Francis Jonathan Clarke  1841 - 1888
 
 
This page shows the 'Clarke's Ointment pots from Lincoln
 
Francis Jonathan Clarke was born 1841 in Lincoln and lived for just 46 years. He is recorded as a druggist based in Lincoln and was a prominent citizen of the town and was elected mayor on four occasions. 
F.J. Clarke, born 1814, was the son of David Clarke.
 
In 1868, following great success with the business, F.J. Clarke moved to large prestigious premises at 214 High Street, Lincoln.  
During the 1870's Clarke formed the Lincoln & Midland Counties Drug Company.
Following the death of Francis Clarke, the business continued under the directorship of Frederick Brown.
 
The earliest pot bears the inscription 'Prepared Only By The Proprietor / F.J.CLARKE, CONSULTING CHEMIST, LINCOLN.
(note the incorrect spelling of the word Abscesses on the pot, the 's' is omitted). Three sizes exist,
 
There are also three sizes of the first variation of the pots bearing the name of Clarke's / Miraculous Salve and each show the company name of The Lincoln & Midland Counties Drug Co. Lincoln.  
This earlier version uses the wording 'For The Cure Of.....' and was used from around 1870 until 1910.  The prices listed for these pots are 1/1½, 2/9 and 4/6. The company also became 'Ltd'.
 
Later pots with Clarke's Miraculous Salve (on one line) use the changed wording of 'Best Application....' and omits any reference to cure. These pots were used from 1910 to around 1920.
 
A price increase is evident where the prices changed to 1/3, 3/0 and 5/0.  A variation exists whereby the prices are listed in the format 1/3, 3/- and 5/-.
 
 




 


F.J. Clarke

Consulting Chemist, Lincoln

Price sizes 1/1½  & 2/9

Small pot Scarce, mid size rare



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F.J. Clarke

Consulting Chemist, Lincoln

Price sizes 1/1½  & 2/9

Very rare


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Clarke's
Miraculous Salve

Price 1/1½

Smallest of the three size

Common


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Clarke's
Miraculous Salve

Price 2/9

Mid size

Scarce  

(Note the 2 spelling variations of the word Abscesses)


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Clarke's
Miraculous Salve

Price 2/9

Mid size 53mm on left, 59 mm on right

Same pot but clearly different sizes

ABC on left, ABSC on right



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Clarke's
Miraculous Salve
 
Price size 4/6

Rare

(Note the 2 spelling variations of the word Abscesses)


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Clarke's Miraculous Salve

'Ltd' added

Price sizes 1/1½ & 2/9

Product name on one line



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Clarke's Miraculous Salve

'Ltd' added

Price size 5/0

Product name on one line


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Clarke's Miraculous Salve

'Ltd' added

Price size 1/3

Product name on one line, Price increase following tax levy

Long & short slashes in the prices !!


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Clarke's Miraculous Salve

'Ltd' added

Price size 1/3

Product name on one line, Price increase following tax levy

Dashes in stead of '0'


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Clarke's Miraculous Salve


The two 1/3 price type variations

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Clarke's Miraculous Salve


Product name variation and price 
changes

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Clarke's Miraculous Salve


Two different of spelling of 'Abscesses'



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Clarke's Miraculous Salve


The three sizes of the pots

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Unopened box of Clarke's Aperient Pills
Prepared by the Lincoln & Midland Counties
Drug Co. Ltd, Lincoln

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Auction Sales 
  • Clarke's Miraculous Salve,  Mid Size 2/9, good cond, print a little weak, sold Ebay Australia September 2011 for £42 plus P&P 
  • Clarke's Miraculous Salve,  Mid Size 3/0, rim chip, sold Ebay March 2013 for £12 plus P&P 
  • Clarke's Miraculous Salve,  Large Size 4/6, chipped, hairline, stains, sold Ebay April  2012 for £23 plus P&P

Further information regarding the history of the manufacturers can be found in the Historical Guide to Delftware and Victorian Ointment Pots book produced by Messrs. Houghton & Priestley, pages 58 to 60.