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Catalog Number PALM 00922
Artist Hamilton, Ed
Artist Role Sculptor
Title Face on Patent Medicine Bottle (Dr. John Bull's Patent Medicine)
Description Wood and wax carved walking stick with a base of 13" high of carved wood in a spiral pattern. That is followed by a 9.75" carving with six ridges and gulleys. The gulleys are cut with numerous horizontal hatch marks. Following that are two rows of spheres approximately .75" in diameter. Stretching up in a spiral motion for the next 15" are thick ridges resembling a type of natural growth of flowing motion. Extending from this is a rectangular medicine bottle with a face protruding out of it. The face is represented from the cheek bones down to the chin. The bottle is approximately 6.5" tall with a neck and lip. On the right side of the bottle is engraved "Dr. John Bull." On the back it is engraved, "Cedron Bitters".
Provenance Used to create the molds on the tree guards representing Dr. John Bull's Patent Medicine at 821-823 West Main Street in Louisville, Kentucky.
Dimensions H-44.5 W-4 inches
Material Wood/Paint/Varnish/Wax/Putty/Stain
Medium Wood
Technique Carving
Location Metro Development Center, 444 S. Fifth Street, Sixth Floor, by appointment
Signed Name Ed Hamilton
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