Warner’s Safe Errors: “No Safe” Safe Remedies Co.

I have intended to do a post concerning these bottles for some time, but a recent comment reminded me that I had neglected to do so. I have previously written about the Warner’s Safe Remedies Co. bottles and have vented that some online sellers have referred to them as “rare.” In my opinion, only under very limited circumstances would a Safe Remedies Co. bottle be considered “rare.”

The first is if you have one of these bottles with full label and contents and it is one of the rare varieties such as the “Acute Rheumatic Compound ” or “Sedative,” then the appellation “rare” is appropriate. Examples with full labels or contents for “Compound: A Diuretic” would be desirable, but not rare.

The second is if you have the so-called “No Safe” Safe Remedies Co. bottle in either the 12 1/2 oz. or 6 oz. sizes. I would say that the 6 oz. is particularly rare. It is generally agreed that these bottles were mold errors and that the bottle manufacturer simply left the word “Safe” out of the mold so that they read “Warner’s Remedies Co.”  I have seen only 4 examples or the 12 1/2 oz. and only 1 of the 6 oz. All of the examples I have seen are amber rather than the clear or aqua, which are the two other colors in which Warner’s Safe Remedies Co. bottles appear. This would seem to confirm the mold error theory, suggesting that the error was promptly corrected and leaving only a precious few of the error bottles available to collectors. The above photographs, moving from top to bottom, show two labelled Safe Remedies Co. bottles with labels for Rheumatic Remedy and Acute Rheumatic Compund; the “No Safe” Safe Remedies Co. bottles in the 12 1/2 and 6 oz sizes and the same two bottles with their labels for Safe Compund: A Diuretic. The bottles are from my personal collection.

In the event you have one of the amber Safe Remedies Co. bottles in your collection, do yourself a favor and look closely at the embossing. If the word “Safe” is missing, the value of your bottle may have increased substantially.

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6 thoughts on “Warner’s Safe Errors: “No Safe” Safe Remedies Co.

  1. I have one of the larger size ones picked up cheaply by an unknowlegable collector. What can you tell me about the reverse safe K&L? I have one in a blob and one in a double collar. Do you thionk they were also errors or something else?
    John

  2. John,

    The large “No Safe” Safe Remedies bottle is a great bottle to have and very hard to find. I have two in my collection and the first one I bought back in the mid-1970’s from a dealer, who did not know what he had. In truth, at the time, I did not know what he had, but really liked the bottle and probably paid $20 for it. Just shows that you can get good deals if you are an educated buyer.

    As far as the Reverse or Left Hand Safe K&L Cure, check out my May 12 post on that topic. You raise a good point, which is that this mold error appeared in both blob and double collar versions. Both are very desirable and run in the $150-200 range, which is double what they used to get only 10 years ago.

  3. We found an old bottle today in the barnyard. It is an Warners Safe Remedies Rochester, 12 1/2 oz. In perfect shape. This farm has been in the family for over 100 years. Of course there is no paper label. Is there any value to the bottle, or do we have a piece of history. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks, Linda

  4. Linda,

    Thanks for your question. The bottle you describe would be considered “common” among Warner’s collectors, but it is still a nice find. I am always jealous of people that find Warner’s because, even after collecting them for over 30 years, I have never dug or found one. Oh well. Your bottle came in three colors: amber (most common), clear and aqua. The amber and clear varieties also came in a 6 oz. size. Your description does not mention the color, but this variety runs in price from $35 for the amber to perhaps $100 for the clear assuming mint condition. Of course, a label adds more value. The Safe Remedies bottles were a generic bottle used after the turn of the 20th Century by the Warner Co. The contents of each bottle was identified by the label. As described above, the variant where the word “Safe” was omitted was a mold error and those bottles are considered rare.

    You may want to check out an earlier post I did on the Safe Remedies Company for some historical background: https://warnerssafeblog.wordpress.com/2008/07/09/the-rise-and-fall-of-the-warner-empire-the-warners-safe-remedies-co-part-viii/

    Hope this helps.

    Steve

  5. I have a old mosler&bahmann safe with this mans name on it. I understand he sold them for a while. who is he!

  6. Steve,

    H.H. Warner was one of the greatest patent medicine proprietors of the late 19th Century. If you have a look around my blog, you will see that he used the “safe” as his trademark because it implied that his remedies were safe (which is questionable) and alluded by to his first successful enterprise as a salesman of fireproof safes. Your safe is a nice momento of his business. You may want to check out my earlier posting on his history:

    https://warnerssafeblog.wordpress.com/2008/03/19/the-rise-and-fall-of-the-warner-empire-part-i/

    If you could send my a photo of your safe, I would appreciate it. All the best,

    Steve

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