Steampunk apothecary bottles were an essential part of the traveling medicine shows that were a colorful part of the wild west in the late 1800s. You can find printable apothecary labels to pop on these bottles to mimic whatever snake oil you want to sell.
A traveling medicine man is certainly an interesting costume choice for any steampunk occasion.
These apothecary bottles and labels also make great pieces of steampunk inspired home decor or could even be used as props for a Halloween party.
Whatever the reason that you want some antique apothecary bottles you’ve come to the right place for a great selection, in a hurry?
Contents At A Glance
If you’ve ever seen a movie based in the wild west (or a television show) that features a travelling medicine show you’ll remember the clink sound in the wagon – that’s caused by the collection of glass bottles.
No matter what miracle cure you’re spruiking you want to make sure that the bottles are glass or you can’t call them Steampunk (or Victorian or antique for that matter!)
Of course most of the vintage glass apothecary bottles weren’t clear, they were mostly brown or green so these antique glass bottles are a much more perfect fit –
16 oz Amber Glass Boston Round Bottle with Cork StopperAntique Styled Glass Apothecary Bottles (Green), (Set of 12)Apothecary Recycled Glass Bottle with Glass Top, Dark AmberRed Glass Bottle Apothecary Style with Cork (Teardrop)Gold Mercury Finish Boutique Glass Bottle, Medium8 oz Cobalt Blue Glass Boston Round Bottle with Cork Stopper
Of course if you’re looking for some apothecary bottles for a touch of steampunk home decor (or as props for Halloween or a steampunk gathering) then you might want to look at some of the apothecary sets that are available.
These sets are perfect for adding a touch of steampunk with some Victoriana inspired or steampunk inspired labels.
Just add the perfect label and fill with whatever you want. If you’re using them as a ‘prop’ for Halloween party you could add bliss balls or skittles (or other confectionery) with a name like Lung Elixir or Good Health Tonic. Alternatively decant liquors like Blue Curacao into them and label them with Dr Smythe’s Amazing Medicine and add shots to glasses to make cocktails.
As home decor you can also have a lot of fun with them, the labels and contents can depend on what part of your home you display these apothecary jars in.
There are a variety of steampunk apothecary labels that you can buy in packs and just stick on to bottles or jars to create your very own ‘medicine kit’ for our own travelling medicine show. One good thing about these labels is that you can get them with names already on them (very handy if you’re not good at thinking up names).
The image of the two bottles (above) show a couple of different types of steampunk labels that you can buy which I think are pretty cool. Here’s a few available to purchase –
Halloween steampunk apothecary large bottle labels stickers laminated ready to useLarge colorful steampunk grunge apothecary bottle labels for Halloween (set of 6)Steampunk inspired apothecary bottle label stickers (set of 6) for Halloween
Of course you can always get your own printable apothecary labels and I think this is the way to go. You download them which means you can print them off as many times as you like and there are lots of them to choose from.
I like the blank ones that you see here, as they can be used to label every day things in your cupboard as well as Halloween props and your Victorian inspired apothecary bottles.
There are lots of other steampunk or vintage inspired printable labels for apothecary bottles available and I’ve selected three of my favorites for you to choose from.
Really ‘spook’ things up this Halloween with these next labels on some apothecary bottles. This downloadable printable has 8 creepy specimen jar style of labels with macabre images of scorpions, skulls etc – check them out….
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