Smith's Rosebud Salve

Smith's Rosebud Salve

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are:
A valuable preparation for chapped lips, face and hands; minor burns and scalds; bites and stings of non-poisonous insects and all other conditions for which a soothing salve is useful.
Currently not on view
Object Name
otc preparation
Other Terms
Patent Medicines; Drugs; Non-Liquid
date made
after 1914
trademark registered (SRS - Smith's Rosebud Salve)
trademark registered (R.P.CO. - Rosebud Perfume Company)
Rosebud Perfume Company
place made
United States: Maryland, Woodsboro
Physical Description
petrolatum (drug active ingredients)
glycerine (drug active ingredients)
borax (drug active ingredients)
cotton seed oil (drug active ingredients)
overall: 7/8 in x 2 1/8 in; 2.2225 cm x 5.3975 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Gary P. and Sandra Baden
Rubs, Liniments & Ointments
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Cure-alls
Beauty and Health
Balm of America
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.


Hello. I have a tin of Rosebud Salve handed down in my family since the early 1900s. My great grandmother sold the salve to neighbors and family in the fields of North Carolina. I have the original tin and a carnival glass she earned by being a top sales person. I also have a photograph of her and the memories handed down about her. She died in the flu pandemic in March of 1920.

Note: Comment submission is temporarily unavailable while we make improvements to the site. We apologize for the interruption. If you have a question relating to the museum's collections, please first check our Collections FAQ. If you require a personal response, please use our Contact page.