View Full Version : Church's Cough Drops, London and New York

10-27-2011, 05:01 PM
London and New York? Sort of ...

Flint glass, British style pontil and embossing, looks English, and is embossed "Church's // Improved // Cough Drops // London.

But the label is for Church's Dispensary at 188 Bowery. Label looks as though it was originally part of a pamphlet or advertising broadside that was cut up and stuck to the bottle a very, very long time ago. Shame about the lip damage, but beggars can't be choosers, and all that.

Church was a late 18th century emigrant to The New World from London, and kept his medicine business going in London at the same time as setting up in first Philadelphia and then New York. The New York business continued for the best part of 100 years, so far as I've been able to find out. There are pontilled Church's Drops bottles that are obviously American made, but seems possible that for quite a long time at least some of the bottles were blown in England.


10-27-2011, 06:42 PM
New York?

looks more like Olde York to me[;)]