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    Small oval bottle that stands upside down

    Found this a few months back, never did figure out what it was used for. It reminds me of Chinese medicine bottles, but I think its of western origin.

    About 2" high, embossed around the neck. Rather difficult to make out the embossing, but looks like "W. T. CO D".

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    Those are pill bottles from the early 20th century. I've seen labeled versions before but can't remember what they had in them. I think they could have a variety of products in them, W.T. Co. is Whitall Tatum I assume.

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    i have 2 colbalt bottles similar to this one. they held pills. the one most like this one is labeled johnsons tablets.

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    Thanks guys. Yes, after some research it definitely appears to be Whitall Tatum and 1901-1924.

    W. T. Co / (letter or number)
    [1901-ca. 1924]
    Pollard (1993:277) recorded this
    variation, and we, too, have seen a single
    example. It, too, postdates 1901. This
    system may have been used in conjunction
    with the “letter/number” system or may
    have followed it. Until further evidence is
    uncovered, this variation must also be dated
    1901-ca. 1924.
    Apparently, before 1901 they used an ampersand (&) between the "W. T." and "Co", so any bottle without the ampersand post-dates 1900.

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    I'd like to see any other examples of this bottle, as I can't find any online. This may be helpful for others who come across this thread, as well.

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    I looked for images, I can't find any either. These are a lot more common with a small flat base, can't find any pictures of a round bottom version.

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    This one is for sale on Craigslist in St. Petersburg, FL.
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    Oh, that's a nice one. Thanks, Michael.

    Chlorate Potash Tablets, it appears to say. I imagine these bottle could have held almost anything, though.

    I would guess these are on the early end of the 1901-1924 date range.



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