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MYSTERY OF THE MONTH:

Whence this "Winthrop" Artifact?

A friend of the Society, while strolling along the Atlantic shore, discovered an ancient remnant of glass, a brown bottle marked with the name "Winthrop" marked on its face. What might this portend? If you are the first to identify its origin, we will award you with two passes to the Peabody-Essex Museum Galleries, or the associated nearby Phillips Library in Salem, Massachusetts, for the day of your choosing!

If you can solve the enigma wrapped within a mystery sealed in this ancient bottle, please contact us and claim your prize!

Incorrect responses so far:

This bottle is the only surviving specimen of 'Winthrop's Colonic Irrigation.' A mixture of sour meade and rotted toad's legs once manufactured in the English West Country and used by Puritans to extricate Roman Catholic teachings and influences from new Puritan converts. It is in great demand in Northern Ireland, where the formula has been lost. Now you know, please send me my tickets. God Save The Queen.

— John Skuce (Irishman of English Puritan Descent)

CORRECT ANSWER!

In response to your "Mystery" bottle, I would suggest that if it is a screw-top, it is not "ancient" at all. It well may be a "tonic" bottle or medicine bottle produced by the Winthrop Co., an off-shoot of the Sterling Winthrop Co. founded in 1900 as an amalgam of the Neuralgyline Co. and the Winthrop Chemical Co. In 1917, Sterling was re-named Sterling Products and in 1918 Winthrop Chemical Co. was founded to sell physicians drugs. The company produced a number of products, some of which were harmed by light and hence the brown glass. I wonder if the initials on the bottom may refer to the Sterling Co. origin.

— Dr. R. Sullivan, M.D.


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