KH-26 & 27
These have got to be the #1 misidentified bottles today. They are commonly found with ďSharp & DohmeĒ embossed on them, but this mold was used by some other Pharmacies (Red Dragon Seltzer for example). Here is a detailed article on these 2 bottles.
A POISON THAT ISN'T
by Philip Soehnlen
Back in August, 1979, I wrote and article on a bottle that was being sold as a poison when it was nothing of the sort. now once again I find I must repeat that warning. In the latest poison book to come out, "Kuhns's Poison Workbook" it identifies a Sharp & Dohme bottle (KH-26 & KH-27), as a poison.
It would seem that poisons were not the only substance which required an odd shaped bottle to warn people. This particular bottle contained LAPACTIC PILLS, which were first introduced by Sharp & Dohme in 1882 as a tonic laxative. Whether or not the bottle was first made in 1882, I can't answer. It was being produced in 1929 which is the year of the catalog from which this page was taken (I put our images at the bottle of this instead of scanning the page). The unusual shape and color (Amber), warned men, women and children with regular bowel movements of the deadly dehydrating effects of its contents.
No doubt, there will be some unhappy poison collectors out there when they read this article. But look at the bright side of it, how many people in your club have a full set of tonic laxatives by Sharp & Dohme?
I have become aware in the last few years as poisons have gained in popularity, that many novice collectors are picking up many bottles which are not poisons. Most poisons have unusual shape, color and texture but because a bottle has these qualities does not make it a poison. If you are not sure of an item, get advice from someone more experienced.
The very first example of this bottle mold used to hold a poison was discovered on eBay just recently. The mold for the KH-26 was used by WM. R. WARNER & CO. It contained Granulated Morphine Sulfate. I was unable to obtain this gem (just didnít have the funds to compete with others who recognized it for what it is.) Itís a clear bottle with the company name as it states above, with PHILADELPHIA below. Keep a look out for this bottle. It is the only known drug maker who shipped poisons in this bottle mold. See the bottle here.
The winner of this bottle was none other than our club prez, Jerry. I was fortunate enough to get to see it first hand at the Columbia bottle show. Still waiting for those pictures. :-)