Bottle: Swaim's panacea Philadelphia

Object Number: 
1937.1671
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 )
Marks: 
in relief: on obverse: "SWAIM'S / PANACEA" in relief: on sides: "PHILADELPHIA" and "GENUINE"
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.
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.)
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