Holloway's Ointment Quack Medicine Cure-All Medicine Pot ~ 1880

Holloway's Ointment Quack Medicine Cure-All Medicine Pot ~ 1880

Code: 10631


Genuine Victorian Transfer Printed 

for the cure of Gout and Rheumatism, Sore Heads, Sore Breasts and Bad Legs

553 Oxford Street, London   c. 1880


This is a fabulous transferware ointment pot or crock, circa 1880. It once contained Holloway's Ointment, advertised as the cure for gout, rheumatism, inveterate ulcers, sore breasts, sore heads, bad legs, and whatever else ails you! This ointment was made and sold by "Professor" Thomas Holloway, the most well known of all the "snake oil" salesmen in Britain. The product was shear quackery, but the Professor was highly successful in aggressive advertising schemes before he died in 1883.


The crock was made in the Staffordshire district and is transfer printed in black. In addition to the name of the product, the pot contains the trademark image of a woman holding a cup with a a snake drinking out of the cup. At her left knee is a small child.

The pot measures 3 1/8 " wide and stands 1 5/8 " tall.  It is in great condition with two small repairs under the lid.  By far, the best clear transfer we have seen.