Antique Bottles #2 - Hagan's Magnolia Balm

  • Posted on: 13 December 2016
  • By: Gina

So, I’m back, with another bottle’s history. Ever hear of “balm”? Don’t feel bad if you haven’t. Most of us today call it Moisterizer. But back in the 1800’s when you needed to treat your complexion or any skin areas to a treatment that would heal that dry skin and make it feel softer, or try to calm a rash, soften a healing sore, you used a balm. And there were plenty of companies who produced balms. The bottle we are featuring in article 2 is HAGAN’S MAGNOLIA BALM.


It came in a nice opaque white milk glass bottle, hand blown in a mold. It is 5” tall and the name Hagan’s Magnolia Balm is embossed on the front of the bottle. Back in the 1860’s when this balm was popular it sold for 75 cents per bottle. This little bottle in my collection stands on a rosewood antique cabinet in my powder room next to an old glass hurricane lamp, a beautiful blood red silk rose, a miniature gold and burgundy 17th century shoe, and a small book of photographs of Venice, Italy.


There are many antique bottles out there in the world, and some of them are very unique in shape and color, not to mention what they're contents used to be. Some are plain, but some have writing embossed on them telling where the bottle came from and what used to be in it. Some perfectly preserved ones even have a label. What do you want old bottles for? They make very unique accessories in your home decor. On a book shelf next to a couple of those hard cover books you splurged on and now can't stand to give away. Near an old doll that once sat on your bed, or belonged to your mother or grandmother, or your daughter. In the kitchen in one corner of the counter, maybe with another old piece of china, like a prized cream pitcher, a nesting hen, or just small plant or vase of flowers. Hagan’s Magnolia Balm bottle’s present day worth….approximately $25 to $30.00.

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