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RARE 19thC SSS Blood Drugstore String Holder Display

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Instruments and Implements: Medical: Apothecary: Pre 1900: Item # 1159100

Please refer to our stock # M1335 when inquiring.

Offered is a scarce , pharmacy or drugstore, iron String Holder labeled "SSS for the Blood". "SSS for the Blood" was a 19th century patent medicine manufactured during the Victorian era. The medicine was a tonic that contained a high proportion of alcohol, and like many of its competitors of the time, claimed to be a cure for many different maladies.

The embossed "SSS for the Blood" lettering is present on both sides, and the pot-shaped holder is in very nice condition sporting a patina commensurate with its age. There has been one foot professionally replaced years ago. Measures about 5 inches high and ready for your collection!

Some History: Chances are the year 1826 doesn’t strike a deep historical chord to most Americans, but to the people at the S.S.S. Company, it was one of the most significant dates in history. For it was in 1826, that the mighty Creek Indians bequeathed a treasured remedy of theirs, now known as S.S.S. Tonic, to Captain Irwin Dennard of Perry, Georgia, as a reward for having saved the life of one of their Chieftains. Captain Dennard sold the formula to Colonel Charles T. Swift who also lived in Perry, Georgia, and Swift quickly formed a partnership with Colonel H.J. Lamar of Macon, Georgia, to bottle and sell the Tonic. In 1873, Colonel H.J. Lamar, foreseeing Atlanta as the future Metropolis of the South, moved the company to Atlanta. According to the company's history, the S.S.S. stood for Swift’s Southern Specific in the earlier years.