Antique Bottle, Dr. Kilmer's Swamp Root, Aqua, Circa 1880s, Medicine Bottle, Pharmaceutical Cure, Patent Medicine, Embossed, Quack Medicine, Collectible
A wonderful aqua antique patent medicine bottle. This is Dr. Kilmer's Swamp Root, Binghamton, New York. The bottle is from circa 1880. This embossed bottle states "The Great Dr. Kilmers's Swamp Root Kidney, Liver, and Bladder Cure Specific". It is one of the many quack medicines on the market during the 1800s thru early 1900s.
This bottle would make an excellent gift for a bottle collector.
Dr. Kilmer’s Swamp Root Kidney medicine began in the mid-1870s and in time became a household name. It was the creation of Dr. Sylvester Andral Kilmer (1840–1924) who developed a line of patent remedies in Binghamton, New York. By 1895, the Kilmer line consisted of 18 different herbal medicines. Dr. Kilmer was joined in 1878 by his brother Jonas, who later became an equal partner and in 1892 bought a full interest in the manufacturing company. Meanwhile, Jonas’ son, Willis Sharpe Kilmer, began to extensively promote their most famous and successful medicine, Swamp Root, which had previously been sold only locally.
This was sold as a diuretic for the kidneys and a mild laxative. "Swamp-Root" tends to promote the flow of urine thereby aiding the kidneys in their necessary work of eliminating waste matter was the advertising of the time.
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The use of Swamp Root declined after implementation of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act, which subjected many products to testing, demanded honest labeling. The word “cure,” was forbidden and a required listing of ingredients necessary. Medical experts regarded Swamp Root as pure quackery, potentially dangerous and lacking evidence that it cured any disease of the kidney or liver.
*** Above description will be included with bottle on tan card stock***
9 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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