Antique Bottle, Dr. King's New Discovery, Aqua, Circa 1880s, Medicine Bottle, Cure, Patent Medicine, Quack Medicine, Embossed, Collectible
A wonderful aqua antique patent medicine bottle. This is Dr. King's New Discovery for Coughs and Colds. The bottle is from circa 1880, is embossed with bottle title on front, H. E. Bucklen & Co. on the sides. It is aqua in color. It is one of the many patent quack medicines on the market during the 1800s thru early 1900s. This bottle would make an excellent gift for a bottle collector.
H.E. Bucklen & Company of Chicago were highly successful sellers of a number of well-known brands. Herbert E. Bucklen had purchased the rights to his medicines from one Dr. Z.L. King of Elkhart, Indiana, about 1878 and moved the business from Elkhart to Chicago about 1878-1879. Bucklen spent lavish sums on advertising in all types of media and created the brand name of “New Discovery”, which had national recognition by 1885. Bucklen’s “New Discovery” was a medicine for consumption (tuberculosis) a disease which at the time was killing millions of people. Many companies offered cures and remedies for consumption — all were frauds, including the “New Discovery.”
The indications or uses for this product as provided on its packaging:
"By taking the contents of this small bottle, you will readily perceive the remarkable curative qualities of this great New Discovery for Consumption, Coughs, Colds, and all Diseases of the Throat, Chest and Lungs, which will convince you of its wonderful merits, and show you what can be done by a regular one dollar size bottle. Give it a trial. Dose for adults one teaspoonful every three hours."
The indications or uses for this product was for consumption, coughs, and colds. It was advertised in newspapers as to be the "only sure cure for consumption" and that "it strikes terror to the doctors." As it is a morphine and chloroform mixture, "Dr. King's New Discovery for Consumption" is well calculated to strike terror to the doctors or to any other class of profession, except, perhaps, the undertakers. It is a pretty diabolical concoction to give to anyone, and particularly to a consumptive. The chloroform temporarily allays a cough, thereby checking Nature's effort to throw off the dead matter from the lungs. The opium drugs the patient into a deceived cheerfulness. The combination is admirably designed to shorten the life of any consumptive who takes it steadily. Of course, there is nothing on the label of the bottle to warn the purchaser. That would decrease the profits. The makers of the beneficent preparation are H. E. Bucklen & Co., of Chicago.” Reprinted from Collier’s Weekly, JAN. 13, 1906.
This bottle contained a toxic combination of chloroform and morphine and pine tar.
*** Above description will be included with bottle on tan cardstock***
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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