Dr. J. W. Poland – Great New England Medicines

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(Image 1) “Dr. J. W. Poland” Medicine Bottle, a Stoddard glasshouse, Stoddard, New Hampshire, 1860-1872. Oval with a semi-circular embossed indented panel, deep olive amber, applied square collared mouth – smooth base, ht. 7 7/8 inches; (front panel appears to be coated). See PME pg. 281 Extremely rare Stoddard medicine. Kris Kernozicky collection. – Heckler Auction 102

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Dr. J. W. Poland – Great New England Medicines

07 February 2013 (R•061714)

Apple-Touch-IconAThere was some real excitement to see a stellar example of a deep olive amber DR. J. W. POLAND (pictured above) medicine bottle recently in Heckler Auction 102. This is one of the earliest examples of a Dr. Poland bottle and is attributed to a Stoddard glasshouse. This bottle is drop dead gorgeous and has everything going for it. The example below is a different example of a Dr. J.W. Poland medicine bottle in more of an amber coloration. Great Stoddard pieces.

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DR. J.W. POLAND medicine bottle in a beautiful Stoddard amber coloration – image courtesy of Norman C. Heckler & Co.

My curiosity got the best of me and I wanted to track down a little more information on Dr. Poland. Some of his products have great names like Dr. J. W. Poland’s Headache Killer, Dr. J. W. Poland’s Humor-Doctor and Dr. J. W. Poland’s White Pine Compound. Nice examples are represented in this post.

Dr. J. W. Poland’s White Pine Compound was bottled and sold after 1852. Poland was as spice dealer and made several remedies including a “cough specific”, “stomach sweetner” and “pain easer”. He moved to Manchester, New Hampshire (site of the 2013 FOHBC National Antique Bottle Show) in the 1840′s and started manufacturing and selling “Indian Pile Remedy”, “Diarrhea Elexir”, “Canker and Chilblain Killer” and “Humor Doctor”. [Know Your Antiques - Lakeland Ledger - 1978]

The white pine tree and its medicinal properties were discovered in the 1850′s and Poland started making several types. The sale of the Poland brands continued after his death and advertisements for his products date to about 1870.

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(Image 2) “Dr. J.W. Poland” Medicine Bottle, a Stoddard glasshouse, Stoddard, New Hampshire, 1860-1872. Oval with a semi-circular embossed indented panel, deep olive amber, applied square collared mouth – smooth base, ht. 7 7/8 inches; (front panel appears to be coated). See PME pg. 281 Extremely rare Stoddard medicine. Kris Kernozicky collection. – Heckler Auction 102

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(Image 3) “Dr. J.W. Poland” Medicine Bottle, a Stoddard glasshouse, Stoddard, New Hampshire, 1860-1872. Oval with a semi-circular embossed indented panel, deep olive amber, applied square collared mouth – smooth base, ht. 7 7/8 inches; (front panel appears to be coated). See PME pg. 281 Extremely rare Stoddard medicine. Kris Kernozicky collection. – Heckler Auction 102

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Dr. J.W. Poland – Glass Works Auctions 101

DR. J.W. POLAND’S HUMOR-DOCTOR

A POSITIVE REMEDY

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Two glass bottles, one wrapped, one unwrapped, of: Dr. J. W. Polands/ HUMOR DOCTOR/ A POSITIVE REMEDY/ FOR ALL KINDS OF/ HUMORS!/ [...] PREPARED AT THE/ N.E. BOTANIC DEPOT,/ Under the Supervision of Dr. Poland,/ BOSTON, MASS./ Price 75 Cts. per Bottle. Entered according to act of Congress, 1867. Paper labels and wrappings. Height approximately 8 3/8 inches unwrapped. – image The Throop Museum, Schoharie, N.Y.

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Manchester New Hampshire Almanac, City Directory, and Business Index – 1879

DR. J.W. POLANDS WHITE PINE COMPOUND

THE GREAT NEW ENGLAND REMEDY

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Dr. J.W. Polands – White Pine Compound – Cabinet of Curiosities

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Two glass bottles, one wrapped, one unwrapped, of: DR. J. W. POLANDS/ WHITE PINE/ COMPOUND. Prepared by DR. J. W. POLAND/ FOR THE PROPRIETOR/ GEO. W. SWETT, M.D./ At the New England Botanic Depot./ BOSTON, MASS. Entered according to act of Congress, 1865. Paper labels and wrappings. Height approximately 7 1/4 inches unwrapped. – image The Throop Museum, Schoharie, N.Y.

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The Tribune Almanac for the years 1838 to 1868 – New York

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The Tribune Almanac for the years 1838 to 1868 – New York

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Dr. J.W. Polands White Pine Compound and Dr. G.W. Swett, Boston, Mass Four cents U.S. Internal Revenue stamp

DR. J.W. POLAND’S HEADACHE KILLER

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J.W. POLAND’S HEADACHE KILLER, A dark aqua, oval medicine bottle with very thick applied lip, height 7″. Embossed “J.W. Poland’s Headache Killer”. The glass has a rough “orange peel” surface finish. – ebay

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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One Response to Dr. J. W. Poland – Great New England Medicines

  1. Froggy says:

    The “tombstone”form and inset embossing “banner”of the earliest J. W. Poland make it one of my most favorite bottles…not to mention the wonderful Stoddard attribution. I have one in my medicine collection; a bottle that I shall never sell. Were it a Bitters, I may have had two, this week!

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