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capackrat

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Feb 4, 2021
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Initial research reveals there is a full bottle without the box or provenance that was recently listed here:


They are starting at $25 so it should be interesting to see if it sells and what it sells for.

If this item was paired with a Vapo Cresolene mini-lamp heater it looks like it could easily fetch $100.

Thank God Vapo Rub is less complicated these days. :)

Stay tuned...
 

CanadianBottles

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Speaking of pharmacies, I was gifted a box of stuff from an old pharmacy years ago. Would be interested in knowing if anyone has a idea of their age. I am new here, didn't realize I was a bottle collector until I started looking around the house.
Looks like they date from the 1950s or thereabouts.
 

capackrat

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My current research indicates that this bottle in mint full condition with box and paperwork is currently selling for at least $30 per the following recent similar auction sale 'calculations':

SOLD: 1/2 full bottle NM w/paperwork $26.99 + $10.75 = $37.74 - $5.00 ground shipping = $32.74 pricing value
SOLD: 3/4 full bottle NM w/paperwork $29.99 + $4.85 ground shipping = $34.84 pricing value

Pricing value range = $30 to $35

This is based on recent eBay and other auction sales of the same item apothecary bottle size & lesser contents in a similar condition.

Since this item will only cost about $5 to ship anywhere in the US by ground USPS or FEDEX, selling price includes any shipping charges over $5.

There is currently a 3/4 full bottle of the same item listed in a similar condition without the box or paperwork, but this will not sell at auction for the asking price of $25 + expedite USPS shipping and handling cost of $15.20.

This is based on the $5 ground shipping rule above and other information in the follwing eBay guidance message sent to a first-time seller:

"You have a better chance of selling this if you ship by UPS or FEDEX since most collectors know that you cannot ship apothecary poison bottles containing liquids or solids full or partly full with an excessive LD50 per USPS Publication 52.

You still have a chance to change the shipping method and then you have a much better chance of getting at least $25.
"

Your item appears to be in Mint condition so your pricing value is at the higher end of the pricing value range: at least $35

Hope this helps and please let me knwo if you need anymore info.

Andy
 
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Clare

'Patent Medicine' bottle collector
Jan 17, 2021
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Kent, England
I have this bottle without the label, lamp or any packaging, but I have no idea how much it would be worth. Interesting little piece though.
 

ROBBYBOBBY64

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Jan 11, 2020
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Hello all,
I enjoy reading the various posts here. I was in the basement of an old pharmacy recently and found the Vapo Cresaline bottle, with box and paperwork. As you can see the bottle is full, never opened. The bottle is the same as some I have seen on eBay and those have "but it now" prices form $40 to about $80. That seems overpriced to me and because the patent date is 1894 or so. Do any of you have an idea of a realistic value for the three items in the picture? I'm not looking to sell it, but just to have an approximate value for my collection notes. Thanks much for any and all help.View attachment 218351
This is the apparatus that was used with this product. VAPO-CRESOLENE Kerosene vaporizer lamp. No box or instructions.
ROBBYBOBBY64
 

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capackrat

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I have this bottle without the label, lamp or any packaging, but I have no idea how much it would be worth. Interesting little piece though.
Clare,

I researched this when investigating the auction value of the mint in box full bottle in the posting above, and the empty bottle in mint condition is selling for about $15 to $20 on eBay auctions, unless it is cobalt blue which is more collectible. Please post an image of your bottle.

There are probably some variants that fetch more money but we need a vapo-cresoline bottle collecting expert to join us and enlighten us on the rarer items since I don't collect apothecary bottles, only research recent auction prices to help people price them.

Andy
 
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capackrat

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Feb 4, 2021
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This is the apparatus that was used with this product. VAPO-CRESOLENE Kerosene vaporizer lamp. No box or instructions.
ROBBYBOBBY64
I believe you light the kerosene lamp and heat the Vapo-Cresoline in the vented vaporizor container over the lamp.

This is worse than 'snake oil'. It is coal tar oil that is supposed to help whooping cough and other respiratory diseases etc by lining the lungs with oil, however the FDA found the liquid, solid, and vapors were poisonous in the 50's and cemented the FDA existence thereafter.

Maybe it would stop the Covid disease but in high doses you would die from the poison thereafter.

It was the precursor to Vapo-Rub Vaporizors which are a lot safer.

Andy
 

zack3303

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Sep 22, 2018
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In checking with recent one that were actually sold. Ones with labels box should get about $30 and on the higher end $45
that box looks pretty good compared to the others fulls ones that sold.

Last 5 i see on worthpoint are
34.99 half full no label no box
26.99 no label no box half full
29.95 no label no box half 1/4 full
56.00 with label box and the mini kerosene lamp (have sold one of the lamp sets for $35)
69.90 also with the mini kerosenelamp (difuser)

get the mini lamp and you will have a great set!
 

Clare

'Patent Medicine' bottle collector
Jan 17, 2021
49
18
Kent, England
Clare,

I researched this when investigating the auction value of the mint in box full bottle in the posting above, and the empty bottle in mint condition is selling for about $15 to $20 on eBay auctions, unless it is cobalt blue which is more collectible. Please post an image of your bottle.

There are probably some variants that fetch more money but we need a vapo-cresoline bottle collecting expert to join us and enlighten us on the rarer items since I don't collect apothecary bottles, only research recent auction prices to help people price them.

Andy
This is my bottle. Sadly, it's aqua and not cobalt. I've always wondered what the dates on the bottle mean. Is it the date of the patent?
 

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