Thomas Holloway 1800 - 1883
 

 
                   

  


 
 
 
There are many ointment pots and ointment pot lids in the "Holloway's" range showing differing addresses in London and New York City.
 
Thomas Holloway was born in 1800 in Plymouth, Devon and moved to London in 1828. Several years later he became involved in the medicine profession and began to market his own ointment product around 1837 from a London address known as Broad Street Buildings. Four years later Thomas Holloway began to trade from 244 Strand, London.  
 
During the mid 1850's, he employed an agent in the United States (as evidenced from some advertising in the New York Daily Times dated September 1852), to market pills and his ointment. 
Further evidence from advertising recorded in the same journal in March 1855 proves that Holloway's business in the US was well established and that his business was trading from an 
address known as 80 Maiden Lane New York. In 1878 the business moved a few doors along to 78 Maiden Lane, New York.
 
Relocation of premises also occured in the UK during the end of the 1860's, from the London Strand address to a more prestigious location at 533 Oxford Street, London where the business remained 
until the 1880's. Subsequent changes occured within Oxford Street but the pots continued to bear the "533" address.
 
Thomas Holloway survived to the grand old age of 83 and the business he had established continued to flourish after his death.
A final premises change occured to the south side of the river Thames, recorded in 1910 at the Post Office London Directory, to 113 Southwark Street, London.
 
The smaller sizes of pots are commonly found but do carry variations, some quite subtle, particularly with the hairstyles and drappery worn by the seated lady. 
An interesting variation is that known as the "boobs out" variation whereby the printers obviously has some fun when producing the transfer. 
The larger sizes of ointment were sold in lidded pots that carried the pictorial. One of the U.S. variants has a sepia print.
 
In addition to the name of the product and the boastful claims, the pot contains the trademark image of a woman wearing an ethereal white robe and flanked by a snake, the symbol for healing. 
At her left knee is a small child holding a banner that reads ‘NEVER DESPAIR’. The images are of Hygeia, the goddess of health, and Hygeia's baby brother Telesphorus, the demi-god of convalescence, who brings flufilment of recuperation and complete recovery from illness.  Holloway's initials, TH, are embossed into the inside bottom of the pot.  


Thomas Hollway's businesses were located in London at premises as follows :-
1837 - 1839 at Broad Street Buildings
1840  - 1867 at 244 at Strand
1868  - 1881 at 533 Oxford Street
1881 - 1909 at 78 Oxford Street (but kept the 533 Address)    
1910  - 1931 at 113 Southwark Street

USA Locations
  1853 - 1870's at 80 Maiden Lane, New York
 1870's - 1883 at 78 Maiden lane, New York

 
 
 
London - Family Ointment Variations
 
 

Holloway's

Universal Family Ointment

Scrofulous & Indolent Tumours

244 Strand, London

Price 1s 1½ d

Very rare


Holloways
 
 
Holloways
 

Holloway's

Universal Family Ointment

Scrofulous & Indolent Tumours

244 Strand, London

Price 1s 1½ d

Very rare

 
Holloways
 
Holloways

 

Holloway's

Universal Family Ointment

Scrofulous & Indolent Tumours

244 Strand, London

Price 1s 1½ d

Very rare


Holloways
 
 
Holloways
 
Holloway's

Universal Family Ointment

Gout & Rheumatism 244 Strand, London

Rolled lip  &  Recessed rim

Very rare    

 
 
 

Holloway's 
Family Ointment

Scrofulous & Indolent Tumours

244 Strand, London

Price 1s 1½ d

Scarce  
 
Holloways

 
Holloways



London & New York, US Prices 

 

Holloway's  Ointment

Cure of Scrofula etc.

New York & 244 Strand

Price  25 cents

Scarce

 
Holloways
 

 

Holloway's Ointment

Cure of Scrofula etc.

New York & 244 Strand

Price  25 cents

Sepia Print

Scarce

 
 
Holloways

 


Holloway's Ointment

Cure of Scrofula etc.

New York & 244 Strand

Price  25 cents

Scarce

 
Holloways
 
Holloways




 New York - US Prices

 


Holloway's Ointment

Cure of Scrofula etc.

