The Spiritual Teacher, Why the Shakers are Entitled
to a Candid Hearing, such document written by Enfield,
CT South Family Elder, Thomas Stroud, (1845- ). The 2 page document
asks that the Shakers not be prosecuted for their beliefs. This
original document was printed by the Canterbury, NH Shakers in
1891 and was reprinted for the September 1891 Shaker Manifesto,
pages 196-198 with slight changes & the omission of the last
2 sentences. Listed in Richmond, #1348. Overall good condition
with strong & complete print. The paper has slight corner
loss & corner folds & has a ½ tear in the
left margin. Acid-free tape has been placed over the tear. Paper,
5 15/16w. x 9 ½h., each print column, 2 ¼w.
Provenance: Scott DeWolfe
Embossed A.J. White Ltd. medicine bottle with
contents, its paperboard carton & its inserted printed broadside.
The medicine bottle retains its Mother Seigels Curative
Syrup, nee Shaker Extract of Roots label in
black print on white stock, & a red and white banner label
, A.J. White Colonial Ltd with somewhat recent scotch
tape added, & its original cork stopper & liquid contents.
The carton has a colorful orange, red, black, blue & white
lithographic wrapper & an additional syrup label. The broadside
advertises the syrup & on its reverse, Mother Seigels
About 1872, A.J. White went to London to market the syrup.
He had limited success until Mount Lebanon, NY Shaker Trustee
Benjamin Gates joined him and introduced the concept of retail
outlets selling the product on a consignment basis. The medicine
prospered & sales expanded throughout Europe & Australia.
Its directions were printed in multiple languages. By 1890, White
had changed the formula & the graphics, however the Shakers
continued to ship the raw material to England in barrels, where
it was processed & sold. After Whites death in 1898,
the Mount Lebanon Shakers continued to ship the material for
several more years. At its production height, the Shakers hired
from 50 to 70 non-Shaker workers to process & prepare the
raw material for the English market. The Shakers were not mentioned
in the print advertising, although on its wrapper, two women
are pictured within its oval trademark dressed in Shaker clothes.
Since the Medicines label states that the product
is guaranteed under the Pure Food Act, 1908, this
lot is dated Circa 1910-1920. The bottle & its labels are
in very good condition, the carton in fair to good condition
and the broadside complete but fragile & torn. Bottle, 5
7/8h. x 2 1/8w. x 1d.; Carton, about the same;
Broadside, 71/4 x 10 folded.
Related Reference: Miller, A Century of Shaker Ephemera,
Marketing Community Industries, 1830-1930, CT, 1988, Page
48, Item 97 (ref.to a similar wrapper).
Richmond, Shaker Literature, A Bibliography, Vol.
I, MA, 1977, Pages 5 & 6 (ref. to this medicine product).
The Shaker Messenger, Vol. 14, No. 4, Jan. 1993,
Article by J.W. Estes Md, titled, Shaker Made Home Remedies,
Page 11 (ref. to A.J. White Trustee Gates London relationship).