Old time display jar of the type once primarily used for counter top sales of Coca-Cola Pepsin Gum. The base with sloping shoulders and beveled corners, one side embossed "Manufactured by Franklin Mfg. Co. Richmond, VA". Heavy, unmarked lozenge-top lid is in the shape most often found advertising Coca-Cola Gum. This jar originally would have had paper labeling. In 1911 Franklin Manufacturing's name was changed to Franklin Caro Company, so the earlier name embossed on this jar helps date its first use to between 1905 and 1911.
Both pieces (base and lid) are in excellent condition, with a small scuffed area on a base shoulder mold seam, a few light scratches here and there. Wavy old bubbled glass, has impurities/flaws inherent for the type, yet is sturdy and crystal clear, a great display piece. 11 1/4 inches tall with lid in place, each side of base measures 5 inches.
In the days before reliable home kitchen refrigeration (the first in-home refrigerator run by electricity didn't hit the market until 1927) maladies of the digestive system were a common complaint. So several popular products of the time included the enzyme pepsin, touted as a digestive aid. The original formula for Pepsi Cola, for instance, contained pepsin and helped to give the product its name. In April 1905 the newly incorporated Franklin Manufacturing Company bought the Coca-Cola Gum Company of Atlanta, Georgia lock, stock and contract with Coca-Cola to use that company's copyrighted name on their Pepsin gum. These big counter top jars typically contained said Coca-Cola Pepsin Gum, which was the only flavor Franklin Manufacturing sold until 1911.
Additional related information on Franklin Manufacturing and its products can be found in "Petretti's Coca-Cola Collectibles Price Guide: The Encyclopedia of Coca-Cola" (2008), by Allan Petretti. I've also placed a quick link to similar on-line information under Favorite Links, accessible from my shop's home page.
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