The little blue U.S.A. Hospital Bottle
01 August 2012
I thank Brad….he is happy and I am happy. Can’t beat that!
Brad Seigler visited with us at Peach Ridge recently, after the Houston Antique Bottle Show, (Read: 2012 Houston Antique Bottle Show – Rain or Shine!) and looked at my Bitters collection. As Brad was heading for the door and we were saying our good-byes, I remembered I had a hidden cache of smaller bottles on a wardrobe in one of the upstairs guest bedrooms. I believe I purchased or found most of these bottles in Kansas City, Missouri in the late 70’s when I was at student at the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. I asked Brad to take a quick peak and grab a bottle for a visit gift. Brad reached up and pulled out a few bottles that were concealed behind some decorative wood trim. These were very dusty as they had been setting up here for years. One was this little blue, U.S.A HOSP DEPT bottle. It seemed like a nice token as Brad had driven all the way out to see us, so I said “keep it”. I honestly had forgotten about the cache and certainly did not know anything back then about USA Hospital Dept bottles. Anyway I thank Brad….He is happy and I am happy. Can’t beat that!
Read More: U.S. Army Hospital Department bottles
USA Hospital Department bottles were used by the Union army during the Civil War to carry a variety of chemicals, drugs, and even alcohol. They came in various sizes and colors, and were shipped to supply depots across the country, including St. Louis. These bottles would have been stored with other medical supplies in a pannier, a large wooden or reinforced wicker crate that weighed 88 pounds when filled. Hospital Department bottles were manufactured in Pittsburgh and Baltimore, though some archaeological evidence suggests that some may have been made in St. Louis. (source: The Civil War in Missouri)
“What is odd about this bottle is the fact that it is pretty early, but has next to no whittle. It is a well made little gem. I will forever be greatful to Ferd for this bottle. I will never forget the day it came to me. Thanks again Ferd you are a great friend and el presidente”
Follow-up email I received from Brad last night…