993.147.1: Medicine Chest, c. 1820

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993.147.1: Medicine Chest. Triptych style medicine chest, with hinged lid and doors
Image No. 2715 Triptych style medicine chest, with hinged lid and doors; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Mahogany medicine chest, triptych style, with hinged lid and 2 doors in the front which swing open to reveal 2 draws in the front section and two smaller draws on each side of the door sections with ivory knob handles. The chest has compartments to hold 14 bottles, 3 large, 11 small. Of these 2 large and 2 small bottles are missing. The medicine bottles are hand blown with stoppers and the large bottle and 6 of the 9 smaller bottles have labels attached: prepared ginger, Goulard's extract [a solution of lead acetate and lead oxide], laudanum, paregoric elixir [a camphorated tincture of opium], spirits of nitre, oppodeldoc [a mixture of soap in alcohol, to which camphor and sometimes a number of herbal essences, most notably wormwood, were added] and ether. The latter 3 bottles are empty. Key missing.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.147.1
Collection: Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Date: c. 1820

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 21.5 cm
  • Height: 23.5 cm
  • Width: 21.5 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Mahogany chest with handle, hinges and double lock mechanism. Lid is lined with binding tape border
  • b) Large bottle with stopper, label 'Prepared GINGER'
  • c) Small bottle with stopper, label 'Goulard's Extract'
  • d) Small bottle with stopper, 2 labels 'LAUDANUM POISON' & 'GROVES. Chemist & Co WEYMOUTH.'
  • e) Small bottle with stopper, label 'PAREGORIC ELIXIR"
  • f) Small bottle with stopper, label 'SPIRITS of NITRE'
  • g) Small bottle with stopper, label 'ETHER'
  • h) Small bottle with stopper, label 'Oppodeldoc'
  • i) Small bottle with stopper
  • j) Small bottle with stopper
  • k) Small bottle with fragment of broken stopper
  • l) Misc. item

Object Materials

  • copper alloy,
  • drug-liquid,
  • drug-powder,
  • glass,
  • ivory,
  • paper,
  • poison-liquid,
  • printing ink,
  • steel,
  • textile,
  • velvet,
  • wood

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