993.260.1: Redding's Russia Salve, c. 1936

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993.260.1: Redding's Russia Salve.
Image No. 3021 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Tin of 'Redding's Russia Salve' in a box. Consists of a round tin containing brown ointment, with an embossed design on the lid depicting a battle scene [horse, gun, part of canon, officer treating injured soldier], scene also repeated on one side of the box. Name and address of manufacturer also embossed on the lid. Folded in the box is a leaflet with directions for use and a special notice of change to metal container...'We have now adopted a larger and improved metal container'.
In 1864, Harper’s Weekly was running an advertisement for Redding’s Russia Salve, a “happy combination” of yellow wax, sweet oil and glycerine produced by a Boston firm. The ad read: “A Real Pain Extractor. It reduces the most angry-looking Swellings and inflamations, heals old Sores, Wounds, Burns, Scalds, &c., &c., as if by magic. Only 25 cents a box.” "Striving for Muscovite atmosphere, the Redding stamp, a one cent black, depicts a Cossack who has dismounted and is dressing the wounds of another Cossack while his horse stands beside them in the snow. A rifle leans dangerously against the horse". Box dimensions given.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.260.1
Collection: Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Date: c. 1936

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 6 cm
  • Height: 2.5 cm
  • Width: 5.2 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Lidded container containing ointment
  • b) Box
  • c) Directions of use leaflet
  • d) Special Notice sheet

Object Materials

  • cardboard,
  • ointment,
  • paper,
  • printing ink,
  • steel

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Redding & Company