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2010/11/16 19:30:24 (permalink)

Rare Genuine, Swaims Panacea Philadelphia Very early tombstone shaped.

I posted this last year on Guntherhesses site which is a great site on medicines and cures to visit.

http://www.antiquemedicines.com/MedicineNexus/Nexus.htm

I have new evidence from (11-16-2010) that puts Swaims Panacea  right there with Lees from Baltimore 
and New York City and Dr. Dyotts Family Medicines from Philadelphia in the 1810 to 1820 time frame.
This was exciting for me to stumble across as it puts Swaims 10 years earlier in Philadelphia then 
previously thought.I have in my possession a newspaper ad from June 21st in the year 1811 from Philadelphia
The Democratic Press.In this newspaper on page 4 is the ad placed by William Swaim with his product 
being available for purchase at Marshals Drug and Chemical Store 56 Chestnut Street Philadelphia. Here is the ad
from the newspaper.
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    RE: Rare Genuine, Swaims Panacea Philadelphia Very early tombstone shaped. 2010/11/16 19:32:39 (permalink)
    Here is the front page in close.

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    RE: Rare Genuine, Swaims Panacea Philadelphia Very early tombstone shaped. 2010/11/16 19:35:08 (permalink)
    The ad on page 4.

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    RE: Rare Genuine, Swaims Panacea Philadelphia Very early tombstone shaped. 2010/11/16 19:37:47 (permalink)
    I picked up this bottle this past year and I am very pleased at how it cleaned up considering 
    the condition it was found in.This variant of the bottle is the oldest between 1824 and 1825.
    The color is very pale green,it has lots of whittle and has a very crude uneven folded lip.
    The bottle has a deep rough pontil and looks to be made similar to the Booz bottle
    with the diagonal vertical mold seem running catty corner on two sides.
    If I were to guess the time and place of this bottles manufacture only four glass houses were 
    operating located conventiently to Philadelphia in the early 1800s. 
    They were Glassboro,Clementon or Port Elizabeth all in Southern New Jersey
    and the old glass works in Kensington just north of Philadelphia.
    The color of the bottle is dead on with other glass attributed to these glass houses.

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    RE: Rare Genuine, Swaims Panacea Philadelphia Very early tombstone shaped. 2010/11/16 19:39:05 (permalink)
    Another picture.The Genuine Side of the bottle.
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    RE: Rare Genuine, Swaims Panacea Philadelphia Very early tombstone shaped. 2010/11/16 19:39:56 (permalink)
    Swaims Panacea

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    RE: Rare Genuine, Swaims Panacea Philadelphia Very early tombstone shaped. 2010/11/16 19:42:03 (permalink)
    The Philadelphia side.

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    RE: Rare Genuine, Swaims Panacea Philadelphia Very early tombstone shaped. 2010/11/16 19:43:50 (permalink)
    The base of the bottle which sort of reminds me of the Booz bottle in form.

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    RE: Rare Genuine, Swaims Panacea Philadelphia Very early tombstone shaped. 2010/11/16 19:43:55 (permalink)
    Steve,

    Here is a rare Swaim's bottle with the early N. York embossing...

    Mike

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    RE: Rare Genuine, Swaims Panacea Philadelphia Very early tombstone shaped. 2010/11/16 19:46:26 (permalink)
    Cool info Steve...I was more familier with the cylinderical bottles which must have came after this one...I've always coveted a green one. I was also amazed at how many copycats there were to the later cylinder shape with the indented panels. Neat ad, and nice early Swaim's.

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    RE: Rare Genuine, Swaims Panacea Philadelphia Very early tombstone shaped. 2010/11/16 19:48:03 (permalink)
    Thats pretty Mike,New England made correct.This ad showing the medicine advertised in 1811 predates all other known information on this bottle and Swaims  Panacea by 10 years and puts it with the other first known embossed medicines in this country Dyotts Robertsons family Medicines and Lees from Baltimore and New York. Thanks Joe they are pretty bottles arent they.
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    RE: Rare Genuine, Swaims Panacea Philadelphia Very early tombstone shaped. 2010/11/16 19:48:05 (permalink)
    Great looking bottle also Mike...I want one like that...

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    RE: Rare Genuine, Swaims Panacea Philadelphia Very early tombstone shaped. 2010/11/16 19:50:32 (permalink)
    I believe this bottle to be quite early because of the treatment to the lip of the bottle.It is a rolled lip just like a Wistar or Stanger Chestnut bottle has.
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    RE: Rare Genuine, Swaims Panacea Philadelphia Very early tombstone shaped. 2010/11/16 19:51:51 (permalink)
    This particular bottle is the first mold and is shaped somewhat like a tombstone.  
    There are two variants I am aware of  Swaims first bottles.The first is rectangular in shape
    and is curved at the top on all sides like a tomb stone.The second mold which came out 
    a couple of years later looked nearly identical to the first but was straight across at the shoulders of
    the bottle.All other parts of the bottle including the embossing are nearly the same but the 
    apostrophe in SWAIM'S is smaller on the first version.In 1829 Swaim switched to the cylinder shaped 
    bottle to protect his product from piracy.

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    RE: Rare Genuine, Swaims Panacea Philadelphia Very early tombstone shaped. 2010/11/16 19:54:16 (permalink)
    Here is a brief history of Swaims beginnings.
     
    When a New York City bookbinder named William Swaim was afflicted with some illness,he
    consulted a physician who prescribed a remedy that restored Swaims health.
    Swaim attained the formula and moved to Philadelphia to launch a career as a patent
    medicine vendor.His concoction that was first marketed in 1820 was called Swaims Panacea
    for the cure of scrofula or the Kings evil and Swaim chose the symbol of Hercules slaying the 
    many headed dragon to advertise his panacea that lived on for more then a century.By 1825
    Swaim was packaging his panacea in rectangular shaped green and aqua colored glass bottles
    lettered on three sides Genuine, Swaims Panacea,Philadelphia.In 1829 he switched the bottle 
    to a green cylindrical shaped lettered Swaims ,Panacea ,Philadelphia on three separate vertically 
    indented sides.
     
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    RE: Rare Genuine, Swaims Panacea Philadelphia Very early tombstone shaped. 2010/11/16 19:55:38 (permalink)
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    RE: Rare Genuine, Swaims Panacea Philadelphia Very early tombstone shaped. 2010/11/16 19:57:14 (permalink)
    I will also show in this post a bottle sold by our friend from the forum Kungfufighter (Jeff )
    of one of the most informative and having some of the rarest glass and being one of the 
    most informative web sites on the Internet     www.jeffnholantiquebottles.com 
    Jeff and Hollys bottle they sold is the same bottle as mine tombstone shaped but definitely aqua in color.

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    RE: Rare Genuine, Swaims Panacea Philadelphia Very early tombstone shaped. 2010/11/16 19:59:40 (permalink)
    The picture of the straight shouldered version of this same rectangular shaped bottle is brought to 
    you by Ed and Cathy Gray of     http://www.greatantiquebottles.com/   another super informative
    great glass web site.The bottle pictured on their web site has the straight horizontal lines
    at the top of the bottle not tombstone shaped.The mouth on this bottle is similar though.
     

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    RE: Rare Genuine, Swaims Panacea Philadelphia Very early tombstone shaped. 2010/11/16 20:01:03 (permalink)

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    RE: Rare Genuine, Swaims Panacea Philadelphia Very early tombstone shaped. 2010/11/16 20:01:33 (permalink)
    Anyone wishing to add any information to this post would be welcome as I am a novice on Swaims bottles
    but have really fallen head over heels for them. Nice ad Joe the Kings disease cure for sure.
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