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Catalog Number 1999.048.401
Description Bottle Recovered from City Centre Plaza c. 1822-1920. Bottle is rectangular in shape made from cobalt blue glass. The rim has prescription finish which is narrow (vertically) and the outside surface distinctly tapers in from the top surface of the finish to bottom with four flattened body side edges. The front side of bottle is embossed vertically "WAKELEE'S / CAMELLINE". The base is shaped like rectangular with a concave circle. The bottle shows evidence of hand-blown manufacture.
Object Name Bottle, Medicine
Collection 3D - Medical & Psychological Tools & Equipment
Title Bottle Recovered from City Centre Plaza c. 1822-1920.
Date c. 1822- 1920
Creator Wakelee & Co., San Francisco
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "WAKELEE'S / CAMELLINE" (embossed vertically on the front side of bottle)
Provenance 20 boxes of archaeological material excavated from the City Centre Plaza site at 950 Main at Middlefield in Redwood City. Excavation for development, done by Basin Research Associates.
Notes "Rectangular in cross-section mouth-blown druggist/prescription bottles were another common shape used by druggists between the late 1870s and 1920s, with and without proprietary embossing although embossed lettering was common. Machine-made rectangular druggist bottles were also commonly used from the mid to late 1910s and later though machine-made examples virtually never have proprietary embossing, i.e., they are labeled only. It also appears that as the 20th century progressed, bottles with at least one rounded side seem to have become more popular than these flat sided styles."
[https://sha.org/bottle/medicinal.htm#Rectangular Druggists08/16/2016]

"It was in Buffalo, New York, 1822, that Henry Peck Wakelee first established himself as a druggist. Thirty-five years later, he moved his business to San Francisco, California. Within ten years Wakelee was one of the largest wholesale druggists on the West Coast. Wakelee's Camelline claimed to "impart a healthful, natural complexion". This bottle is made from cobalt blue glass and embossed with "WAKELEE'S/CAMELLINE"."
[https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=23346 08/16/2016 ]
Dimensions H-4.875 W-1.375 L-2.25 D-1.375 inches
Search Terms Apothecary
Archaeolgy
City Center Plaza
Medicine
Redwood City
Subjects Archaeology
Bottles
Drugstores
Medicine
Redwood City