Baltimore Pontiled & Early Smooth Based Medicines 1827-1860


On this page I hope to showcase some of the rare Baltimore pontiled Medicines from my collection as well as give basic company history and information on rarity of the many different variations. If you have any Baltimore pontiled medicines not pictured on this page I would be very interested in buying or trading for them.

George W. Andrews

 

George Andrews was in business from the late 1820s to the early 1860s. He was listed as a retail druggists and his address was 5 West Baltimore Street. His bottles are found in clear and aqua with either an inwardly rolled lip and outwardly rolled lip or a thin flared lip. His bottles are considered quite scarce.

(tree) / Baltimore

 

Here is a pontiled Baltimore medicine that I know nothing about it dates to the late 1830s but I can not connect these bottles with any company. If you have any info on this bottle I would like to hear it.

W.H. Brown & Bro

 

William H. Brown & Bro were listed as druggists From 1853-1870s there address was listed as 4 South Liberty St. There are several different pontiled molds known. several were very similar to those produced by Davis & Miller. Brown and Bro was one of the 3 largest wholesale drug company's in Baltimore during the 1850s.

John W. Bull

 

John W. Bull was first listed as a druggist in 1855 he was probably in business until the early 1870s when he sold the rights to his patent medicines to A. C. Meyer & Co. His address in 1855 was listed as 156 Lee St. there are several different bottles embossed with his name the most successful of which was his cough syrup during the later years of his business he must have lost interest and stopped selling his other lesser known products such as his Recto, Mistura and his Diarrhea Curative as these bottles seem to only be found pontiled or hinge mold with applied lips.

Clotworthy & Flint

 

Clotworthy & Flint were first listed as wholesale druggists in 1856 but were probably out of business by the civil war as there are no smooth based bottles known from there firm. There address was listed as 332 West Baltimore St. I've only seen a few examples of there bottles and all were a small rectangular medicine but I've herd rumors of there being other bottles embossed with there name.

Mrs. Cox

 

Mrs. Cox was probably in business during the mid to late 1850s. There is only one bottle embossed with her name that is a large cylinder medicine. They come both open pontiled and smooth base with either a tapered lip or a double tapered lip. The smooth based examples are scarce and the open pontiled examples should be considered extremely rare.

Davis & Miller

 






Davis & Miller were listed as wholesale druggists from the 1840s-1890s there address was listed as 3 North Howard Street. They were one of Baltimore's most successful druggists. There are many different bottles embossed with the Davis & Miller name most of the earlier pontiled variations are very rare and hard to obtain ware as the later smooth based bottles are considered to be common by most Baltimore collectors. There bottles are usually found in aqua but there are sapphire blue and light green examples known.

D.C. Driscoll

 

D.C. Driscoll Was listed as having a Variety store at 87 1/2 west Baltimore street from 1853-1857. The only known marked bottles is his balm of a thousand flowers. These are pretty scarce with probably only 6 or 7 known examples. They are found 8 sided with an applied square collar lip finish.

Richard Edwards

 

Richard Edwards was listed as proprietor and inventor of Edwards pain extracting lotion. He advertised in the Baltimore city directory from 1836 to 1838. His bottles are extremely rare with there being only 2 examples I know of. they both are aqua, rectangular, with a flared lip

E. & S. Frey

E. & S. Frey were listed as wholesale druggists from the 1840s-1920s there address was listed as 314 West Baltimore Street. They only had one product that was very successful. It was there Vermifuge which was used to rid people of worms. there vermifuge bottles are found open pontil with flared applied and inwardly rolled lips also smooth base with applied inwardly rolled, tooled and machine made cork and screw top lips. There is also an open pontil cough syrup bottle with there name on it.

C. Goddard

 

C. Goddard was probably in business from the late 1850s to about the beginning of the civil war his only known bottles is a rectangular aqua medicine with indented panels and a tapered lip. There are only a few known intact examples. But the do come both pontiled and smooth base.

Louis Gouley

 

Louis. Gouley was in business from the early 1830s to about the beginning of the civil war his bottles come with 3 different addresses they are No. 38, No.42, and No.60 Baltimore St. He never moved the location of his business but the city of Baltimore changed the way they number the streets several times during this time. Her bottles are found with open pontil, iron pontil, and smooth bases. And are very likely to have contained a bitters.

Hampton's V. Tincture

 

Hampton's Vegetable Tincture was sold by the firm of Mortimer & Mobray From the early 1840s until the 1870s. Mortimer & Mobray were listed as brush, comb and fancy variety store and there address in 1842 was listed as 180 and 116 Baltimore st. There bottles are found in over a dozen colors including shades of amber and puce, aqua and shades of green, and sapphire blue. They come both open pontiled and smooth base And are quite scarce in any color other then amber.

