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This page features photos of poison bottles we collect. The purpose of this site is to
show other interested collectors our collection and to record and catalog each. Also, it
will help us when searching for like items for our collection (ie. - color, sizes, etc.).
WARNING --- There are MANY fake and reproduction poison bottles out there!!!
Some of the fakes will have embossing (skulls, diamonds, ridges, bumps, etc.).
Others will have either fake or reproduced labels and some are just
plain bottles with old stock labels applied to fool advanced and new collectors alike.
Know your poisons before purchasing...
If you find a bottle like this that may be questionable,
please contact us or any advanced poison bottle collector for help, if needed.
These sellers are truly hurting our hobby and for their personal gain.
A dark teal KC-1 (4 - 1/2 in.), then an amber KT-5 with label and
cork (2 - 1/2 in.) and finally a mossy yellow green KT-22 (7 in.).
The KT-22 is loaded with embossing plus skulls and is German.
A collection photo of some irregular hexagon poisons.
KI-2 MELVIN & BADGER / APOTHECARIES / BOSTON, MASS. with label (5 - 1/8 in.), Olive green KI-1
(5 - 1/2 in.), KI-2 BRECKLEIN (6 - 1/4 in.), Yellow green HETHERINGTON / 42ND STREET, N.Y.
(5 - 1/16 in.), and a KI-1 BOWMAN'S / DRUG STORES (4 - 1/8 in.).
A set of four KT-2s. From the left: A cobalt (5 in.), two turquoise variants (5 - 1/4 in.)
and a clear (5 - 3/16 in.) still sealed with the label and contents... blue coffin shaped
tablets. The label states that it contained large poison tablets of mercury bichloride
from the United Drug Co., Boston - St. Louis. Not shown, we have a dk. blue 3 - 1/16 in. too.
An amber (5 - 3/8 in.), clear (4 5/8 in.), amber (4 - 3/8 in.)
and clear (2 - 5/8 in.) set of KR-9s.
A light steel blue (2 -7/8 in.), light green (3 - 1/2 in.), steel blue (6 - 3/8 in.),
dark blue (3 - 1/2 in.), and finally a yellow green (4 - 1/2 in.) set of KU-21s.
Above is a H R D S (on back) = Hall's Red Devil Skull
poison bottle indicator. The smaller of the two sizes; 1 - 1/4 in.
with corkscrew. We'd love to add more of these to our collection,
if anyone has them to offer... please contact us.
Visit this link for more: H R D S sizes and box
A small grouping of KT-5s. Clockwise from left: A 2 - 15/16 in., a 5 in.,
and a 2 - 1/2 in. with label on side and top of cork.
Both sizes of the blue KR-3s with skull and crossbones.
3 - 1/8 in. and 2 - 1/8 in.
Three amber KO-1s... All three have labels.
The first also has coffin shaped pills inside - (4 - 5/8 in.).
Reverse of the three amber KO-1s showing the Sharp & Dohme labels.
KI-? 1 OZ. BEWARE POISON. 3 - 1/4 in.
Base embossed: FBH (Frederick Boulton Hughes - Australian)
Set of KU-17s with BDH in diamond on the base.
BDH = British Drug Houses and these contained Lysol.
Sizes: 2 - 5/8 in., 3 - 1/2 in., 4 - 3/8 in.
Set of antiseptics, a KC-137 ZIRASOAP and a light green AVOS with box and paperwork.
ZIRASOAP is embossed with square protrusions around the shoulder and base; Front:
ANTISEPTIC over ZIRASOAP (slanted) LUBRICANT over BRISTOL-MYERS CO. over
NEW YORK. Back: 5 FLUID OUNCES over WET THE HANDS BEFORE USING in two lines.
Sizes: 4 - 7/8 in. w/out lid and 5 in. w/lid.
A blue druggist or medicine that is also considered a poison bottle.
It is embossed in three lines: DR. HITZFELD / DENVER, COLO. /
FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY (3 - 1/2 in.). The base is embossed: W.T. &
CO. over U.S.A. This is also on our colored druggist page.
