TRUE CEPHALICK SNUFF BY THE KINGS PATENT.

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You dont see this bottle too often either on ebay or glass auctions for that matter.I believe this bottle is an early American Copy-cat of the original Britsh Version.Dr. Dyott advertised these in 1810 and the color is right there with other products that were coming out of the Olive and the Gloucester Glass works of which he was the sole agent for each factory.The bottle is light yellw green in color,has a rough pontil mark as shown and a flared but rounded thicker then usual top.It is embossed vertically TRUE CEPHALICK SNUFF/on one half and BY THE KINGS PATENT on the other.My guess on the age would be 1800 to 1815.Mark or Jerry could either of you two guys shed some light on this.Does anyone else here at this forum have one or has information pertaining to the bottle?
Thanks Steve

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All the ones I've seen of that one have been aqua colored ones. That's a nice early one for sure.


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Cephalic snuff
[cephalic ditto]
A medicinal SNUFF, intended as its name implies, to cure disorders of the head, widely available, and sometimes branded. In the nineteenth century the term was sometimes shortened to cephalic. It is doubtful whether the product remained the same throughout the period since it has been noted in the Dictionary Archive as early as 1707 [Newspapers (1707)], yet the 'Cordial cephalic snuff' was not patented until the 1770s [Patents (1773)]. A cephalic snuff was still available in 1790 [Newspapers (1790)], and the OED records it as 'Cephalic' as late as 1834. It was probably the same as, or very similar to, 'The Golden Snuff' [Newspapers (1708)], which was claimed to cure much the same conditions.
One ingenious entrepreneur proposed that 'Those who take much of the common snuffs, may prevent their bad effects by mixing with them a proportion of this excellent cephalic' [Newspapers (1790)]. He also claimed that 'Persons who visit the sick, unhealthy places, or hot climates, will find the Snuff an admirable preventive of infection; and it is particularly serviceable in those complaints of the h[e]ad which Painters, &c. are subject to'.
OED earliest date of use: 1813

From: 'Celandine - Cephalic snuff', Dictionary of Traded Goods and Commodities, 1550-1820 (2007). URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=58720 Date accessed: 15 February 2011.
 

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Here's one of the recipe's for it,...in fact, they still make a version, and I use it occasionally.


Boeli's Cephalic Snuff consists of 2 drachms valerian, 2 drachms snuff, 3 drops oil of lavender, 3 drops oil of marjoram; mix. This is said to relieve the eyes as well as the head.


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