Bottle: Brant's Indian Pulmonary Balsam...
Overall: 7 x 2 1/2 in. ( 17.8 x 6.4 cm )
in relief (lengthwise): on three contiguous sides: "BRANT'S INDIAN / PULMONARY BALSAM / M. T. WALLACE / PROPRIETOR"
Aquamarine glass medicine bottle blown in a three-part mold with down-tooled collar, cylindrical neck, short nearly flat shoulder, octagonal body with lengthwise inscription "BRANT'S INDIAN PULMONARY BALSAM M. T. WALLACE PROPRIETOR," and circular depression and pontil mark on base.
A number of nineteenth-century physicians in the U.S. dispensed "Indian" medicines. Whether or not such cures were actually based on Indian remedies, the name carried that implication and inspired public confidence. (See McKearin and Wilson, "American Bottles & Flasks and Their Ancestry," p. 297.)
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
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