Vintage medicine bottle
Glass bottle, containing ‘anti-hysteria water’, Florence, Italy, 1850-1920. It was produced by the pharmacy of the Carthusian Monastery, near Florence in Italy. The water was taken with a cup of coffee with a third of a cup of water and a little sugar. This created ‘an aromatic drink that calms nervous excitation.’ Monasteries often produced such simple remedies and cures for general sale.
"E. DEXTER. LOVERIDGE / WAHOO BITTERS - (motif of eagle) - E. DEXTER. LOVERIDGE / WAHOO BITTERS - DWD - 1863 - XXX - PATD" (with 85% original front and back labels), America, 1863 – 1875. Medium to deep yellowish olive amber, semi-cabin, applied sloping collar with band - smooth base
QUININE: extracted from cinchona tree bark, has been used to treat malaria since 1632. Despite irregular heartbeat being one serious side effect, as malaria is life-threatening, risks associated with taking quinine are considered acceptable. Quinine is remained THE antimalarial drug of choice until the 1940s, when other drugs took over.