This bottle is a rare find indeed. This is a great gift for rare bottle collectors or anyone with an appreciation for vintage wine and/or chemistry. Vin Mariani was a tonic and patent medicine created about 1863 by Angelo Mariani, a French chemist who became intrigued with coca and its economic potential. In 1863, Mariani started marketing a wine called Vin Tonique Mariani (à la Coca du Pérou) which was made from Bordeaux wine and coca leaves. The ethanol in the wine acted as a solvent and extracted the cocaine from the coca leaves, altering the drink's effect. It originally contained 6 mg of cocaine per fluid ounce of wine, but Vin Mariani that was to be exported contained 7.2 mg per ounce, in order to compete with the higher cocaine content of similar drinks in the United States. Advertisements for Vin Mariani claimed that it would restore health, strength, energy, and vitality.
Bottle measures approx. 9" tall w/out cork (approx. 10" w/cork)
Dark Green Tinted Glass Embossed "Coca Mariani" on Side Embossed "Coca Mariani / Paris, France" on the bottom. Item is in vintage condition with no chips, cracks, or breaks
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