Antique Bottle, Mellin's Infant's Food, Aqua, Circa 1880, Baby Food, Baby Formula, Tooled Cap Seat Top, Embossed, Large Size
A wonderful aqua antique bottle with a tooled cap seat top. This is embossed "Mellin's Infant's Food, Doliber-Goodale Co Boston. The bottle is from circa 1880. It would be an ideal addition to a bottle collection. A great gift idea for a collector.
The top of this bottle has a tooled cap seat for accepting a shell cork and stopper type closure and was blown in a cup-bottom mold with air-venting. Under the embossed "Large Size" on the back used to be a paper label. This is the oldest style of the Mellin's baby food bottles.
Justus Von Liebig who was a German scientist is credited with inventing and being the first to sell an infant food around 1867. His formula was a blend of cow's milk, wheat, flour and malt flour mixed with bicarbonate of potash.
Gustau Mellin from England would modify Liebig's formula and it would become one of the most popular infant foods in the United States. Mellin's product was marketed by Theodore Metcalf of Boston. Around 1880 the agency for Mellins Baby Food was taken over by Thomas Doliber and Thomas T. Goodale. Both were former employees of the Metcalf Co. The company advertised it's baby food as the "Only Perfect Substitute for Mothers Milk".
*** Above description will be included with bottle on tan card stock***
6 1/2 inches in height
This bottle is in excellent condition. There are no chips or cracks. The bottle has a raised bottom and there are bubbles in the glass from the manufacturing process.
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