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GuntherHess
08-10-2009, 09:21 PM
I have noticed a lot of Philadelphia druggist bottles use an embossed eye symbol.
Does anyone know the story behind that?

woody
08-10-2009, 09:25 PM
I've always thought that the "eye" was associated to the free masons.

GuntherHess
08-10-2009, 09:34 PM
maybe the Masons used to have a lot of power in the cities back then.
I know that most of the companies made eye lotions but they also made a lot of other products.

Dansalata
08-10-2009, 10:36 PM
its just tellin their customers, "ill keep a eye out for ya" man i am funny !!!

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/4735/00F2EA6549DE4FFD94A775181A3700A3.jpg

GuntherHess
08-10-2009, 11:01 PM
Is the eye inside of a triangle?

no

druggistnut
08-12-2009, 05:03 AM
Matt,
This is as good of an explanation as I have seen. Go to the right column and look at the second paragraph, which begins with the word "Chemistry."

If you scroll up a ways, you'll also see a listing of druggists from around the state of Wisconsin.
Bill

http://books.google.com/books?id=YJhNAAAAMAAJ&pg=RA3-PA199&lpg=RA3-PA199&dq=druggist+%2B+eye+symbol&source=bl&ots=oNOho5JtTh&sig=wjoVIAs5WstI6LOHcnR-c72ZCnM&hl=en&ei=V2eCSs3rE8ivtgfh2e3YCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1#v=onepage&q=druggist%20%2B%20eye%20symbol&f=false

GuntherHess
08-13-2009, 12:10 PM
Thanks for the information.
Its interesting trying figure out how people in the 19th century thought.

pyshodoodle
08-13-2009, 12:15 PM
Your post made me take a picture of this yesterday. An eyewash bottle... not exactly in line with what you're talking about, but I thought I'd post it here anyway.
(The jug is the one he dug in the same area as the crock I just found.)

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/9850/581F0B990E5B427E8754AAE3DAA253AE.jpg

GuntherHess
08-13-2009, 12:28 PM
How did you know it was an eye wash bottle?

pyshodoodle
08-13-2009, 01:03 PM
ORIGINAL: GuntherHess

How did you know it was an eye wash bottle?

Actually, I don't know that for sure. If anyone knows, please let me know. I just kind of assumed. Probably not a good idea.

GuntherHess
08-13-2009, 01:08 PM
I used to think those were all eye water bottles but now I'm thinking it was a more general symbol used by Philadelphia druggists. Still dont know for sure.

pyshodoodle
08-13-2009, 01:16 PM
Is that the same kind of eye you're asking about? Do you have any pictures?

glass man
08-13-2009, 01:45 PM
I HAVE A EYE WASH CUP THAT HAS A STEM AND BOTTOM SORTA LIKE A LITTLE CHAMPAGIN GLSS. IT IS COBALT. ON THE BOTTOM IS EMBOSSED "ELDER-FLOWER LOTION CO." HAS AN EMBOSSED EYE AND EYE LASHES ,LIKE THE BOTTLE ON HERE.I WOULD GUESS SINCE THE ELDER-LOTION CO. HAD A EYE WASH CUP IT WOULD STAND TO REASON THEY ALSO HAD AN EYE WASH BOTTLE. WILL PUT A PIC. ON LATER. JAMIE