Bottle made of clear glass with a narrow neck melted out of shape: neck is crooked and body has several indentations, but still can stand upright. Impressed on front so words form a ring is ". Burnham & Son wholesale druggists" and at bottom edge is "Chicago, Ills."
This bottle, made by E. Burnham & Son, druggists, was melted out of shape in the heat of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
This glass bottle is one of the many everyday items found by residents after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The fire began on the evening of October 8th on the city's southwest side, burned for 36 hours killing nearly 300 Chicagoans and destroying three and a half city miles. Items such as this melted bottle served as reminders of the tragic event.