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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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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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