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Bottle: Swaim's panacea Philadelphia

Bottle: Swaim's panacea Philadelphia
Title
Bottle: Swaim's panacea Philadelphia
Date 
1820-1828
Medium 
Glass
Dimensions 
Overall: 7 7/8 x 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. ( 20 x 9.5 x 7 cm )
Description 
Aquamarine glass medicine bottle blown in a two-part mold with down-tooled lip, rounded shoulders, rectangular body with concave chamfers, inscription "SWAIM'S PANACEA" on obverse, "PHILADELPHIA" and "GENUINE" on sides, and base with deep circular depression, diagonal mold seam, and pontil mark.
Credit Line 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number 
1937.1671
Marks 
in relief: on obverse: "SWAIM'S / PANACEA" in relief: on sides: "PHILADELPHIA" and "GENUINE"
Gallery Label 
Swaim's Panacea, invented by William Swaim in 1820, was a celebrated cureall. In order to thwart his competitors, Swaim began in 1828 to package the tonic in a distinctive round bottle with vertical flutes. This rectangular bottle is apparently an earlier version. (See McKearin and Wilson, "American Bottles & Flasks and Their Ancestry," pp. 294-295.)
Provenance 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group