New York only

Price  25 cents

Scarce

 
Holloways
 
Holloways

 

Holloway's Ointment

Gout & Rheumatism

80 Maiden Lane, New York 

Price 25 cents

Scarce

 
Holloways

 
Holloways
 

Holloway's Ointment

Gout & Rheumatism

80 Maiden Lane, New York 

Price size 35 cents

Scarce

 
Holloways

 
 
Note - There exists a pot similar to that above
showing the prices of 
25c, 50, & $1

 

 
 


Holloway's Ointment

78 Maiden Lane, New York 

Price  35 cents

Rare

 
Holloways

 
Holloways
 
Note - There exists a pot similar to that above showing
the address of 80 Maiden lane, same price

  



  
London Non-Pictorials

244 Strand & 
 
     533 Oxford St, Late Strand
 


Holloway's Ointment

Gout & Rheumatism

Price 1/1½d

244 Strand London

Scarce  
 
Holloways
 
Holloways

 


Holloway's Ointment

Gout & Rheumatism

Price 1/1½d

533 Oxford St late 244 Strand

Scarce   
 
Holloways
 
Holloways


London Pictorials
 
533 Oxford Street
 

 

Holloway's Ointment

Gout & Rheumatism

Price 1/1½

533 Oxford St, London    

 
 

 

Holloway's Ointment

Gout & Rheumatism

533 Oxford St, London    

Various different pictorial images of Hygeia with different hair styles, variations of her dresses, and of course, the 'Boobs out' or bare breasted version.

 
 
 

Holloway's Ointment

Gout & Rheumatism

Price 1/1½

533 Oxford St, London

'Boobs Out' variation
 

 
 



 

Various different pictorial images of Hygeia with different hair styles, variations of her dresses, etc.

 
Holloways

 

 




Various different pictorial images of Hygeia 
with different hair styles, variations of her dresses, etc

 
Holloways
 
Holloways

 



Various different pictorial images of Hygeia 
with different hair styles, variations of her dresses, etc
 
Holloways
 
Holloways


 
London Pictorials
 
113 Southwark
 Street
 

 


Holloway's Ointment

Gout & Rheumatism

Price 1/1½

113 Southwark St. London

 
 

 


Holloway's Ointment

Gout & Rheumatism

Price 1/1½

113 Southwark St. London

 
 



The Southwark Street pots were used for two types of ointment, to treat different ailments.
One pot carried an ointment to treat Cuts, Wounds, Burns and Bruises and the other to treat Gout and Rheumatism.

The pots shown in the section above were for the treatment of Gout & Rheumatism.  
The pots shown in the section below were for the treatment of Cuts, Wounds, Burns & Bruises

There are two price ranges for the Southwark Street pots, the earlier pots showing 1s 1½d, 2/9, 4/6, 11/-, 22/- and 33/- per pot.
Following a price increase, the pots then carried the prices of 1/3, 3/-, 5/-, 12/-, 24/- and 36/-.
These small pots shown above and below are the 1s 1½d and 1/3 size pots. Only the first price were in pots, the higher priced products are found in lidded pots 
There are two sizes of the small pot for the Southwark Street address, the later versions being much taller as shown in the images below.


 

The Southwark Street pots offer 
treatments for both

 Cuts, Wounds, Burns & Bruises

&

Gout and Rheumatism  
 


 

Holloways
 
London Pictorials
 
113 Southwark Street
 

 

Holloway's Ointment

Cuts, Wounds, Burns & Bruises

Price 1/

113 Southwark St. London

Two different sizes

 

Holloways

 
Holloways

 


Holloway's Ointment

Cuts, Wounds, Burns & Bruises

Price 1/

113 Southwark St. London



 
Holloways

 
Holloways
 


Holloway's Ointment

Cuts, Wounds, Burns & Bruises

Price 1/

113 Southwark St. London

 
Holloways

 
 


Holloway's Ointment

Cuts & Bruises

Price 1/

113 Southwark St. London


Unopened pot, wax paper covering

 
Holloways
 
Holloways

 



The red panel reads -

'HOLLOWAY'S / PILLS & 
OINTMENT / LONDON'
 
Holloways

 
 


Holloway's Ointment

Cuts & Bruises

Price 1/3

113 Southwark St. London

Very rare 




 
Holloways

 



A further simple looking pot that is found in the United States for Thomas Holloway is that showing the letter 'H' encircled by a snake. 
Two variations exist, one with a single line outer border and the other with a double line circlular outer border and a different type face.

 


Holloway's Ointment

No Prices

Snake design inner circle

Very Rare



 
Holloways

 
Holloways

 


As mentioned above, the larger size ointments products were sold in lidded pots.  
Below are some of the different types and sizes of pot lids showing the various price levels and the four different London addresses that were used.
 
