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Collection
Desmond Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
997016071 a-f
Description
Set of two bottles of merthiolate in a bakelite case, which consists of (a) a cylindrical bottle containing tincture merthiolate; the bottle is hollow with a flat bottom and an open threaded top; a lid (b) fits onto the bottle; this lid is made of a round threaded piece of bakelite with a cylindric…
Accession Number
997016071 a-f
Collection
Desmond Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Antifungal Agents
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Set of two bottles of merthiolate in a bakelite case, which consists of (a) a cylindrical bottle containing tincture merthiolate; the bottle is hollow with a flat bottom and an open threaded top; a lid (b) fits onto the bottle; this lid is made of a round threaded piece of bakelite with a cylindrical rubber grip on top; the bottom of this lid has an attached glass rod with a rounded tip; the bottle is about 1/3 full of orange liquid; the other bottle (c) is also cylindrical and contained a solution of merthiolate; the bottle is hollow with a flat bottom and an open threaded top; a lid (d) fits onto this bottle; the lid is made of a round threaded piece of bakelite with a cylindrical rubber grip on top; the bottom of this lid has an attached hollow glass dropper with a tapered open end; both bottles are stored in a bakelite case (e) with lid (f); the case has two joined hollow cylindrical sections, a flat closed bottom (with a cork pad on the inside) and an open top; the lid also has two joined hollow cylindrical sections and a flat closed top; the diameter of the lid is slightly larger than that of the base, so the lid fits over the top of the bottom of the case; both bottles have printed paper labels attached to the outside, which list product information.
Number Of Parts
6
Part Names
a - medicine bottle - Size: Height 10.5 cm x Diam. 2.8 cm
b - bottle lid - Size: Length 11.3 cm x Diam. 2.0 cm
c - medicine bottle - Size: Height 10.5 cm x Diam. 2.8 cm
d - bottle lid - Size: Length 10.4 cm x Diam. 2.0 cm
e - case - Size: Length 9.0 cm x Width 6.3 cm x Depth 3.1 cm
f - case lid - Size: Length 6.3 cm x Width 6.5 cm x Depth 3.5 cm
Provenance
Owned by Dr. John Wilbur Desmond
Maker
Eli Lilly and Company
Site Made (City)
Indianapolis
Site Made (State)
Indiana
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Material
plastic: black
paper: off-white; orange; green
cork: beige
rubber: black; orange
glass: clear
Inscriptions
(a) The paper label reads, "1 Fl. Oz. TINCURE NO. 99 // MERTHIOLATE 1:1000 // (Sodium Ethyl Mercuri Thiosalicylate, Lilly) // Alcohol 50% For External Use Only // ELI LILLY AND COMPANY, Indianapolis, U.S.A."; there is also some printed product information on the label; (c) the paper label reads, "1 Fl. Oz. SOLUTION NO. 45 // MERTHIOLATE 1:1000 // (Sodium Ethyl Mercuri Thiosalicylate, Lilly) // STAINLESS // ELI LILLY AND COMPANY, Indianapolis, U.S.A."; there is also some printed product information on the label; (f) the word "Lilly" can be read on the top of the lid in raised letters
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
e: 0010-A3-9 Row D
Condition Remarks
The bottles and case arrived dirty and dusty; the glass parts are complete and undamaged, as are the bakelite parts; the paper labels show water damage (wrinkles), but are complete and fully legible; the rubber parts are complete and undamaged; bottle (a) has 1/3 of its original contents; bottle (c) is empty
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Blakiston's Illustrated Pocket Medical Dictionary," ed. by Normand L. Hoerr, M.D., and Arthur Osol, Ph.D., 1952, p. 431
Research Facts
Merthiolate is the trademard for sodium ethyl mercurithiosalicylate, a light cream-coloured crystalline powder, used as an antiseptic, germicide and fungicide.
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myochrysine ampoule

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact3879
Dates
1896
circa 1896
Collection
Dr. Charles H. Bird / Dr. Godfrey Bird Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
997037465
Description
An ampoule that is a long, liquid-filled cylindrical glass tube that is closed on both ends and has a flat bottom; the main tube has straight sides and then tapers to a rounded end.
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Accession Number
997037465
Collection
Dr. Charles H. Bird / Dr. Godfrey Bird Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Arthritis, Rheumatoid -- drug therapy
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- ampoule
Description
An ampoule that is a long, liquid-filled cylindrical glass tube that is closed on both ends and has a flat bottom; the main tube has straight sides and then tapers to a rounded end.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Used by either Dr. H. Godfrey Bird or Dr. C.H. Bird of Gananoque, Ontario.
