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early Open Pontil -Dr. McMunn’s ELIXIR OF OPIUM bottle

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Measuring approximately 4 1/8 inches in length with a flared lip and open pontil this medical bottle dates from approximately 1845 with use into the Civil War. The bottle bears a bold Dr. McMunn’s Elixir of Opium embossing and remains in excellent condition with only a very minor flake on the flared lip. Not to be confused with more common, post pontiled, examples of the later 1800s, the earlier open pontil container was fashioned in two neck types, a rolled lip and the more delicate flared lip. Fragile as they were, the flared lip type seldom survived intact. A mainstay pain killer of the 19th century medical bag, extract of opium and its offspring laudanum (a tincture of opium mixed with alcohol and water) were all too available in the period as the pure elixir of opium and dilute medical remedies were offered over the counter by apothecaries, hawked from the back of medicine wagons and offered under the counter by the most popular camp sutlers North and South. (See: SS Republic Artifacts & Treasures for relics of the Civil War era sidewheeler Tennessee lost in a hurricane off the Georgia coast in 1865.) As is true of this offering, most surviving, intact examples of these desirable little bottles are found in the walls of period dwellings where small cashes accumulated as individual empties were poked through a crack in the wall and discarded away from prying eyes. A nice companion item for the Civil War medical enthusiast and an attractive period conversation piece for the personal item collector. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :



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