Antique Poison Bottles

From 1870 to 1930, many unique shapes and colors were used to distinguish poison bottles so they looked completely different than any food or medicine bottle. Bright colors like cobalt blue and emerald green were typically used. They were often embossed with the words “POISON” or “NOT TO BE TAKEN”. A unique shape was needed so our ancestors would know what one feeled like when groping around in the medicine cabinet during the dark middle of the night. Poisons were often had quilted patterns like diamonds or hobnails. They often had vertical or horizontal ribbing. Some had unique shapes like a skull or coffin, which are very rare. Clear colors are also rare since most poisons were green or blue.

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Golden amber KO-1 poison in unlisted 4″ size.

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Set of 4 different size diamond quilted poisons with POISON stoppers. Heights without stoppers: 7-1/8″, 5-1/2″, 4-13/16″, 3-3/4″.

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MARTIN’S POISON – 20 oz This 10 +1/2 inch aqua MARTINS POISON bottle was recently dug. This is the only known example in this size, and has a capacity of 20oz. Mint condition. The Martins is one of the unusual shapes in English poisons having a curious ‘U’ bend in the shoulder.

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POISON / NORWICH / 16A

Large size coffin-shaped cobalt blue poison with original label.

Label says 500 TABLETS/ COFFIN SHAPE/ CORROSIVE/ MERCURIC CHLORIDE

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Jacobs Bed Bug Killer Rare poison from Atlanta, GA.

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THE OWL DRUG COMPANY / POISON / {Embossed Owl on mortar} At 9 1/2″ tall, this is the largest of the Owl triangular poison bottles.

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POISON / The Owl Drug Co. KT-1 2-wing cobalt poison in rare 5″ size with original label.


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POISON / F.A. THOMPSON / & CO. / DETROIT / POISON
This golden yellow amber coffin shaped poison.

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KU-6 Submarine poison in cobalt blue embossed POISON / REGISTERED NO. 336907

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The very rare 3 ½” ‘middle’ size skull poison (they come in 3 sizes – small one below). Embossed POISON on the forehead, and PAT APPL’D FOR on the back label panel near the base. Deep cobalt blue color, with embossed crossbones across the base (this is the non-lettered base variant), and has a tooled lip. Also see side view. Sold by James Hagenbuch.

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Small size skull figural poison

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Complete set of skull figural poisons.

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Demert Drug & Chemical Co. Poison Spokane, WA
Very rare

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Oval POISON flask in rare citron color.


Comments

2 Responses to “Antique Poison Bottles”
  1. luke says:

    hi, interested in selling any? i am looking for any skull embossed bottles so if anyone is interested in selling them please contact me.

    BTW , nice collection mate.

  2. Mattress says:

    cool!

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