Vintage Health & Beauty Aids
Vintage health and beauty aids are highly collectible items. These come from a time when neighborhoods had drugstores, featuring soda fountains and lunch counters. They rose to popularity in the early 20th century and were more than just a pharmacy. The pharmacy itself dates back much further, however, to ancient times when apothecaries created herbal remedies believed to have magical powers.
Mortars and pestles are the most iconic symbol of pharmacists and are widely used in advertisement. They were used to grind up roots and herbs to make powders and ointments. In the late 1700s, Wedgwood introduced a porcelain mortar designed to reduce contamination that early mortars, made of metal, brass and copper, were believed to contain. Vintage mortars and pestles are still widely collectible today.
In the world of vintage beauty, some collectors seek after compact mirrors, perfume bottles and early lipstick cases. Perfume bottles, in particular, hold a certain value to remind us of days past. Art Nouveau perfume bottles are particularly collectible. Around 1890, artisans and glass factories produced elaborate cut or blown glass perfume bottles with ornate caps. In the United States, Tiffany & Co created crystal cylinders with ornately engraved silver caps the covered the bottle’s crystal stopper. No expense was spared when it came to vintage perfume bottles.
The world of vintage health and beauty aids is vast and most collectors pinpoint on one particular subject to gather for their collections. But the mind is only limited by the imagination and many vintage health and beauty aids can be found today.