997.17.1: Gibson's Lozenge Tin, 1898-1922

Additional Images

997.17.1: Gibson's Lozenge Tin. Front view
Image No. 1802 Front view; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Colourful decorated rectangular tin box. Held 7 lbs net of 'GIBSON'S Linseed Liquorice and Chloroform LOZENGE', manufactured by 'Robert Gibson and Sons Ltd, Manchester, England'. The lid is decorated with R & G trademark design. On the front and back the contents of a lozenge is specified 'Contain:-3% Chloroform; .312% Æther; 1.2 Muc. Linseed .03%Ol. Anisi; .0075% Ol. Menth. Pip; .075% Tinct. Capsici 10.00% Ext Glycyrrhizæ; Gum, sugar lozenge basis, q.s.' and 'COMPOSED OF OIL OF PEPPERMINT, ANISEED, LINSEED, EXTRACT OF CAYENNE, EXTRACT OF LIQUORICE, 3% CHLOROFORM AND .312% ETHER. THESE LOZENGES DO NOT CONTAIN OPIUM OR ANY OF ITS DERIVATIVES.'. The container is empty. On lower right-hand side of design on the back of the container 'HUDSON SCOTT & SONS, LTD CARLISLE' [factory producing offset lithographic decorated metal boxes] is printed in small lettering.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 997.17.1
Collection: Pharmacy-ware
Date: 1898-1922

Object Dimensions

  • Height: 22.4 cm
  • Width: 15 cm
  • Depth: 14.8 cm

Object Parts

Object Materials

  • printing ink,
  • steel,
  • tin plate

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Hudson Scott & Sons Ltd. (container)
  • Manufacturer: Robert Gibson & Sons Ltd (lozengers)
  • Owner: Mr Ross Scott
  • History of Use: Object found by Mr Ross Scott, a Pharmacist, when he bought a drug store in Lake Cowichan in 1957 [one of original B.C. drugstores]. Store fixtures probably made by 'Shotbolts' in Victoria.