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Sterling's Ambrosia For The Hair

Object Name: Medicine bottle
Date: 1840-1860
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Medium: Glass, paper
Dimensions: Overall: 6 1/8 x 2 x 1 1/8 in. ( 15.6 x 5.1 x 2.9 cm )
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Glass bottle with green tint, blown in a two-part mold; down-tooled lip, cylindrical neck, rounded shoulder, and rectangular body with flat chamfers; paper label pasted onto front of bottle, obverse with lengthwise inscription "STERLING'S/ AMBROSIA/ FOR THE HAIR"; mold seam and pontil mark on base.
Credit Line: Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 1937.1692
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Marks: printed: on paper label affixed to bottle: "No. 1./Apply the Ambrosia with the hand or a sponge/a little every night, brushing it thoroughly into/the roots of the hair./BEWARE OF COUNTERFEITS." pressed: on obverse of bottle: "STERLING'S/AMBROSIA/FOR THE HAIR" pressed: on edge of bottle: "S. A. MFG CO" pressed: on other edge of bottle: "NEW YORK"

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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