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New England

c. 1870


11-1/4 in x 3-1/4 in (dia)


Dark green (i.e., "common") glass, paper (label)

Credit Line

Historic Odessa Foundation

Accession Number



A paper label applied to the body reads, “ALCOHOL / NEWCOMB & BROWN, / (SUCCESSORS TO S.H. WOODS,) / Apothecaries, / No. 21 Beacon St., BOSTON.”


The wine bottle was purchased from Millie McGehee Americana, Dallas, Texas, for use in the Wilson-Warner House.


The cylindrical bottle with rounded shoulders and a long, tapered neck has a thick applied lip with an angled applied lip below.  The bottle has a recessed bottom, like a push-up (of approximately 1 inch) but with no pontil mark.  The bottle bears a paper label identifying its contents as alcohol and the retailer as apothecaries Newcomb & Brown of Boston.  An 1870 Boston city directory lists Edward Newcomb as an apothecary with Newcomb & Brown at 21 Beacon St.  His partner was George T. Brown (1840-1902), the son of an Andover, Mass., druggist.  He was wounded in the Civil War, married Hannah Flint from his home town, and moved to Boston, where he set up the large shop on Beacon St. with Newcomb.  City directories issued a few years before and after 1870 do not list the partnership.