A variety of unlabeled medicinal bottles were discovered in the Cooper Street dig, including this small glass bottle. It could have held a number of liquids used to heal a number of ailments. It would have been kept with others of its kind in the household, used when a family member was taken ill.
Recovered from excavation prior to construction of Rutgers-Camden dormitory at 330 Cooper Street, Camden, N.J.
Photograph, June 2018
McKenna Britton (Graduate Student, American Material Culture, Spring 2018); photograph by Jacob Lechner
Collection of Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts
Affleck, Richard, George Cress, Ingrid Weubber, Rebecca White, Kimberly Morrell, and Thomas Kutys. Phase II and Data-Recovery Archaeological Excavations of the Smith-Maskell Site Cooper Street Development Camden, New Jersey. Archaeological Excavation Report, Burlington: URS Corporation.
Unmarked glass bottle, approx. 1" diameter, 3" tall.
“Medicine Bottle,” Learning From Cooper Street, accessed September 24, 2023, https://omeka.camden.rutgers.edu/items/show/25.