Philadelphia / Kensington / Dyottville Glass Works
I recently purchased an early Swaim's Panacea which I believe may
have been made at the Kensington Glass works. This is a very early embossed
medicine. I recall seeing a newspaper advertisement for this product dated 1828.
It's quite an interesting history. I wasn't aware that it began as the Philadelphia glass
works, became the Kensington glass works and was eventually bought out by Thomas
These early glassworks, in general, had a short life. before coal became the heat source,
they had to burn hardwoods. the temps were hard to control / maintain. it was also very
dangerous. This led to many glasshouses burning down.
Looked closer at the cap and it looks like a palm tree. SC is the palmetto state so maybe it's related but don't know if that's common. Also on the outside threads of the screw cap it reads "10577 SC...