.

Tuesday Morning

 Cathedral Pepper Sauce, Simmon's Nabob Whiskey, Open Pontil food, Cutter OK Whisky, Espy Phil. Sauce bottle, Reed & Carnrick and a Forest Lawn whiskey 
It's such a beautiful spring morning here in the mountains I thought I would post a couple of pictures. Here's the view from my office window looking south towards the Downie River. I hope all of you fellow bottle collectors are enjoying this morning as much as I am....... See you at Reno next month.

And of course we can't forget the meds.......Here's a picture for all of us Western Med Heads                       
Dr. J.J. McBride World's Relief, Garland's Cough Drops and Dr. J.J. McBride King of Pain


Oh, Nice job Lou on finding the green non circle IXL. Good things happen to good folks!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

No Shovel Required - Just add Persistence!

Saturday morning, the coffee is on and the sun is coming up, another beautiful day on the mountain. As I scan the Garage Sale ads one in particular catches my attention. It mentions  "Bottles” but crap it’s in the dreaded urban jungle, housing tracks and what kind of bottles........ Another wild goose chase I thought and more not so old junkie junk like most every other time. Uhhhh, maybe I’ll check it out what the heck, so off I go even a little late. Through the concrete  jungle I travel in search of something from a time I can relate to which is certainly not this moment of chaos & confusion in the City.  Up a street, down a street, stop signs, traffic lights, tailgaters, noise, people everywhere. I want to get out of here but the driving force of the unknown and the rush of finding something good, I forge on.

Finally I arrive at my sale destination and this one looks like any other and is  going to suck, again. I see baby strollers, kids toys, books, Tupperware and the usual assortment of junk from the garage everyone wants to get rid of at some point. I approach the sale scanning it, there's three cheerful soccer moms sitting behind a table at the top of the driveway all giggly but still I see nothing old, not even remotely old. As I make my way through their little sale I notice a box in front of their table and it looks like bottle necks sticking out of it, old bottle necks. I scan the contents of the box with old & new bottles just clanking against each other and my heart stops, oh-my-god, I don’t believe this. Ahhhhhh finally,  hear we go, the rush is on, like a junkie getting his fix, my fix anyway. No need to even guess what this one is by the distinct shape that I know so very well and it's friggin green, the Eagle has landed, touch down.  I pick it up, then comes the question: “How much for the bottles” in cheerful voice I shout out while trying to keep my cool. They look at each other and then one of the moms says: “You can have that one for a dollar” as I choke, “We almost put those in the recycling yesterday when we cleaned out the garage” she says.

 Although not perfect, it's a beautiful whittled to death apple green “IXL Bitters” and I didn’t even have to get dirty.............

Monday, June 4, 2012