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Bottle: Brant's Indian Pulmonary Balsam...

Object Number: 
1937.1682
Date: 
1840-1860
Medium: 
Glass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 x 2 1/2 in. ( 17.8 x 6.4 cm )
Marks: 
in relief (lengthwise): on three contiguous sides: "BRANT'S INDIAN / PULMONARY BALSAM / M. T. WALLACE / PROPRIETOR"
Description: 
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.
Gallery Label: 
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.)
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