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.
Dr. Thomas' Eclectric Oil was a common proprietary medicine in the late 1800's. The substance became a household name due to rise of print media and the mutually advantageous relationship between medicine and Farmer's almanacs. A trade card for Dr. Thomas' Eclectric Oil stated "it will positively cure toothaches in five minutes, earaches in two minutes and deafness in two days". It could also be used externally, it was certainly not natural skin care, but the ingredients were natural enough...
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
Last but not least there are many collectors and experts with amazing knowledge to share on the subject of Dr Thomas Eclectric Oil on this antique bottles forum.
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...
And here's a comprehensive list of all the Farmer’s Almanacs in the National Library of Medicine.
Advertisements for Dr. Thomas Eclectric Oil can be found in virtually all family health periodicals of the late 1800s.