Safe/Haven Update

Due to a private event, the exhibition Safe/Haven will be closed to visitors from 2–5 pm on Friday, May 14.

Medicine bottle

Object Number: 
1937.1698
Date: 
1840-1895
Medium: 
Glass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 1/8 x 1 5/8 x 1 1/8 in. ( 13 x 4.1 x 2.9 cm )
Marks: 
pressed: on front of bottle, in arc: "DAVIS" pressed: on side of bottle: "VEGETABLE" pressed: on other side of bottle: "PAINKILLER"
Description: 
Colorless glass medicine bottle with green tint, blown in a multi-part mold with two-part (Davis-type) finish, cylindrical neck, rounded shoulder, rectangular body with flat chamfers, inscription "DAVIS" on front of bottle in small recessed panel, with lengthwise inscriptions "VEGETABLE" and "PAINKILLER" on each side of bottle, in recessed panels; diagonal mold seam and pontil mark on base.
Gallery Label: 
Perry Davis first invented the Vegetable Painkiller in 1829, after a bout of illness. In 1845, he registered it according to Act of Congress. His product was manufactured in Providence, RI, until 1895, when the family business moved to New York City. However, the medicine was sold under the label LINIMENT (Painkiller Brand) until 1958. (See Publications)
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group