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Glass bottle for "medicinal" whiskey, late 19th to early 20th century

Identifier: yhm-arc-2019-036

Content Description

Bottle with embossed label for Duffy's Pure Malt Whiskey, Rochester, NY, found in domestic trash heap at the base of the hill at 7468 Dugway Road, Clinton. Duffy's Pure Malt Whiskey was sold exclusively as a medicine beginning around 1885. Samuel Hopkins Adams, class of 1891, exposed this and other "medicines" as frauds in articles later published as The Great American Fraud. In plexiglass and wood case.

Acquisition Type



Donated by Professor David Gapp, who found the bottle on his property

Restrictions Apply



  • 1900