July 19, 2012
In the 1800s, two competing brands of “hoof ointment” each came in a patented, hoof-shaped bottle:
Mackay’s Hoof Ointment bottle (photo(s) from AntiqueMedicines.com)
1. The earlier patent was for George Mackay’s 1874 design for a hoof-shaped bottle.
“This bottle is intended to hold what is known as “Mackay’s Hoof Ointment,” a compound for the treatment of horses feet.
The design consists in forming the bottle in the shape of a horse’s foot and ankle…”
Gordon’s Hoof Ointment bottle (photo(s) from AntiqueMedicines.com)
2. The later patent is Robert Gordon’s 1880 hoof-shaped “Ointment Bottle and Stopper.” (The photo above must have been a later version of the Gordon’s Hoof Ointment bottle since it includes a screw-on cap rather than the patented stopper.)
For more figural bottles of disembodied extremities see: Miraculous Reliquary Packaging