This June of 2017, I was clearing old duct work, and insulating my 110+ year old cellar when I came about a high corner stuffed with well-aged 1930's newspapers. They were wadded up behind a sewer pipe. As I pulled them out, I heard a glass rattle. Hello.
This was hidden quite well by whomever drank from it. Alcohol was a significant ingredient in extracts and herbal remedies of the past. Some people drank them to get high. Say what!?
"Where did my vanilla extract go," asked the bewildered wife. "This is the third bottle gone missing!"
At least, that is what my imagination heard in my old house.
Finding this was plain old fun. The following is from my June 2016 post, one year ago. Go there to read more on Hartshorn.
Dr. Edward Hartshorn (b.1817; born in Gloucester, MA). 1840 graduate Harvard Medical School. He practiced medicine in Berlin, MA. until ill health when he manufactured over 60 types of medicines and flavor extracts. Business was moved to Boston by 1867. He gave the business to his son in 1895 when the Berlin office was closed. So much for the doctor being ill early on... manufacturing made him wealthy and healthy for several more decades! There are several bottle styles online at www.antiquemedicines.com
Also google for an extensive history: http://www.hartshorn.us/Family/dartmouth.htm (Dartmouth.edu)