Early HALL'S BALSAM FOR THE LUNGS Aqua Glass Bottle Circa 1860 - 1870
An early bottle for DR. WM. HALL'S BALSAM FOR THE LUNGS. Hall's Balsam for the Lungs claimed to be the complete cure of consumption, pneumonia, coughs, colds, asthma, bronchitis, and all diseases of the throat, chest and lungs.
This older variety HALL'S BALSAM FOR THE LUNGS bottle likely from the late 1860s, is made of light colored amber glass. The bottle is a molded mouth-blown bottle with a double-ring finish. Slightly smaller than other Hall's Balsam bottles, it measures about 6 ¾” tall by 2 ¾” wide by 1 ¾” in depth. The ring and the neck together measure about 1 ¼” long.
Although the remedy was to contain balsam, some sources reference it was made from ipecac, extract of squills, chloroform, wine of tar, opium and mullen. In the early 1850s, the A.L. Scovill & Company of Cincinnati produced the remedy. A.L Scovill was founded by a young doctor in his early twenties, Amon L. Scovill, who exited his company about twenty years later when it was taken over by the John F. Henry & Company.
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