A few years back my mother picked up this trio of antique apothecary bottles for me while antiquing with her friends in Connecticut. Because I am a pharmacist, she knew I would appreciate these keepsakes.
These vintage bottles are great for small herbs, dried and fresh flowers to decorate your desk, vanity, or window sill. I have also seen them clustered in a rustic centerpiece. They have found a home this Spring on the ledge of my kitchen counter so I can admire them when I cook dinner and wash dishes.
These bottles are from the late 1800s and once held store-made remedies for the strangest ailments. The pharmacist in me was curious so I researched the large bottle in the middle. It is marked “Hoods Sarsa Parilla” on the front, C I Hood and Co on the side, Apothecaries on the back, and Lowell Mass. on the other side.
Hood’s Sarsaparilla was big business in the late 19th century – as you can see in this picture of the large Massachusetts laboratory. Advertisements for it were everywhere, and there were also spin-off products such as calendars and cookbooks. It was advertised as “Good Blood”, a blood purifier that purported to cure a variety of illnesses such as Scrofula (due to tuberculosis), Dyspepsia,
Rheumatism, “That Tired Feeling” and offer “robust good health” and “refreshing sleep”. Pretty interesting stuff!
I am just glad to not need sarsaparilla and can simply enjoy their beauty!
I found this image online-don’t the orchids look great in the apothecary bottle?
I enjoyed the history behind your vintage bottles. We, too, have a collection on the window ledge in the lower level. Most of ours are liquor bottles buried and dug up when preparing the foundation for our “dream home”. Adore the way you have them lined up in your kitchen!
Love this! Cool bottles!