Shaker Museum

Label, Product

Box label for Shaker Blood Syrup

ca. 1884

Object ID
1957.10388.1
Community
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Description

Product label. Four rectangular panels with red-orange frames. The two larger have concave corners at top; these are divided into unequal halves horizontally. Upper half has large emblem and crest with an illustration of an owl and scales. Thinner panels have sharp corners and are divided into three sections horizontally. Two end panels are in French, while two central panels are in English.

Dimensions

8 1/2 x 10 1/16 in. (21.6 x 25.7 cm)

Inscriptions

CURES / SYPHILIS, / SCROFULA, / CANCERS, / RHEUMATISM, CATARRH, / ERYSIPELAS, / PIMPLES AND / BLOTCHES, FACE GRUBS, / BOILS, / TUMORS, / TETTER, / HUMORS, / MERCURIAL DISEASES, / SALT RHEUM, / SCALD HEAD, / SORES, / FEMALE WEAKNESS AND / IRREGULARITIES, DIZZINESS, / LOSS OF APPETITE, / AFFECTIONS OF THE LIVER, / JAUNDICE, / INDIGESTION, / BILIOUSNESS, / DYSPEPSIA AND / GENERAL DEBILITY. / A COURSE OF / SHAKERS' / BLOOD SYRUP / WILL SATISFY THE MOST / SKEPTICAL THAT IT IS / THE GREATEST BLOOD / PURIFIER ON EARTH.

Inscription method: printed

Inscription location: recto

Notes

In 1884, the Mount Lebanon Shakers filed a lawsuit for patent infringement against Smith Bros & Co., a Montreal-based company that had trademarked and sold a medicine called Shakers' Blood Syrup without the knowledge or consent of the Shakers. In January of 1885, the firm agreed that it had no right to use the Shaker name or claim that the medicine was Shaker-made, and closed. To learn more, see blog post: https://shakerml.org/shakers-blood-syrup-a-case-of-trademark-infringement/

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Shaker Museum Label, Product. https://shakermuseum.us/object/?id=23437. Accessed on June 17, 2021

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Gates, Benjamin

1817-1908

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Smith Bros. and Co.

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