The informational sheet stated the Vapo-Cresolene vaporizer, circa mid-1880's-1910 was supposed to cure “Whooping Cough, Spasmodic Croup, Nasal Catarrh, Colds, Bronchitis, Coughs, Sore Throat, Broncho [sic] Pneumonia, The Paroxysms of Asthma and Hay Fever, The Bronchial Complications of Scarlet Fever and Measles and as an aid in the treatment of Diphtheria and Certain Inflammatory Throat Diseases.” Though interesting and unique in design, it is one of the many medically worthless turn-of-the-century proprietary antiseptics brought to the market.
The fancy, gilt painted frame with tin top portion, held the lamp with clear glass font and white chimney. The frame measures 6 1/4" in height and the removable lamp 4 1/4" in height. The tin portion is stamped "Patented Aug 4, '85 & Aug 8, '88". The clear glass font is embossed "Cresolene - Kerosene", "Made in USA" and company logo. In wonderful vintage condition with no cracks, chips or repairs; the removable tin dish to hold the Cresolene is missing as is the original box. Fun piece of American history.
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