Chamberlain's Cough Remedy

Chamberlain's Cough Remedy

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Object Name
otc preparation
Other Terms
Patent Medicines; Drugs; Liquid
Date made
associated date
Chamberlain Medicine Company
Place Made
United States: Iowa, Des Moines
Physical Description
alcohol (drug active ingredients)
paper (packaging material)
glass (container material)
overall: 6 1/8 in x 2 in x 1 1/8 in; 15.5575 cm x 5.08 cm x 2.8575 cm
ID Number
MG.M-10766 [dup7]
catalog number
accession number
Catarrh, Cough & Cold Drugs
Respiratory & Asthma Drugs
Fever & Chill Drugs
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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We live in South Carolina in an 1859 Antebellum plantation house. We've recently been doing some improvements and have found hundreds of old glass fragments, blacksmith items, even pieces of arrowheads. One of our prize glass bottles is a Chamberlain Cough Remedy. It's in perfect condition, minus the syrup, a beautiful blue. Thank you for this resource.
Thank you for helping me identify the origins of some glass bottle fragments I have found! I'm in Queensland, Australia - a little town called Boonah, about 100kms south of the capital city Brisbane. This area was first settled in 1850s, and populated mostly by German immigrants arriving from mid-1850s until the 1880s. I am the current owner of a cattle property (ie. ranch) that has been in our family since 1870s. After severe drought conditions and a huge bush-fire, I have recently found fragments of pottery and glass, on what has obviously been an old home-site (not recorded in our family history). I've found shards of glass, from a broken bottle, with embossed lettering "CHAM..." and underneath this "COUGH" and on another fragment "DES MO...". Thinking a bit laterally, and doing a search on "Chambers, Cough, Des Moines", I was delighted to find your website! The dates you give for manufacture of this product match nicely with a back-mark on a shard of pottery - an English Burgess and Leigh mark that was only used between 1906-1912. For your added information about this Chamberlain cough remedy - it obviously was available in this region of Australia, and being used in - what was then - a fairly remote pioneering settlement. Thanks for your help!
"My g-grandfather used to run ads in the Plattsmouth Journal (Plattsmouth, NE) newspaper for this. "It always cures and is pleasant to take. Children like it "."
This cough remedy as well as the entire Chamberlain line were sold at the Bountiful Drug Store in the early 1900s.

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