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Quack Medicine ~ Covent Gardens Ointment ~ 1880
Genuine Victorian Transfer Printed Pot
RARE SMALL SIZE
NATURE'S HERBAL OINTMENT for the cure of Pulmonary Complaints, Croup in Children, Epilepsy & Fits
Covent Garden, London c. 1880
This is a fabulous very small transferware ointment pot or crock, circa 1880. Rare to find the small size. It once contained Nature's Herbal Ointment, advertised as the cure for whatever ails you! This ointment was made and sold by Fredrick W Hale, well known as a "snake oil" salesmen in Britain. The product was shear quackery, but the Chemist was well know for his products.
The crock was made in the Staffordshire district and is transfer printed in black. The pot has the name of the product as well as the many boastful claims. Probably contained a salve made of bear's grease fat mixed with magical herbs.
The tiny crock stands a mere 1 5/8 " tall and 1 3/8" wide. It is well potted and has a crisp finely applied transfer. It is in outstanding condition.
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 .
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