Warner’s Log Cabin Remedies

A very nice example of a Warner’s Log Cabin Scalpine came up on eBay the other day. The pictures were rather nice and are posted below. The description on eBay was as follows:

Here’s the one all Warner’s & Hair bottle collectors are looking for. Warner’s Log Cabin Scalpine with complete rear label and contents! 9″ tall x 3 1/8″ wide at base. Unique shaped bottle with flat label panel and 3 beveled, embossed panels on opposite side. Medium amber color and in perfect condition! The rarest and most difficult of the Log Cabin set of bottles to find.

Other’s in the Log Cabin series include the: Extract (in 2 different sizes) [PRG: Example pictured below], the Sarsaparilla [PRG: Example referenced in picture and advertising below]Hops & Buchu RemedyCough & Consumption Remedy (in 2 sizes) [PRG: Example pictured below], and the super rare Rose Cream jar [PRG: Example pictured below].

There was also advertising for the Log Cabin Plasters, but to my knowledge – none exist. If anyone out there has any of these or has seen one – please let me know. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a Scalpine offered on eBay or even at a bottle show. If you’ve been looking for one of these, look no further. Bottle is in excellent condition with original contents. Complete label shows an even age toning and states: “An Old Fashioned Preparation for the Head and the Hair” This is not a Hair Dye. Made only by H.H Warner & Co. Rochester, NY. Always Gives Satisfaction. A top example that would be hard to improve on, unless you found one with a box, which is almost impossible. In 30+ yrs of collecting, I’ve only seen a few labeled examples and they came with labels for Scalpine and Hair Tonic. I’ve also seen boxes for both the Scalpine and Hair Tonic. All the bottles are embossed: Scalpine.

According to records, Glass Works auctions has sold 2 labeled Scalpine’s over the past 11 yrs: one in 2000 for $2,530. and one in 2007 with 85% Hair Tonic label for $4,200.00. I’m starting this one out at $2,250. and it will be sold to the highest bidder.

I also conduct fully cataloged, absentee mail/phone bid Drugstore/Apothecary auctions 3 times per year, with Auction #49 scheduled to close on Saturday July 14th, 2012. There is a large selection of other labeled Patent Medicine bottles in this auction, including some more Warner’s.

This got me looking around for other Log Cabin products and I again visited the wonderful and deep Warner’s Safe Cure Blog web site by Steve Jackson where I found tons of great information such as:

Warner’s Safe Cure: Artist’s Album (1888) – Part I

Warner’s Safe Cure: Artist’s Album (1888) – Part II

Warner’s Safe Cure: Some Very Rare Safe Remedies

I have added pictures from various sources of some of the Warner’s Log Cabin products below:

WARNER’S LOG CABIN SCALPINE, with complete rear label and contents! 9″ tall x 3 1/8″ wide at base. Unique shaped bottle with flat label panel and 3 beveled, embossed panels on opposite side. Medium amber color and in perfect condition! The rarest and most difficult of the Log Cabin set of bottles to find. – eBay

WARNER’S LOG CABIN SCALPINE, with complete rear label and contents! 9″ tall x 3 1/8″ wide at base. Unique shaped bottle with flat label panel and 3 beveled, embossed panels on opposite side. Medium amber color and in perfect condition! The rarest and most difficult of the Log Cabin set of bottles to find. – eBay

WARNER’S LOG CABIN EXTRACT – photo flickr

WARNER’S LOG CABIN SARSPARILLA – (Large Size) – promised to cure all blood disorders, scrofula, kings evil, salt rheum, erysipelas, humors of all kinds, scald head, general debility, malaria, ulcers, chronic catarrh, rheumatism, neuralgia, syphlitic and mercural boils, pimples, pain in the back, dizziness, constipation, congestion, liver torpidity, biliousness, tired feelings, skin eruptions, female irregularities, dyspepsia, indigestion, liver complaints, common kidney derangements, dropsy, etc. – photo and copy Warner’s Safe Cure Blog

WARNER’S HOPS & BUCHU REMEDY – (Large Size)  – promised to cure dyspepsia (indigestion) and disorders of the stomach, flatulence, pain after eating, liver cough, constipation, vertigo, sick headache, dizziness, bad taste in the morning or coated tongue, hot and dry mouth, pain in the left breast, palpitation of the heart, irritability, vexation of the mind, lump like feeling in the throat after eating, belching wind, sore stomach, heartburn, irregularity of the bowels, etc. – photo and copy Warner’s Safe Cure Blog

Vintage amber patent medicine bottle put up by H.H. WARNER. Embossed on three recessed panels: LOG CABIN / COUGH AND CONSUMPTION / REMEDY. Bottom embossed: PAT. SEPT 6TH 1887. Measures 6¾” tall, tooled lip. Tough to find, as the “log cabin” line of Warner’s medicines was short lived. Smaller size, lots of character in this bottle! – eBay (excellentstuff-auctions)

The January, 1888 Metropolitan advertisement (pictured at the top of this post) for Log Cabin Remedies listed the Rose Cream for “Catarrh, Etc. Elegant.” For those who don’t know, catarrh is a thick mucous discharge associated with the swelling of the mucous membranes. But I digress. I had not seen an example of this rare Warner nostrum until just recently. Enter Dan Cowman. Dan has one of the nicest collections of labelled Warners that I have ever seen. And it includes an example of the Log Cabin Rose Cream. – Warner’s Safe Cure Blog

A chromolithograph advertising Warner’s Tippecanoe Cures and Log Cabin Sarsparilla, which Cures Scrofula, Impure Blood, Biliousness, Dizziness, Headache, Constipation, Salt Rheum, Malaria, Erysipelas Etc. The Greatest Blood Purifier., featuring vignetted portraits of William Henry Harrison (1840) and his grandson Benjamin Harrison (1888), both labeled Tippecanoe, which refers to a nickname W.H. Harrison earned with a military victory over Shawnee Indians at the Tippecanoe River in 1811. The print also includes a large illustration of a log cabin at center, a reference not only to Warner’s product but also W.H. Harrison’s 1840 Log Cabin Campaign, which was subsequently adopted by his grandson during his run for office in 1888. Printed by Cosack & Co., Buffalo, NY; 27 x 41.5 in. – Cowan’s Auctions

LOT of 2 1880 Uncle Sam Log Cabin Extract Litho Posters, For offer, two ORIGINAL advertising poster / broadsides. VERY RARE! Fresh from an estate in Upstate / Western  NY. Great Chromo lithograph Color! Warner’s Safe Cure, Sarsaparilla, Hops and Buchu, liver pills, and other quack medicine related. Uncle Sam leading a band, and smoking a cigar. Superb lithography by Stecher, of Rochester, New York. Each measures 16 1/3 x 10 5/8 inches. In good condition. First one slightly trimmed, and has a few small rips at edges; second one tattered at top with small rips at edges. Please see photos below for details.  – eBay (dalebooks)

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V, President, Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors, is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. Ferdinand is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps.
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