This bottle is worthless!
Experienced collectors recognize this bottle as Canada's most common antique patent medicine. It was mass produced.
There are millions of these empty vessels all over Canada and the United States. Consequently, I can assure you, this particular proprietary medicine bottle is absolutely worthless. Oh you don’t believe me? Here’s a recent listing on eBay. And here it is again on e-pier - proof positive that this piece isn’t worth postage.
And yet every time I hold this bottle in my hand I marvel at the heavily embossed slug plates, and the writing all over its surface. INTERNAL and EXTERNAL imagine that; this is snake oil you can swallow. It has a nice cork top and good thick glass - it survives where most other bottles perish because the glass is so thick, and the shape so durable, it takes a lot of concentrated energy to break this bottle.
Originally formulated by Dr. S.N. Thomas of
Dr. Thomas first introduced his homemade Eclectric Oil in the town of
Northrop & Lyman was a very successful Canadian pharmaceutical firm established in 1854 in
Northrop & Lyman of Toronto, Ontario sold literally millions of bottles of Eclectric Oil until the Proprietary or Patent Medicine Act was passed in
Unlike the many million clear glass cork top bottles bottles, the Dr. Thomas Eclectric Oil trade cards are actually worth something – here is a trade card currently at auction and it will be interesting to see how much it fetches...
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