Friday, May 23, 2014

H.P. Wakelee

San Francisco Druggist H.P. Wakelee had a long and successful business career providing the early western consumer with several different health related products. With all the products Wakelee manufactured and distributed the western collector has a wide variety of bottles and containers to collect.

   Circa 1860's Wakelee advertisement
Wakelee's Citrate of Magnesia w/ citrate style top
Wakelee goes mining in Nevada
Hamilton or Treasure City?
Any reports of Wakelee's coming from the White Pine?

Rare Wakelee's Bear Grease
Good for your boots or what ails you

Wakelee's Citrate w/ blob style top
thought to be English made?

Nelson's Extract of Roses and Rosemary
Another English bottle?

Wakelee's Cold Cream Lid
Several of these were found in the San Francisco "Big Dig"

Notice of H.P. Wakelee's Death in New York

And lets not forget Wakelee's most prolific product......

Wakelee's Camelline
The earliest variant is on the right.
Back in the late 1990's I dug 26 Wakelee's Camelline's
out of one pit in Sierra City. Any idea what that privy serviced?

Got Wakelees?


  1. yeah! A house of ill repute..........

  2. Nice post Rick! There are a lot of Wakelee containers to collect. I believe that some of the bottles were indeed made in England, and many people forget that almost all prattware pot lids were made there too. The jumbo size Wakelee's Camelline are sure tough, and the tiny cobalt sample are rare as well. I am not sure whether the blob top citrate's are made here or England though. DM.

    1. I have never seen a sample size Camelline. Anyone have a picture of one or of the large economy size Wakelee's?

  3. Very nice article. Thanks Rick

  4. Also of note, the American made citrate above is newer than the English one by about 10 to 15 years.

    1. Which is which - Is the citrate topped one American or vice-versa.

  5. I have seen a few of the Camelline in the early mold but with a thin flared lip...I have always thought they are the earliest version? DM