Dates
1896
circa 1896
Date Remarks
This date marks the beginning of the Bird medical practice.
Material
glass: clear
Inscriptions
Stamped on ampoule are the words "MYOCHRYSINE // 0.10 Gm. // POULENC FRÈRES // MONTREAL // Lot No. 7"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A3-3 Box 1
Dimension Notes
Length 5.9 cm x Diam. 1.0 cm
Condition Remarks
No spotting on glass
Copy Type
Original
Reference Comments
Internet: - http://products.sanofi.ca/en/myochrysine.pdf - https://www.rxlist.com/myochrysine-drug.htm#precautions
Research Facts
Injected into the gluteal muscle, it was used for: adult and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and Felty’s syndrome.It is also known as gold sodium thiomalate It is effective for patients who are unresponsive to more conservative drug therapy such as anti-inflammatory agents
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myochrysine ampoule

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact4194
Dates
1980
1990
circa 1980-1990
Collection
Dr. Charles H. Bird / Dr. Godfrey Bird Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
997037474
Description
An ampoule that is a long, liquid-filled cylindrical glass tube that is closed on both ends and has a flat bottom; the main tube has straight sides and then tapers to a teardrop-shaped tip with a rounded point
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Accession Number
997037474
Collection
Dr. Charles H. Bird / Dr. Godfrey Bird Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Arthritis, Rheumatoid -- drug therapy
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- ampoule
Description
An ampoule that is a long, liquid-filled cylindrical glass tube that is closed on both ends and has a flat bottom; the main tube has straight sides and then tapers to a teardrop-shaped tip with a rounded point
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Used by either Dr. H. Godfrey Bird or Dr. C.H. Bird of Gananoque, Ontario.
Maker
Poulenc
Site Made (City)
Montreal
Site Made (State)
Quebec
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1980
1990
circa 1980-1990
Material
glass: clear
Inscriptions
Stamped on the bottle are the words: "MYOCHRYSINE // Aurothiomalate No. // 1 cc – 10 mg. // Inj. I.M. // Poulenc Montreal // Lot no 130"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A-3 Box 1
Dimension Notes
Length 5.4 cm x Diam. 1.0 cm
Condition Remarks
No chipping or spotting
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet: https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB09276 http://products.sanofi.ca/en/myochrysine.pdf https://www.rxlist.com/myochrysine-drug.htm#precautions
Research Facts
It is injected intramuscularly. Used to treat adult and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and Felty’s syndrome. It is also known as sodium aurothiomalate. Used for patients who are unresponsive to more conservative drug therapy such as anti-inflammatory agents.
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Sloan’s Liniment

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact15173
Dates
1900
1920
circa 1900 - 1920
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
016023007 a-c
Description
Transparent glass octagonal based Sloan’s Liniment bottle (a) with non-removable cylindrical black metal screw cap, fabric tipped metal applicator (b), and tan cardboard packaging box (c); bottle full with yellow liquid; octagonal shaped body with product information and usage on tan paper label on…
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Accession Number
016023007 a-c
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
MM= Administration Drug, Topical -- applicator
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- box and package
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- box
MM= Drugs -- anti-inflammatory
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
Pharmacy
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
MM= Drugs -- container -- bottle
Arthritis, Rheumatoid -- drug therapy
Rheumatic Diseases -- drug therapy
Description
Transparent glass octagonal based Sloan’s Liniment bottle (a) with non-removable cylindrical black metal screw cap, fabric tipped metal applicator (b), and tan cardboard packaging box (c); bottle full with yellow liquid; octagonal shaped body with product information and usage on tan paper label on front /side and repeats in French on one side; embossed text on recessed back; round shoulders, short cylindrical neck, round neck ring, and cylindrical finish with continuous external thread; mold lines on sides from base to top and around neck; embossed manufacturers information on bottom; cap has flat top, vertical ridges on exterior sides, and internal continuous thread; applicator consists of thin metal rod bent into ring at one end and tipped with fabric at opposite end; box is rectangular with product information and usage top, front, back, and sides; line drawing of portrait and printed signature of Dr. Earl S Sloan on front of box and bottle label.
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a - bottle - Length 13.0 cm x Width 4.6 cm x Depth 2.9 cm
b - applicator - Length 12.9 cm x Width 1.8 cm x Depth 1.7 cm
c - box - Length 14.5 cm x Width 5.1 cm x Depth 3.5 cm
Provenance
Belonged to the donor.
Maker
Warner – Lambert Canada LTD.
