Dr. Maxwell George Walkinshaw
Batavia, Genesee County, N.Y.
Dr. Maxwell George Walkinshaw was a graduate of the Buffalo Medical College and Medical Department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He practiced medicine throughout his career and moved to Batavia in 1872. For the last few years of his life, he was a clerk at the drug store (Walkinshaw Drugs) of brother James M. Walkinshaw. It was here that he introduced Dr. Walkinshaw’s Curative Bitters which was patented in 1879 (see patent records below). Dr. Walkinshaw died at his home on Seaver Place September 14, 1887. Maxwell was married to Adelaide Homelius Walkinshaw.
“The labeled Dr. Walkinshaw’s appeared at the Rochester show a couple years ago, and I was fortunate enough to get it. Several Walkinshaw’s bitters were dug in the Batavia, NY area several years ago and showed up in Rochester shortly after. Not an easy one to acquire as the “cure” collectors also seek it.”
The Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles is as follows:
W 14 DR. WALKINSHAW’S CURATIVE BITTERS, Circa 1870 – 1880 (should be !879 – 1887 or so)
DR. WALKINSHAW’S // CURATIVE BITTERS // BATAVIA N.Y. // f //
9 7/8 x 2 1/8 (5 1/8) 3/4
Square, Amber and Yellow, LTC, Applied mouth, 3 sp, Scarce
Prepared by Walkinshaw, Hewitt & Co. Batavia, New York
Label: Purifies the blood, invigorates the liver, promotes digestion and is a general remedy for rheumatism, eruptions of the skin, dyspepsia, dizziness of the head, loss of appetite, liver complaint, biliousness and general debility.
Yates County Chronicle (August 12, 1880).