Saturday, December 28, 2013

A rare Surprise.

Recently I threw a minimum bid in on a nice early Sacramento applied top medicine. The description was vague at best and minor details such as condition and actual size were not in the description at all...only a few pictures. When the bottle arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to find a mint condition LARGE size Dr. Lepper's Oil of Gladness, Sacramento. The smaller sized examples are scarce early meds, but I have only seen a couple of the large "economy size" variants. This one is crude and full of micro bubbles with a large applied top. While the majority of my acquisitions of vaguely described glass leaves me disappointed or requesting a refund, this was a nice surprise in a good way.I am full of "gladness".

The large and small size Oil of Gladness
The large size is 5 1/2" and the small 5" Both have applied tops.
- rs -


  1. Thanks for the pic of your Oil of Gladness examples Rick. Your large sized specimen which you got from me, and my recent acquisition are the only two of these I have ever seen. I believe there are maybe 6 known in this large size, and about 20-25 of the small size in collections. These are some of the earliest Sacramento meds dating from the late 1860s through the mid 1870s at the latest. I believe GP dug one in color, but I have not seen it.. Dale M.

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