Alexander C. Barry was a wigmaker in New York City before introducing "Tricopherous, or Medicated Compound for Restoring, Preserving and Beautifying the Hair; Eradicating Scurf and Dandruff, to prevent Baldness and Gray Hair; Curing Diseases of the Scalp; and useful in Stings, Cuts, Bruises, Sprains, &c., &c." Private die stamps for this product were issued from June, 1865 through February, 1874. 554,375 were printed on old paper and 323,500 on silk paper. The copy above is on silk paper.
The Barry stamp was registered in the name of Barclay & Company, "importers." This frim apparently took over the Barry products in 1873. A new design of the stamp was issued from March, 1874 until August 23, 1882. 466,875 were printed on silk paper and 645,259 on pink and watermarked papers. The copy above is on silk paper.
Barclay and Company registered the alchemist design in 1881 and used it later on a label after the end of the tax period.
A trade card for Barry's Tricopherous.
A wrapper for a Barry's Tricopherous. The previous owner glued black backings to mount stamps on it fifty or more years ago.