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1900
1920
circa 1900 - 1920
Date Remarks
The Proprietary or Patent Medicine Act was in 1908 (Canada) and required all packaging to list ingredients.
Material
glass: clear
paper: tan
ink: black, red
metal: grey, black
fabric: tan
Inscriptions
Printed on front of bottle label: “SLOAN’S // LINIMENT // Dr. Earl S Sloan // TRADE-MARK REGISTERED // 2 ½ FL. OZS. // PREPARED BY // WARNER – LAMBERT CANADA LTD. // TORONTO CANADA // No. 24040. The Proprietary or Patent Medicine Act.”; printed on side of bottle label: “FOR EXTERNAL USE: Aids in the relief of rheumatic and // arthritic pains, Lumbago, minor strains and sprains. Helps relieve // muscular aches due to exposure, overwork or fatigue. Apply one // or more times daily. // Keep from Fire or Flame. // AN EFFICIENT COUNTERIRRITANT 450H461”; embossed on back of bottle: “SLOAN’S // LINIMENT // MADE IN // CANADA”; embossed on bottom of bottle: “D 0”; printed on front of box: “SLOAN’S // LINIMENT // NOW // INCLUDES // APPLICATOR // Dr. Earl S Sloan // TRADE-MARK REGISTERED // No. 24040. THE PROPRIETARY // OR // PATENT MEDICINE ACT // WARNER – LAMBERT CANADA LTD. // TORONTO, CANADA // 71 cc. (2 ½ Fl. Oz.) // HELPS RELIEVE // RHEUMATIC AND // ARTHRITIC PAINS”; printed on side of box: “FOR // EXTERNAL // USE ONLY // Aids in the // relief of // ARTHRITIC // PAIN, // LUMBAGO, // MINOR STRAINS // AND SPRAINS // HELPS RELIEVE // MUSCULAR // ACHES DUE TO // EXPOSURE, // OVERWORK // OR FATIGUE // [Illeg. number]”; printed on back of box: “SLOAN’S // LINIMENT // Sloan’s Liniment is an excellent counterirritant. It // stimulates circulation in the congested area and // thus helps to bring about the benefits which result // from an increased local supply of blood. // DIRECTIONS FOR USE // Apply Sloan’s Liniment freely – one or more times // daily – by patting on with applicator, fingers or // absorbent cotton. This will produce a feeling of // warmth – a signal that the local flow of blood has // been increased. Do not rub the area after the // Liniment has been applied. Do not bandage after // applying because this may cause blistering. Should // a feeling of increased warmth be desired rub the // skin before your next application of Sloan’s Lini- // ment. If warmth becomes too uncomfortable wash // off the Liniment with soap and cold water // NOTE: For children and those with sensitive skin : // use once or twice daily, mix with equal parts of // cooking or mineral oil before applying // CAUTION: COMBUSTIBLE MIXTURE // DO NOT USE NEAR FIRE OF FLAME”; printed on top of box: “SLOAN’S // LINIMENT”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A1-2 Row A
Condition Remarks
Minor abrasion to front and sides of bottle label; separation of bottle label at top corner; minor scratches to front and back of cap; minor corrosion all over applicator; minor soiling on top, back, and bottom of box; tears to top of box; major areas of loss to outer layer of box, especially on the back and sides, obscuring text
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Article (online)
Website
Document
Reference Comments
Hodges, Jim. “Historical Society Curator Reveals Early 20th Century Success Story.” Sun Journal: New Bern, South Carolina, 2014. Accessed 31 May 2019.
“Warner Lambert.” Pfizer Inc, 2018. Accessed 31 May 2019.
Lockhart, Bill et al. “The Dominion Glass Companies of Montreal, Canada.” Society for Historical Archaeology, 2015.
Research Facts
Sloan’s Liniment was originally sold by Dr. Earl S. Sloan as a treatment to relieve pain associated with rheumatism and arthritis; originally used on horses and was eventually marketed for human use; the active ingredient is capsicum, which has a warming effect when rubbed on the skin.
Warner-Lambert, which was founded in 1955, held the rights to sell the liniment with the Dr. Earl S Sloan trademark.
Canadian Parliament passed the Proprietary and Patent Medicine Act 1908, prohibiting the use of cocaine in medicines and requiring pharmaceutical companies to list on the label the ingredients of any medicine if heroin, morphine, or opium was part of the contents.
The D in diamond symbol embossed on the bottom indicates the bottle itself was made by Canadian glass manufacturer Dominion Glass Company in Hamilton, Ontario.
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