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Object Name: Bottle
Date: 1840-1865
Medium: Glass, paper
Dimensions: Overall: 10 x 3 5/8 in. ( 25.4 x 9.2 cm )
Place made: United States
Description: Light green glass bitters bottle blown in a three-part mold with patent lip and rounded string rim, ball neck, conical body with horizontal ribbing and paper labels; base with concave profile.
Credit Line: Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 1937.1653
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Marks: paper label: on obverse: "Prove all things." paper label: on reverse: "BEN FRANKLIN BITTERS/ POOR RICHARD'S TONIC/ . . . PURELY/ Vegetable/ MATERIALS/ And as a Tonic cannot be/ surpassed/ G. Mansfield Rowland/ PROPRIETOR/ A Single Trial/ Will convince the most/ skeptical . . ./ Highest Merit./ DIRECTIONS./ . . ./ NEW HAVEN/ Conn."

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This object was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.


The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman