Rare Size and Excellent
Genuine Victorian Transfer Printed CURE ALL Pot Crock
Poor Man's Friend For the cure of just about Everything
Prepared only by Beach & Barnicott
England c. 1880
This is a fabulous little transferware ointment pot or crock, circa 1880, was salvaged from a Victorian dump tip in England. It once contained a secret preparation developed by Doctor Roberts of Bridgeport. Advertised as the cure for whatever else ails you! Inexpensive for the " Poor Man ", the snake oil ingredients consisted of lard and beeswax mixed with awful mercury and lead with a dusting of fresh herbs.
Rare Size. The tiny crock stands a mere 1 7/8 " tall and 1 3/4 " wide. It is nicely potted with a precision cut rim and a crisp, finely applied transfer. It is in overall remarkable condition especially considering it was buried for about 125 years. Best we have encountered.
This diminutive medical piece is wildly amusing, a throwback to a much simpler and goofier time in the world of medicine. The piece will make a great addition to any collection of transfer printed advertising wares or quack medicines .