The Pot Lids were made predominantly in Staffordshire and the transfer is printed in black. The earliest lid carries the Broad Street London address and does not carry a pictorial image.
Following this variation, in addition to the name of the product and the boastful claims, the pot lids carry the trademark image of a woman wearing an ethereal white robe and flanked by a snake, the symbol for healing. 
At her left knee is a small child holding a banner that reads ‘NEVER DESPAIR’. 

The images are of Hygeia, the goddess of health, and Hygeia's baby brother Telesphorus, the demi-god of convalescence, who brings fulfillment of recuperation and complete recovery from illness are found on the pictorial pots.   Holloway's initials, 'TH', are embossed into the inside bottom of some of the pots. (How many of you were aware of that?)



 

Holloway's Universal Family 

Ointment 

Pot Lid

 Price 1s 1½d 

 13 Broad St Buildings London

 
Holloways

 


Possibly the first pot lid produced by 

Thomas Holloway.

Note the address of Broad Street Buildings, London

Very small lid, 56mm

Only three prices

 

Holloway's Ointment 

Pot Lid

New York & London

Sepia Print

US prices, 62 ½ cents & $1 sizes

 
Holloways

 
Holloways
 

Holloway's Ointment 

Pot Lids

New York & London

Sepia Print

Size comparison

 

 





80mm & 101 mm
 

Holloway's Ointment 

244 Strand

 Price  2/9  &  4/6 sizes

 244 Strand London


Sold by the Proprietor / and by medicine Vendors 

Throughout the Civilised / World

 
Holloways
 

 

Holloway's Ointment 

244 Strand

 Price  2/9  &  4/6 sizes

 244 Strand London


Sold by the Proprietor / and by almost all / respected medicine vendors / throughout the / Civilised World

 
Holloways

 
Holloways
 

Holloway's Ointment 

244 Strand

Size Comparison

78 / 80 mm   &  95 / 97 mm




 
Holloways

 
Holloways
 

Holloway's Ointment 

244 Strand

 Price  2/9  &  4/6 sizes

 244 Strand London

 
Holloways

 
Holloways
 

Holloway's Ointment 

244 Strand London

 Price  22/- 

Very rare 

106 mm

Sadly the pot is in the state of a 'jigsaw puzzle',

This was recovered from a Victorian rubbish tip in 

many pieces, quite a few of which were not 

recovered.

 
Holloways

 
Holloways
 

Holloway's Ointment 

Pot Lids

244 Strand


Size comparison,

2/9    4/6    22/-

 
Holloways

 



Note the words 'TRADE MARK' are omitted 
from the 244 Strand address lids above the price.
No prices on the largest three sizes as these are written on the pot.

87 mm, 106 mm & 123 mm

 

Holloway's Ointment 

Pot Lid

533 Oxford Street, 

late 244 Strand

 Price  2/9  

78 mm 

 
Holloways

 
Holloways
 


Holloway's Ointment 

Pot Lid

 Price 2s 9d  

533 Oxford Street

78 / 80 mm

 
Holloways

 
Holloways
 


Holloway's Ointment 

Pot Lid

Price 4s 6d 

533 Oxford Street

96 mm

 
Holloways

 
Holloways
 


Holloway's Ointment 

Pot Lid

Very rare  

Price 11 /-

533 Oxford Street

87 mm

 
Holloways

 




Note that there are no prices listed on 
this pot lid. 
This lid would have sat on a tall pot with
 the price of 11/- on the side of the pot.
 


Holloway's Ointment 

Pot Lid

Mega rare  

Price 22 /-

533 Oxford Street

106 mm

 

 



Note that there are no prices listed on 
this pot lid. 
This lid would have sat on a tall pot with
 the price of 22/- on the side of the pot.
 


Holloway's Ointment 

Pot Lid

Very Rare   

Price 33 /-

533 Oxford Street

123 mm

 

 
Holloways
 

Holloway's Ointment 

533 Oxford Street

Size comparison

11/-    22/-   33/-

&

2/9   4/6

 
Holloways

 

 


Holloway's Ointment 

Pot Lid

Price 2s 9d 

113 Southwark Street, London

 
Holloways

 
Holloways
 

Holloway's Ointment 

Pot Lid

113 Southwark Street, London

Price 2s 9d 

size variation, 

 
Holloways

 


The lid on the right is much larger with wider 
outer band. 

Left side lid 80mm, right side lid 88mm

Left lid domed, right side very flat.
 


