Set of three vintage poison medicine bottles in green. Each set contains a Small, Medium and Large Bottle and designs may vary. From the mid to late 1800s, poisonous substances were used to control pests, plants and also to apply to the skin. In order that the contents were not accidentally ingested, poison bottles were given distinctive features, which today make them fun to collect.
The bottles were coloured in cobalt blue, inky black, and dark green ensured they were easily identifiable. Three dimensional raised lettering or inlays of the words ‘POISON’ or ‘DEATH’ further indicated that the contents were dangerous (pre electric lights it might be easy to make a mistake and swallow the wrong medicine). Pattern include latticework, stripes, geometric shapes, and often a skull and crossbones.
All our bottles are dug from Victorian bottle tips. When they are uncovered they are very dirty, and covered in limescale and calcium deposits making them cloudy and opaque. Our green bottles are cleaned so that they gleam as they would have when they were first made. The three green bottles will each be distinct and size will vary from 5 to 20 centimetres approximately.
Sizes vary: 5 to 20cm