A group photo of lattice and diamond cylinder poisons... KC-1s.
A teal green (4 - 1/2 in.), a (SCA) light amethyst (3 - 7/8 in.) and some blues
(7 - 1/8 in., 4 - 11/16 in., H.B CO. on base 3 - 7/8 in. = all w/out stoppers).
Not shown, we also have a clear 4 - 1/2 in.
Left: A couple of KS-2s ...cobalt blue and amber (3 - 1/8 and 3 - 1/4 in., Not shown, med. blue 4 - 7/16 in.)
Right: A blue star shaped KU-14 embossed POISON. (2 - 3/8 in.)
A run of amber KV-1 POISON / POISONs.
From left: Backwards N = 10 - 1/8 in., 8 - 1/8 in., 6 - 1/4 in., 4 - 7/8 in., 3 - 5/8 in., 2 - 1/2 in., 2 in.
The three sizes of KO-3s.
From left: 1 OZ., 1/2 OZ., and 1/4 OZ.
A select group of poisons with skull and crossbones.
From left: KC-4 (2 in.), KS-12 (3 - 1/4 in.), 1/2 OZ. KO-3 (2 - 5/8 in.),
KR-6B (3 - 1/8 in.). Leaning is a BLUE OINTMENT POISON tin.
A set of amber and cobalt blue KU-18s. 3 - 1/2 in.
A set of amber and cobalt blue KS-9s. 3 - 3/16 in.
An amber and cobalt blue star shaped KU-16, embossed POISON // NOT TO BE TAKEN
(3 - 5/8 in.). Made by the Eton Glass Works and registered on 17 September, 1925,
these came in greens, blues and amber in both wide and narrow neck versions. There
are at least nine known sizes. 3 - 3/16 in. Amber one has a ground throat for a stopper.
Left: A close-up of the red label: Must be kept away from children cats and dogs. PHILLIPS'
DEATH TO RATS. KILLS RATS AND MICE. Prepared only by A.E. Phillips, Pharmacist, Sinclairville, N.Y.
Price 15 cents. - Is this label original? Not likely, but who knows. The label is 3 - 1/4 in.
Right: The label only jug itself (9 - 1/4 in.).
Two KT-17s... Clear and light yellow green: SAMPLE /
3 IN ONE OIL / CLEANS, OILS, / PROTECTS... 1 - 7/8 in.
A cobalt KR-6 poison with skull and crossbones and labels.
The photo above shows both sides. 3 - 3/16 in. minus the cork.
Embossed H.K. MULFORD CO. / CHEMISTS / PHILADELPHIA
A much harder-to-find amber KR-6
H.K. MULFORD CO. / CHEMISTS / PHILADELPHIA
A cobalt coffin shaped KU-8 with skull and crossbones plus DP CO.
This is 3 in. --- 4 3/4 in. and 7 1/2 in. variants were made too.
POISON is embossed on each side and this beauty has also been found in amber.
A group photo of three unusual Mercury jugs. (5 - 1/8 in., 4 3/8 in., 5 1/2 in.)
A cobalt blue KU-19 'Smiling Skull' with a label. (2 7/8 in.)
A blown, light aqua GIFT / FLASCHE
skull and crossbone poison. (4 - 3/4 in.)
A group photo of some recent finds... many ambers.
Each will be featured above soon with details.
We are just getting started!
We have many, many more to document. So check back often.
~ ABBREVIATIONS ~
K = Poison Bottle Workbook - Poison Bottle Workbook II by Rudy Kuhn.
Followed by a series of section codes (shapes and types): KC = Cylinders or round, KD = Diamond,
KE = Octagon/eight sided, KH = Hexagons, KI = Irregular shaped hexagons, KJ = Jugs, KO = Ovals,
KR = Rectangles, KS = Squares, KT = Triangles, KU = Unusual or odd shapes, KV = Triangular
roundback shapes, KX = Bug poison bottles, KZ = Embalming fluid bottles.
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