Holloway's Ointment 

Pot Lid

Price 3s  

113 Southwark Street, London

86 mm

 
Holloways

 
 


Holloway's Ointment 

Pot Lid

Price 3s  

113 Southwark Street, London

86 mm

 
Holloways

 




Note that in the prices panel there are 
only three prices listed, the higher  
prices of 12/-, 24/- and 36/-
having been omitted !
 


Holloway's Ointment 

Pot Lid

Price 3s  

113 Southwark Street, London

80 mm


 
Holloways

 



Note that in the prices panel, the price
of 2/6 is listed as opposed to the 
3s that is stated at the base of the
pot lid !
 

Holloway's Ointment 

Pot Lid 

113 Southwark Street, London

Three variations of the 3s lid

Standard six prices panel, reduced three prices

panel and the  2/6  -  3/- discrepancy 


 
Holloways

 
 


Holloway's Ointment 

Pot Lid

Price 4s 6d 

113 Southwark Street

96 mm


 
Holloways

 
 


Holloway's Ointment 

Pot Lid

Price 5s  

113 Southwark Street

105 mm

Rare

 
Holloways

 
 

Holloway's Ointment 

Pot Lid

Price 11s  

113 Southwark Street

105 mm

Mega Rare

 

 
 

Holloway's Ointment 

Pot Lid

113 Southwark Street

2/9   4/6   &

3/-  5/-

 

 
 
 

Holloways

 




The Pots Sizes are

11/-   115 mm

22/-   155 mm

33/-   170 mm



 
 

Holloway's Ointment 

Lidded glass jar with original contents

Green colour crew cap metallic lid

113 Southwark Street, Late 244 Strand

Price 1/3 size 

'HOLLOWAY'S OINTMENT' 

embossed on the underside

Paper label around the body




Holloways
 
 
Holloways

 
Holloways

Holloways
 
 
Holloways
 




Around the body of this glass ointment pot
is a large folded sheet of paper detailing
the directions of use of the ointment






 



 


 
 

Holloway's Ointment 

Lidded glass jar with original contents

Yellow colour crew cap metallic lid

113 Southwark Street, Late 244 Strand

Price 1/3 size 

'HOLLOWAY'S OINTMENT' 

embossed on the underside

Paper label around the body

Similar to the pot above,

 
Holloways

 
Holloways


 

Holloway's Brand Ointment

Holloways's Pills Ltd
Great West Road
London

Price size 1/3 (see below)

Lidded glass jar with original contents
Paper label around the body

 
Holloways

 
 


As shown above, the lid indicates a price of 1/3 
however the paper label around the body 
indicates that the price is 1/4 ? (one shilling and 
four pence)

For the treatment of Ulcers, Cuts, Chilblains, 
Chapped Hands, Wounds, Burns, Bruises, 
Insect bites, Boils, Bad Legs etc !

Label shows a different address too....
Manu by Holloway's Pills Ltd,
Watford, Herts


 
Holloways

 
Holloways


 

Holloways Brand Ointment

12 Clipstone Street, London W1

Price size 3s ,  47mm

Metallic lidded milk glass jar with original contents
Paper label around the body

As shown here, the lid indicates a price of 3/- 
however the paper label around the body 
suggests that the price is 3/3 ?

Holloways
 
Holloways



 

Holloways Brand Ointment

Holloways Pills Ltd
12 Clipstone Street, London W1

Price 3d,  40mm diam.

Metal screw cap tin with original content 
and original cardboard packet


 

Holloways




 


Holloway's Ointment 

113 Southwark Street

late 244 Strand

Price 1s 3d 


Paper label attached to a ceramic pot lid

 
Holloways

 


Not so sure that this is a correct arrangement
of the label being attached to a pot lid.
Probably a 'marriage'.

Curiuous to note though that the address is Southwark Street late Strand.
Normally the Holloway's lids show Oxford Street, late Strand
 


Holloway Brand Ointment

Holloway's Pills Ld, Watford

Free Sample Tin
 
Jpeg

 


This following section out of interest to readers covers some Holloway's Pills as opposed to Ointments.

 


Holloway's Pill's 

113 Southwark Street

late 244 Strand

Price 1s 3d 

Unopened box containing the original pills

37 mm diam.

 
Holloways

 
Holloways


 

Holloway's Pill's 

113 Southwark Street

late 244 Strand

Price 1s 3d    37mm diam.

Unopened box containing the original pills

The box is inserted in a large pamphlet of instructions for use sealed is included around the box, very neatly folded.

