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Catalog Number 1999.048.402
Description Melvin & Badger Bottle Recovered from City Centre Plaza c. 1870-1920. Bottle is rectangular in shape with flat corners along the vertical edges. 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 "MELVIN & BADGER / BOSTON". The base is shaped like rectangular. 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
Date 1870-1920
Creator Melvin & Badger Co., Boston
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "MELVIN & BADGER / BOSTON" ( embossed vertically on each 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."
[ Druggists08/16/2016]
Dimensions H-5 L-2 D-1.5 inches
Search Terms Apothecary
City Center Plaza
Subjects Archaeology
Redwood City