hard to find late 19th century antique american medical dark amber or brown glass "radam's microbe killer" embossed medicinal bottle with tooled plain lip

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UR #:: UR-29660-18

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Product Description

well-maintained late 19th century "attic" (i.e., not dug) "radam's microbe killer" medicinal bottle with very unusual and visually striking embossed logo or emblem. the exact fabricator (glass house) is not known. the bottles were made for prussia-native, william radam, known as a fraudulent medicine peddler and gardener. the dark amber glass "quack medicine" bottle is perhaps most notable for its unusual and visually striking embossed trademark featuring an individual swinging a baseball bat at a fearful skeleton with its arms in the air to defend itself. the remedy's inventor, william radam, published a book, entitled "microbes and the microbe killer " (1890) describing in great detail his quest for a cure for his own rheumatism, which he believed to have been caused by microbes. a florist and nurseryman, radam associated the killing of microbes in the human body with the killing of pests on plants. he sought to find a harmless antiseptic gas that would cleanse the human body just as fumigation destroyed the bugs in his greenhouses. in the book, radam is unspecific about the methods that led to his claimed "success," stating vaguely that “a little more improving, and i had the antiseptic that proved to be an antiseptic, without having experimented upon my body.” interestingly, analyses of the contents, revealed that the remedy was more than 99% water, with traces of sulphuric acid, sulphurous acid and ash. the blown-in-mold bottle contained a tooled plain lip with the embossed markings prominently displayed on the front of the bottle. the germ, bacteria and/or fungus destroyer medicinal bottle was registered and trademarked on december 18th, 1887. decent strike with very little wear or scratches evident. great overall condition, considering age.