The druggist who commissioned this dose glass is identified as, "M. C. Remington Drugs & Jewelry Neligh, Nebraska". The name of his business is embossed in an oval on one side and on the other side "Table, Dessert, Tea" shows in raised letters next to hand etched markers for each of those spoon sized doses.
The base is marked, "W.T. & Co. AK U.S.A.". 'AK' was an identification mark relative to the factory where the glass was made and "W.T. & Co" is the mark of Whitall Tatum & Company of Millville, New Jersey, the primary maker of embossed dose glasses in the late 1800's. The markings date manufacture of this dose glass to sometime between 1891 and 1900. The ampersand was officially dropped from the company's name in 1901, making it simply the "Whitall Tatum Company," and markings applied to their dose cups changed at that time, too.
Pharmacists order "Customers' Medicine Glasses" with selected messages from a Whitall Tatum & Company catalog. Customers could use them to accurately measure medications which, ideally, they would continue to purchase from their drug store. These types of promotional 'giveaways' were advertising vehicles for early pharmacies, who vied with one another locally for customers.
Typically 2 gross per order, or 288 pieces, was the minimum number of dose glasses embossed with custom lettering that could be ordered from Whitall Tatum & Company. The examples of M.C.. Remington dose cups I've seen to date are all embossed, "M.C.. Remington & Co. Druggists Neligh Neb." This cup is a bit more elaborate and indicates a business expansion to include 'Jewelry' sales. It is possible few examples with this specific lettering still survive.
Condition is excellent with a very tiny flake on the rim (illustrated) which is almost impossible to see without magnification. Cup measures 1 7/8 inches tall; 1 3/8 across at the top and 1 inch across at the bottom.
Uncommon antiques for the investor and choice collectibles for the clever collector.
COLLECTION: A time machine on a shelf; a museum in the kitchen. Reach out to touch the memory of sweet childhood laughter.