Rare Original Paper-Wrapped Ayer's Bottle c. 1860, Ayer's Hair Vigor Bottle with the Original, printed paper wrapping, Fine. 7.25" high, 3.25" wide, 1.5" thick. Unlike the Ayer's Sarsaparilla bottles, which only had labels glued to the sides, this bottle was wrapped in a printed label from stem to stern. The paper was carefully folded around the bottle, then a printed band was glued around the neck. As might be expected, the survival rate of these bottles was quite low. Most of the time, the paper has simply rotted away, leaving a nondescript bottle. Here, the paper has faded somewhat, but most of the imprinting is visible, including the name "AYER'S" and the vignettes on the sides and front, as well as the printed ornamentation at top and bottom. The paper shows some soiling and scattered nicks but, all in all, this a very nice bottle that will complement any collection of Ayer's Encased Postage Stamps. We've seen one other example and that is the plate in Fred Reed's book on Encased Postage Stamps.

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