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Object ID 001262

Object Name Watkin's Wintergreen Flavor Bottle

Object Desc An empty clear glass bottle that used to contain wintergreen flavor made by the J.R. Watkin's Co.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001080

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Spices/Flavorings


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords wintergreen,J. R. Watkins Co.,baking,extracts,bottles,flavoring,Watkins (brand),

Title Wintergreen Flavor Bottle

Description A clear, empty, glass bottle that used to contain Watkin's Wintergreen Flavor extract. It has a broken cork. The label is black and a faded green. The label says "Watkin's 4.5oz Wintergreen Flavor 4/10ths standard strength." All of this is written in Black. Then there is an image of J.R. Watkin's with his signature below his picture. Near the bottom it says it was made by the J.R. Watkin's Co. and Proprietors of Watkin's Remedies in Winnoia, MN, USA. On the backside it has embossed word "Watkins." The bottom of the bottle is blank.


Approx Collection Date

Height 6

Length 2.25

Width 1.25

Depth 0

Diameter 0.75

Circumference 2.75

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker J. R. Watkins Co.

Maker Details In 1868, working out of his Plainview, Minn., home, J.R. Watkins made the one-of-a-kind pain reliever with camphor from evergreen trees and capsicum from red peppers. Watkins first introduced the Trial-Mark Bottle and America’s first money-back guarantee in 1869. Relying on door-to-door sales, Watkins gave customers a risk-free way to try his products by adding a molded trial mark to each bottle. By 1895 The expanded line up included Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Ginger, Cloves, Peppermint Extract, and Lemon Extract. In 1928 J.R.Watkins Company wins gold medals at the International Exposition for its Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon and Black Pepper medals you can still see on our packaging today. The company still exists today and uses many of the same products that it started out with.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001080



Date JAN 19,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes The label is in somewhat good condition with a few rips. However, the label is taped on with clear tape all over the label and to remove it would ruin the label. The bottle has a crack near the opening that seems to be within the glass. The cork is broken and cannot be removed. Also, some edge wear along the bottom of the bottle.