Mrs. S. A. Allen’s Worlds Hair Restorer Display…and some more


Hi. Ferdinand –

I received an e-mail from a gentleman from Spain recently wanting to sell a Mrs Allen’s Hair Restorer advertising display (see above). I have attached a photo of this rare item. If anybody is interested in purchasing this item e-mail me at I will forward the information.

Frank Wicker
www. Bottlepickers


Row of colorful Mrs. Allen’s World’s Hair Restorer bottles –



Apple-Touch-IconAI will take this opportunity to show off a few of these colorful bottles and advertising pieces that I could grab online and from my files. Also, whenever I need antique and vintage hair product information I usually end up at Hair Raising Stories. Please visit their fine web site.

Read: Mrs. Susan A. Allen

A nice excerpt from the Odyssey:

Mrs. Allen’s World’s Hair Restorer bottle recovered from the wreck of the SS Republic


Mrs. Allen’s World’s Hair Restorer bottle recovered from the wreck of the SS Republic –

The excavation of the SS Republic yielded an impressive assortment of hair product bottles, a sampling of the hundreds of phony preparations that flooded the 19th-century market. Included in the recovery were two pristine examples of Mrs. Allen’s World’s Hair Restorer – rectangular bottles with beveled corners, in a rare deep amethyst color.

Mrs. Susan A. Allen, the wife of a New York City dentist, first introduced her product in 1840, and by 1854, was selling the formula from her husband’s Broome Street practice, which served as the “Manufactory and Depot.” An 1876 advertisement declared Mrs. S.A. Allen’s World’s Hair restorer “The only Preparation that will certainly revive, renew and restore the original or natural colour of grey or faded hair, stop its falling out and induce a luxuriant growth. ”The ad further claimed that “Forty years of trial and success is the basis for this unqualified statement,” during which time, “it has been used by thousands of persons, and it has never failed to satisfy the expectations of a rationale purchaser.”

The recipe for this “Great Unequaled Preparation” was said to contain a mixture of “sulphur, acetate of lead, glycerin, and flavored water” – hardly a concoction likely to enhance the beauty of one’s hair. Yet with establishments in New York, London and Paris, the hair restorer enjoyed a global market and was “Sold by all Chemists and perfumers throughout the World.”

Perhaps the two bottles recovered from the SS Republic, both empty of their original contents, had been aboard the vessel tucked in the luggage of a passenger or crew member. Yet, more likely they are the vestiges of a much larger consignment of Mrs. Allen’s famous hair tonic once bound for sale in a New Orleans’ shop.



Mrs. S. A. Allen’s World’s Hair Restorer bottle grouping – American Bottle Auctions


Envelope illustrated with Mrs. S. A. Allen’s art. Major & Knapp Engraving, Manufacturing & Lithographic Co., printer., Library Company of Philadelphia Print Dept. Helfand Popular Medicine Ephemera Collection


Mrs. S.A. Allen’s Hair Restorer diecut marketing piece – art by Sarony, Major & Knapp, Lithographer – New York


Four Cents U.S. Internal Revenue Mrs. S.A. Allen’s Hair Restorer – S.R. Van Duzer Proprietors New York Private Proprietary Stamp


Mrs. S.A. Allen’s world’s hair dressing or zylobalsamum, c May 29 1860 – Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.


1860 Vintage Hair Restorer Advertising Poster. Mrs. S.A. Allen’s World’s Hair Dressing or Zylobalsamum. This vintage poster has been beautifully enhanced and restored to its former brilliance by the artists at The Vintage Factory. We have also added a complimentary border around the image which really makes it an eye catching work of art. We have many more beautiful vintage posters too. – The Vintage Factory


Mrs. S. A. Allen’s Worlds Hair Restorer advertisement


MRS. S. A. ALLEN’S / WORLD HAIR RESTORER / NEW YORK – This is a beautiful golden amber and is 7 ½” tall. No problems except for a double pin head shallow bubble burst on the ALLEN beveled edge and approximately the same size open bottle on the bottom corner of the RESTORER panel. The base is embossed VD LONDON. It has a crude, globby applied lip. A sparking beauty! – Golden Pelican Antiques & Collectibles


Mrs. S. A. Allen’s Worlds Hair Restorer advertisement


Mrs. S. A. Allen’s Hair Restorer advertisement – The Chemists’ annual list – 1870


Mrs. S. A. Allen’s advertisement – On a Certain Passage in Vanity Fair. Cut from Belgravia, 1869.


Testimonial for Mrs. Allen’s – The Mother’s Magazine and Family Circle, Volume 24, Issue 7 – H.H. Lloyd, 1856


Mrs. S. A. Allen’s Hair Restorer advertisement – The Chemists’ annual list – 1870


Mrs. S. A. Allen’s advertisement with The Presbyterian Historical Almanac and Annual Remembrancer of the Church, Volume 6 by Joseph M. Wilson – 1864

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V 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. He 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. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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