Seth S. Hance

 

Seth Hance was in business from the early 1850s to the early 1860s. He was listed as a retail druggists. And his address was corner of Pratt and Charles Streets and 108 West Baltimore Street one was probably his residence and the other his business. There is only one bottles marked with his name its found in aqua and clear with a flared lip and a pontiled base and smooth base with an applied square collar lip. Both variations are quite rare with there being only 3 or 4 of the pontiled examples known..

Jacob Houck

 

Jacob Houck was in business from the early 1830s until the early 1860s his address was listed as 8 Eutaw House. His panacea was apparently very popular as there are many of these bottles surviving today. I know he had two distinct molds for his product both are nearly identical except the style of the embossing. These bottles are found in aqua with both pontiled and smooth bases with a sharp tapered lip.

John A. Jones

 


John A. Jones was listed as a Fancy Goods Dealer and his address was 46 East Baltimore Street. He was probably in business during the 1840s-1850s and his bottles are Scarce as I have seen quite a few of them but there are so many variations that all should be considered scarce. This product was most likely some kind of liquid hair dye I base this on the small size and shape of this bottle as well as the fact these come with various numbers embossed on the back this is commonly seen on other medicines that contained hair dye. I have seen these in both a large and a small size with no number No.1, No.2, No.3 and No.4 embossed on the back. His bottles are found in aqua and light green with a flared lip.

J. M. Laroque

 

J.M. Laroque was a retail druggist from the 1850s-1860s his address is listed as Corner of Harrison and Batt. His bottles are quite rare as I have only seen two pontiled examples both of which were different one was the large Florida water pictured here and the other was a small round vial type bottle. I do have a listing for the Florida water bottle but smooth base rather than open pontiled. Laroque also produced his anti-bilious bitters which is also considered extremely rare with probably less than 5 know examples. The Florida water pictured here is currently the only known example that is open pontiled and there are probably less than 5 of the smooth based examples known as well.

Larrabee

 

Larrabee was listed in the Baltimore city directories from the 1840s to the 1890s he dealt mostly in leather goods so I believe this bottle to be a shoe blacking. His later bottles are quite common but there are only 3 know pontiled examples at this time his bottles remained about the same shape and size with out any major variations the pontiled examples both have an inwardly rolled lip and are aqua in color. The later smooth based examples have a square collar lip and can be found in aqua and clear.

William I. Nicholls

 

William Nicholls was listed as a druggist from 1856-1857. His address was listed as the corner Of Ross and Biddle Streets. He must not have been very successful as he is only listed for a few years. His bottles are extremely rare I've only seen one intact example and one broken example.

Ober & Co.

 

Ober & Co. were listed as wholesale druggists during the late 1850s. There only bottles are a small Fancy essence type bottle. They are quite rare and I have only seen a few examples. The example pictured here has a partial label for Essence Of Lemmon.

Ober & McConkey's

 

Ober & McConkey were listed as wholesale druggists during the early 1850s. There address was Corner of Lombard and Hanover Streets. The only bottle I know of with there name is the rare Specific for fever and ague they are six sided and come with an applied tapered lip or an applied square collar lip.

William K. Orrick

 

William K. Orrick was listed as a druggist and patent medicine dealer in 1853 he was in business a few years before this and was still in business until shortly after the civil war. His main product was his vermifuge or worm destroyer. but he also sold his celebrated cooling eye water.

M. S. Robbins

 

M. S. Robbins. was listed as a retail druggist during the early 1850s. His Address was listed as 13 Light Street. His bottles are very rare as I have only seen a few examples. They are found in aqua with a flared lip or an applied square collar lip.

J. Irwin Smith & Co.

 

J. Irwin Smith & Co. were listed as wholesale druggists during the early 1850s. There address was 122 Do. His bottles are very rare as I have only seen a few examples. They are found in aqua with an inwardly rolled lip, applied tapered lip, and applied double collar lip.

E.H. Stabler & Co.

 







E.H. Stabler & Co. was in business from the 1850s to the early 1860s there address was listed as 120 West Pratt Street. Most of there bottles are found open pontiled but I have seen a few early smooth based examples. Most of the stabler meds are quite rare and very seldom are offered for sale. They are found in aqua, light green, and cobalt blue with inwardly rolled, tapered, flared, and applied square collar lips.

James V'D. Stewart

 

James V'D. Stewart was in business from the 1840s until the 1880s his address was listed as 81 Hanover Street. His earlier pontiled bottles are quite rare and highly sought after and his later smooth based bottles are considered scarce. His bottles are found with booth smooth and open pontil bases generally in aqua and clear with tapered, flared, and square collar lips.

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