 

 

Holloway's Pill's 

113 Southwark Street

late 244 Strand

Price 1s 3d 

Unopened box containing the original pills

Side view showing the purchase tax stamps

 

 


 


Holloway's Ointment And Pills

This incredible historical document, a Bill of Lading, records the shipment of two cases of Holloway's products from the UK to Le Havre 
in France.

It is dated February 22nd, 1856

The seal in the left corner is an Insurance
brokers impressed stamp.




 
Holloways



 


Holloways's Pills & Ointment


80 Maiden Lane, New York &
244 Strand London

An envelope with the advertisement of Holloway's Pills & Ointment
in the left corner.

Post mark Dated May 16th 1857

Holloways

 



 

Holloways's Pills & Ointment

80 Maiden Lane, New York

United States Internal Tax Revenue stamp
for 1 cent


Holloways


 



In Australia, Thomas Holloway used a token coinage to pay some of his staff which could then be exchanged for goods at local shops.
This coinage was produced for two years, issued for the years 1857 and 1858. Commonly found in Australia.

 


Holloways's Pills & Ointment

Trade Token

Halfpenny size
1857

 
Holloways

 
Holloways
 


Holloways's Pills & Ointment

Trade Token

One Penny size
1857
 
Holloways

 
Holloways
 


Holloways's Pills & Ointment

Trade Token

Halfpenny size
1858
 
Holloways

 
Holloways
 


Holloways's Pills & Ointment

Trade Token

One penny size
1858
 
Holloways

 
Holloways
 

Holloways's Pills & Ointment

Trade Token

Size comparison
Halfpenny - 28mm
Penny - 34mm
 
Holloways

 
Holloways


 


Holloway's Pills

Printers plate stamp

Cast metal, all lettering in reverse

A well used item measuring 157mm x 94mm


 
Holloways



Annual Almanacs were issued as part of Thomas Holloway's advertising policy. Also safety match boxes can be found with different designs advertising Holloway's products.
The third document below is interesting. It reads " Please give the bearer Agnes Murphy any money you have to my credit from W. Judds bankruptcy, her receipt is sufficient. 
Signed - Thos. Murphy".       I wonder what that was all about?

 
Holloways

 


Holloways

 
Holloways

 
Holloways

 



 





There are quite a few Trade Cards and other Advertising items which are quite attractive. Wholes sets of cards with different themes, 
Sports and Pastimes for example. A few are shown here :-

 


 

Holloways


Holloways

 


 
Holloways

 
Holloways
 

Holloways

 

Holloways


 
Holloways

Holloways

 
Holloways

Holloways

 

 


 
Holloways

 

Holloways
 
Holloways

 
Auction Sales 
  • Holloways 533 Oxford St,  small size 1s 1½d, Boobs out variations, Good condition, sold Ebay November 2011 for £40 plus p&p
  • Holloways 533 Oxford St,  small size 1s 1½d, Boobs out variations, Good condition, sold Ebay Marchr 2013 for £68 plus p&p

  • Holloways 244 Strand,  small size 1s 1½d, Good condition but stained, sold Ebay February 2012 for £22 plus p&p
  • Holloways 244 Strand,  small size 1s 1½d, Glaze flakes, fleabites, sold Ebay March 2013 for £23 plus p&p

  • Holloways 244 Strand Universal Family Ointment,  small size 1s 1½d, small chip and hairline, recessed rim, sold Ebay February 2012 for $59 plus p&p
  • Holloways 533 Oxford St late Strand ,  small size, good condition, sold Ebay April 2012 for £29 plus p&p
  • Holloways 533 Oxford St late Strand,  small size, base chip, sold Ebay Dec 2012 for £25 plus p&p
  • Holloways 533 Oxford St late Strand,  small size, good, sold Ebay Dec 2012 for £46 plus p&p
  • Holloways 533 Oxford St late Strand,  small size, good, sold Ebay March 2013 for £44 plus p&p
  • Holloways 113 Southwark St pot lid 4/6 size, good condition sold Ebay April 2012 for £31 plus p&p
  • Holloways Family Ointment ,244 Strand ,  small size 1s 1½d, cracked & stained, sold Ebay January 2013 for £46 plus p&p
  • Holloways Family Ointment ,244 Strand ,  small size 1s 1½d, good, sold Ebay Dec 2012 for £82 plus p&p

 

Further information regarding the history of the Thomas Holloway and his business can be found in the 
book produced by Messrs. Houghton & Priestley, pages 78 to 89.