Reade Brothers & Co
 
 This page shows the 'Egyptian Salve' pots originating from the Wolverhampton area.
 
Several variations of the Egyptian Salve pots exist, some of which are rarely seen, particularly the larger size ones. 
The small sizes are quite commonly found, save for the Reade Brothers, High Street pot with the price of 13½d.
 
Reade Brothers, a chemist and druggist firm, first traded their Egyptian Salves from their High Street premises in Wolverhampton.
 
In 1877 the company moved to new premises in Victoria Street. In 1892, a business directory recorded the fact that the company began trading under the name of Reade Brothers & Co
Furthermore, in 1896 a further name change was recorded in the Kelly's directory for the business, becoming Reade Brothers & Co Limited.
   
The first range of prices that appeared on the pots were 1/1½, 2/9 and 4/6. 
The large size variation covering the cure of Sore Wounds, Burns, Scalds, Bad legs, Scurvy and Skin Diseases without the dark band around the top, shows the first price level as 13½d. 
(actually the same price as 1/1½d) The variations with the dark band around the top do not show any prices at all.
 
The pots bearing the name Reade Brothers & Co, Manufacturing Chemists, Wolverhampton show price increases to 1/3, 3/- and 5/-.
 
A new discovery in 2012 is a small size pot bearing the name Reade Brothers, Chemists, High St, Wolverhampton with the early style print, showing prices of 13½, 2/9 and 4/6. 
The pot is very similar in style to the large Victoria Street pot but has the earlier address.
 
Pot lids can also be found in different sizes for the product so the higher priced products are found in lidded pots, not ointment pots as such.
 
An article appears in BBR magazine no. 94 regarding the rare "High Street" variation.
 
 
 


Reade Brothers & Co

No prices

Large size 60 mm

Very Rare


 

 



Reade Brothers & Co Ltd

No prices

Large size 68 mm

A mid size pot with the dark band accross the top

Scarce  

Egyptian Salves
 
 


Egyptian Salves

 


Reade Brothers

Chemists, High Street

Small & Mid sizes

Price 13½d & 2s 9d

Exc. Rare (unique?)

Very early pot


Egyptian Salves
 
 
Egyptian Salves
 


Reade Brothers & Co

Chemists, Victoria Street

Large size 59 mm

Price 4s 6d

 Rare


Egyptian Salves
 
 
 


Reade Brothers

Chemists, High Street

Small & Mid sizes, 44mm & 58mm

Price 13½d & 2s 9d

 
Egyptian Salves

 
 


Reade Brothers

Chemists, High Street

Price 1/1½ 

Smallest size with the 

High Street address

Rare


Egyptian Salves
 
 
 

Reade Brothers & Co 

Chemists, Victoria Street

Price 1/1½ 

Smallest size with the 

Victoria Street address


Egyptian Salves
 

 

Reade Brothers & Co Ltd

Manufacturing Chemists

Price 1/1½  

Common

Smallest size with 

Manufacturing

 Chemists.  


Egyptian Salves
 
 

Reade Brothers & Co Ltd

Manufacturing Chemists

Price increase to 1/3 

Scarce

Smallest size with 

Manufacturing

 Chemists.   

 
Egyptian Salves
 
 

Reade Brothers & Co Ltd 

Manufacturing Chemists

'Trade Mark' at the top

Small size 

NO PRICES

Very rare


Egyptian Salves
 
 
Egyptian Salves
 

Reade Brothers & Co Ltd 

Manufacturing Chemists

Two variations, one showing 'TRADE MARK 

at the top, the other without and a 

variation of the text also.


Egyptian Salves
 
 


Reade Brothers 

Two address variations for this style of pot,
'High Street'   and   'Victoria Street'

Egyptian Salves
 
 
 

Reade Brothers & Co Ltd 

The company also produced a product known as

Indian Cerate for chapped hands. 

Here is a pot lid from the Wolverhampton 

based company which bears a nice 

locomotive pictorial Trade Mark image.  



Egyptian Salves
 
 
 

Reade Brothers & Co


The Egyptian Salve Pot Lids

2/9 size for Reade Brothers & Co

Egyptian Salves
 
 
 

Reade Brothers & Co Ltd

T
he Egyptian Salve Pot Lids

2/9 & 3/- sizes for Reade Brothers
& Co Ld



There is also a 4/6d size
 Egyptian Salves 
Egyptian Salves



Below are some images from a collection dedicated to Reade Brothers.


 



Egyptian Salves

 


Egyptian Salves

 
Egyptian Salves





There are a series of 1970's or later items produced by the potter Portmeirion copying the original Advertising for Reade Brothers & Co Ltd.
Not produced to deceive I am sure but those that have an interest in Victorian collectibles should be aware they are NOT old !
A couple of items are shown below.

 



 

 




Auction Sales
  • Egyptian Salve,  Victoria St. variation, good condition save for some staining, sold on Ebay March 2011 for £27 + p&p
  • Egyptian Salve,  Victoria St. variation, base chip, sold on Ebay May 2011 for £15 + p&p
  • Egyptian Salve,  Victoria St. variation, hairline, sold on Ebay July 2011 for  £29 + p&p
  • Egyptian Salve,  Victoria St. & Manufacturing chemists (2 pots) sold together, both good cond, Ebay November 2011 for  £28 + p&p
  • Egyptian Salve,  Victoria St. variation, Excellent condition, sold on Ebay February 2012 for  £23 + p&p
  • Egyptian Salve,  Victoria St. variation, Excellent condition, sold on Ebay December 2012 for  £51 + p&p
  • Egyptian Salve,  Victoria St. variation, Excellent condition, sold on Ebay Marchr 2013 for  £48 + p&p

  • Egyptian Salve,  Manufacturing chemists  good but stained condition, Ebay February 2012 for  £4.47 + p&p
  • Egyptian Salve,  Manufacturing chemists  good condition, Ebay December 2012 for  £31 + p&p
  • Egyptian Salve,  Manufacturing chemists  good condition, slight blurring, Ebay March 2013 for  £19 + p&p

  • Egyptian Salve,  1/3d variation, Manufacturing chemists  good condition, , Ebay March 2013 for  £37 + p&p

  • Egyptian Salve,  Rare Large size Victoria St., good condition,, Ebay March 2013 for  £206 + 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 66 to 69.