19th Century Vaseline


An intact vaseline bottle found through surface collections with lid still on.

Originally created and still used today as a petroleum-based ointment to treat minor wounds and bruising, Vaseline was originally trademarked in Chesebrough, New York in 1877. It was invented by Robert Augustus Chesebrough. The original packaging was hand blown, with a cork stopped design, however as developments in bottle manufacturing shifted so did the design. The company transitioned to threaded bottles with metal tops in 1908 when they began to use a mixture of automated processes to construct and fill the bottles. This recommends that the bottle found on site was most likely manufactured between 1908 and 1910.