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I think these are neat reminders of the hand-made nature of these mouth-blown bottles. Incidentally, wire grass (wiregrass) is a native grass to South Carolina (and elsewhere) - Aristita stricta - which makes decent cattle forage when young, is closely linked with the native Longleaf pine ecosystems in that area, and from which I have absolutely no idea how they would make any type of medicine!Maybe some type of alcohol extract..the emphasis on the alcohol.Great example of a very rare tonic bottle that I've seen a couple examples sell for 0 or more in recent years. KURNITZKI'S / AROMATIC / WIRE GRASS TONIC - Is that a great name or what!?These are quite rare bottles of which I've seen maybe 6 or 7 of; here is an extra one I've come into possession of recently. Kurnitzki was a doctor (or at least used the doctor's title) who produced several different patent medicines - including a Wire Grass Kidney & Liver Medicine - in the southern city of Charleston, South Carolina (the K&L medicine notes the city; the tonic bottle does not have the city embossed).Condition is immaculate with no chips, cracks, nicks, staining or any other post production damage..fact, it looks to have never been buried.I've only seen a few of these through the years and believe them to be quite rare - certainly very rare in this essentially perfect condition. HOOFLAND'S - GERMAN - TONIC This is embossed on three non-indented sides (4th side for label). It has the deep blue aqua color typical of the 1870s and 1880s products blown at the SF&PGW (or predecessors) and have been reported to be found in the West, though some seem to come from back east also.
(Note: bottle sits straight up and is not tilted like the image shows; my poor camera work.) The base has the "IPG in a triangle" makers marking in the center of the base, used by the Illinois Pacific Glass Company, San Francisco, CA.
These bottles are of a glass type that apparently stains easily and/or are all found in areas (SC) that are prone to staining glass with highly basic or alkaline soils?
With the cleaning - which did not compromise the still very bold embossing - this bottle is near mint, the only issue being some very, very minor roughness with no depth (more felt than seen) to one side of the lip rim that is likely to have been in-making.
which dates it to the late 1910s to early 1920s most likely, meaning this was probably one of "those" legal medicines that one could still purchase during National Prohibition without getting thrown in jail!
Neat labeled medicinal tonic and Western manufactured bottle. which was probably the largest producer of druggist (aka "pharmacy") bottles between the late 1870s and maybe 1920 or so (although the company continued into the mid-ish 1930s).
The lip is a short, tapered banded example that was tooled or rolled over to the outside to form it.