Dr. L.Q.C. Wishart’s Pine Tree Tar Cordials from the Marshall Collection


Wishart’s Pine Tree Tar Cordial

Apple-Touch-IconAI have had the pleasure of knowing Larry Marshall since I got in to this hobby back in 2002. He was a friend of my father so I felt honored to meet him when I was introduced. Larry always had great bottles around him and I had always heard that he was ‘the guy’ for one of the most appealing bottles that we collect and admire, that being the Wishart’s Pine Tree Tar Cordial. Many of us have examples but Larry has the collection. Just this week I finally was able to see a few of his killer pictures and related comments. For fun, I added a few advertisements for reference.



Larry Marshall

"Here are 3 large size LQC Wishart’s. The small and large sizes of the LQC Wishart’s bottles were made when LQC owned the business. Most have “Patent 1859”. The bottle in the middle has no patent nor date (see below).


"Around 1870, LQC Wishart sold his company to his son. His son stopped making “Patent 1859” bottles and started making “Trade Mark” bottles (see below).


"Here are 3 LQC Wishart’s. On the right, it has no date. Center example has no date, no patent and iron pontil. Left, has no date, no patent, no tree, iron pontil. Can you see what is different about the one on the left in the embossing??? (see below).


"I have all 3 sizes of LQC Wishart bottles with labels. One has the original wrapper. When LQC sold the company to his son, he became a Doctor (see below).


"The 2 bottles are smooth base, 8 sided and read “Dr LQC Wishart” “Pure Pine Tree Tar Clarified For Medicinal Purposes” “For Man and Beast” (see below).


Wishart’s Advertising


Advertisement for Dr. L. Q. C. Wishart’s Pine Tree Tar Cordial. A great remedy for the cure of throat and lung diseases and great American dyspepsia pills – Philadelphia 1868 – Library of Congress


Advertisement for Wishart’s Pine Tree Tar Cordial (patent medicine) in small type; large type reads “Great Excitement in South Carolina! Beauregard himself might as well be a Prisoner!” – July 1863 – Library of Congress


Advertisement for Dr. L. Q. C. Wishart’s Pine Tree Tar Cordial. The Wonder of the age! Wishart’s Pine Tree Tar Cordial…; Weeks & Patter, No. 154 Washington Street, Boston, Mass. – 1861 – Library of Congress

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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One Response to Dr. L.Q.C. Wishart’s Pine Tree Tar Cordials from the Marshall Collection

  1. BittersCollector says:

    I met Larry at a Florida Show many moons ago ,thru Ed Herrold . He’s a great guy and fellow
    Collector . He is King of the Wishart’s !!!

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