For CHILBLAINS, RHEUMATISMS, &c. DR. STEERS's OPODELDOC.——— CAUTION: The innumerable Counterfeits and Imi- tations of this Medicine render it absolutely necessary to guard the Public against the Impositions that are daily practised. Various Druggists, and other designing Persons (some taking the advantage of being of the Name of Steers, and others ven- turing to use both Mr. Newbery's and Mr. Steers's Name in their Bills), have disseminated, throughout the Town and Country, many spurious sorts of Opodeldoc, infinitely inferior in Quality to the real Preparation. All Purchasers therefore, who would wish to avail themselves of the Virtues of Dr. Steers's genuine Opodeldoc, are requested to observe very particularly, and as the only means to prevent their being deceived, that the Name of F. Newbery is engraved on the Stamps which are past- ed round the Directions on the outside of each Bottle; and as this Distinction has been made by order of the Commissioners of the Stamp Office, no Person can imitate it without being guilty of Felony. The Efficacy of the Medicine is so universally ac- knowledged in Chilblains, Rheumatisms, Bruises, Sprains, and other external Complaints, that any particular specification of its Virtues is unnecessary. Sold in London, only at MR. NEWBERY'S (the only Ware- house for Dr. James's Powder), No. 45, in St. Paul's-church- yard, a few Doors from the corner of Cheapside; and at Mr. STEERS'S Medicine Warehouse, Old Bond-street, on the left Hand from Piccadilly, five Doors beyond Stafford-street, in Bottles, Price 2s. each, Duty included, or Six for 10s. 6d. Source: The Times, Wednesday 8th January 1794
Dr. Steers's Opodeldoc
Steers's Opodeldoc seems to have been fairly reputable, but it was also easy to mix it up yourself, hence the proprietors' attempts to convince the public of the superiority of their version. The opodeldoc (a general term for this type of liniment rather than a brand name) was made from soap, spirit of wine, camphor, rosemary oil and sometimes spirit of ammonia. The Mr. Steers referred to in the ad was - or at least claimed to be - the son of the inventor.