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    Robert Turlington's Balsam Of Life

    This is the most unique American made Robert Turlington bottle I have ever seen.
    I believe this bottle to have been made between 1800 and 1815.I also believe it
    is a product of the Glassboro New Jersey Heston and Carpenter or just Ed Carpenter's Olive
    glass works as it matches in color with other known products from that factory.
    The color of the bottle is green with a little aqua .The bottle has some neat striations in
    the glass along with thin streaks of coloring in the neck and lip area that is very aqua.
    There is a rough pontil and the lettering is barley discernable as it is washed away into the glass.
    It is however the length of the neck on the bottle that makes it unique.I have never seen another
    with a length of neck this long.I know the early original British versions are clear and more
    rounded and quite neat looking also.Some time ago a member here at the forum posted a British
    version he had found from the late 1700s


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    RE: Robert Turlington's Balsam Of Life

    Picture number two.

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    RE: Robert Turlington's Balsam Of Life

    Picture number 3.

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    RE: Robert Turlington's Balsam Of Life

    Picture number 4 of the pontil.

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    RE: Robert Turlington's Balsam Of Life

    Picture number 5.In this picture you can see the aqua thin streaks of color in the lip and neck of the bottle.

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    RE: Robert Turlington's Balsam Of Life

    Wow that is a wicked old Turlingtons. That long neck is awesome. Here's one that I have do you have a guess at what time period this one is?

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    RE: Robert Turlington's Balsam Of Life

    Hi justglass,Your Turlington botle is very old and American made also.If I were to guess I would say 1805 to 1825.By 1835 the rolled lip was being used more on a lot of old medicines and the Turlington balsam bottles were no exception.I have a few bottles similar to yours that I have always felt were as old as the bottle I posted here.

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    RE: Robert Turlington's Balsam Of Life

    Picture number 2

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    RE: Robert Turlington's Balsam Of Life

    Very nice Turlington's. It's a great bottle with a great history. Thanks for sharing your pictures. It's cool to see all the different examples.

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    RE: Robert Turlington's Balsam Of Life

    This last group picture shows what I beleive is my oldest Turlington bottle.Robert Turlington's Balsam was the most widely used medicine of the colonial time period here in Philadelphia.It was inevitable that it would be copied and sold locally.Something to remember is we as a nation had stopped trading with Great Britain from 1776 to 1795.In 1795 the Jay treaty opened up trade with Great Britain once more.It is the period 1775 to 1795 that I beleive a lot of glassware was made in our colonial glass houses. In South Jersey the Stangers,the Heston Carpenter works,and Leesburgh,on into Pennsylvania, Kennsington and Stiegels Manheim works,on into Maryland, Kramers and Amelungs and Federal Hill,into Western Pa.Ohara,New Geneva, to New York Dowesburgh,and on into New England Pitkin,Temple,New Haven ect..All of this glass just needs to be found now.[;)]

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