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Bottle: Pine Tree Tar Cordial Phil A 1859

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Title:
Bottle: Pine Tree Tar Cordial Phil A 1859
Date: 
1860-1875
Medium: 
Glass
Classification: 
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 7/8 x 2 7/8 x 2 3/4 in. ( 25.1 x 7.3 x 7 cm )
Description: 
Emerald green glass medicine bottle blown in a three-part mold with down-tooled collar, cylindrical neck, curved short shoulder, square body with chamfered corners, embossed pine tree and inscription "PATENT 1859" on one side, inscriptions "L.Q.C.WISHART'S" and "PINE TREE TAR CORDIAL PHIL A" on two of the other sides, and base with circular depression.
Date End: 
1 875
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.1668
Gallery Label: 
Lucius Q. C. Wishart started business as a paint dealer and grocer in Philadelphia, but after patenting his Pine Tree Tar Cordial in 1859, he entered the field of patent medicines; from 1860 through 1873 his listings in the city directories included "patent medicine," "druggist," and "physician" (see McKearin and Wilson, "American Bottles & Flasks and Their Ancestry," p. 304).
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Date Begin: 
1860
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group