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Dates
1950
1980
circa 1950-1980
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Patient Care
Treatment, General
Accession Number
1976.15.3
Description
Small teaspoon-sized brass finished metal spoon with modified figure of a robed man on the handle tip similar to an 'Apostle' spoon; design on both sides of handle.
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Accession Number
1976.15.3
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Patient Care
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Administration, Oral -- instrumentation
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
MM= Administration Drug, Oral -- medicine spoon
Description
Small teaspoon-sized brass finished metal spoon with modified figure of a robed man on the handle tip similar to an 'Apostle' spoon; design on both sides of handle.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; possibly belonged to Dr. J. S. Wittaker; used as a medicine dose spoon.
Dates
1950
1980
circa 1950-1980
Material
metal: yellow
Inscriptions
On back of handle: "EPNS"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D3-9
Length
11.5 cm
Width
2.5 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Shows minor wear around perimeter of spoon bowl
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
Wikipedia
Research Facts
An apostle spoon is a spoon (usually silver or silver-plated, but sometimes of other metals, such as pewter) with an image of an apostle or other saint as the termination of the handle, each bearing his distinctive emblem; a full set is twelve spoons.
The letters EPNS stand for "electro-plated nickel silver"
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dose measuring bottle

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Dates
1885
1915
circa 1885-1915
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
014002100 a-b
Description
Transparent rectangular glass two ounce bottle (a) with elongated neck curved to one side specially designed to measure out teaspoonfuls of liquid with cork closure stuck in neck; three-quarters full of opaque brown liquid; rectangular one piece tan paper cardboard box with illustrations on the si…
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Accession Number
014002100 a-b
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Administration, Oral -- instrumentation
Weights and Measures
Description
Transparent rectangular glass two ounce bottle (a) with elongated neck curved to one side specially designed to measure out teaspoonfuls of liquid with cork closure stuck in neck; three-quarters full of opaque brown liquid; rectangular one piece tan paper cardboard box with illustrations on the sides showing the four steps to measure and pour teaspoonfuls of liquid product.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - bottle - Size: Length 11.7 x Width 6.0 cm x Depth 2.5 cm
b - box - Size: Length 11.9 cm x Width 6.3 cm x Depth 3.5 cm
Provenance
Transferred from the Parks Canada Agency, via Gail Cariou of the Curatorial and Collections Branch.
Maker
Measuring Appliance Company
Site Made (City)
Providence
Site Made (State)
Rhode Island
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1885
1915
circa 1885-1915
Date Remarks
Provided by donor
Material
glass: clear
paper: tan
ink: black
cork: tan
Inscriptions
Embossed on bottle: "DOSE // MEASURING // BOTTLE // 2 OZ. // MEASURING // APPLIANCE CO. // PROVIDENCE // R. I." embossed on bottle's base: "PATENTED // NOV. 3 1896"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-6 Box 3 Row A
Condition Remarks
Cork stained with minor crack running through top; paper box has yellowed, brittle, shows minor wear, surface grime and minor stains, with minor missing areas along one side and missing one flap
Copy Type
Original
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graduated medicine glass

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Dates
1956
1969
circa 1956-1969
Collection
Dennis and Brenda Marsden Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
003050037 a-b
Description
A graduated medicine glass (a) in a cardboard box (b).
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Accession Number
003050037 a-b
Collection
Dennis and Brenda Marsden Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Administration, Oral -- instrumentation
Weights and Measures
Description
A graduated medicine glass (a) in a cardboard box (b).
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - glass - Size: Length 9.1 cm x Diam. 5.6 cm
b - box - Size: Length 9.2 cm x Width 5.8 cm x Depth 5.8 cm
Provenance
Found in a cabinet in the donors' basement after they bought the house from John Briscoe of Briscoe's pharmacy which was located at 229 Princess Street in Kingston from 1954 to 1966; it is likely that Briscoe acquired the collection during his career as a pharmacists; Cleland's pharmacy was open from 1956 until 1969 located at 100 Princess Street.
Dates
1956
1969
circa 1956-1969
Date Remarks
According to the city directories Cleland's pharmacy was open from 1956 until 1969.
Material
glass: clear
cardboard: white, blue
Inscriptions
"CLELAND'S // PHARMACY // PRESCRIPTIONS // DIAL 548-3044 // KINGSTON" printed on one side of the glass with a "D" embossed on the base; graduated numbers on the other side; "No. 60 // "Rigo" // GRADUATED // MEDICINE GLASS // Thin Blown" printed on the box top with other information printed on the sides
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A8-5
Condition Remarks
Like new
Reference Types
Book
JPG
Reference Comments
Kingston City Directories; CD #9
Research Facts
John Briscoe took over Bishop's Drugs Ltd in 1954; Bishop owned another store at 528 Princess Street from 1946 to 1954 and it had been a drug store under other ownership from 1923 until 1946; this is a possible origin of some of the collection.
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graduated medicine glass

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Dates
1956
1969
circa 1956-1969
Collection
Dennis and Brenda Marsden Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
003050038 a-b
Description
A graduated medicine glass (a) in a cardboard box (b).
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Accession Number
003050038 a-b
Collection
Dennis and Brenda Marsden Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Administration, Oral -- instrumentation
Weights and Measures
Description
A graduated medicine glass (a) in a cardboard box (b).
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - glass - Size: Length 9.1 cm x Diam. 5.6 cm
b - box - Size: Length 9.2 cm x Width 5.8 cm x Depth 5.8 cm
Provenance
Found in a cabinet in the donors' basement after they bought the house from John Briscoe of Briscoe's pharmacy which was located at 229 Princess Street in Kingston from 1954 to 1966; it is likely that Briscoe acquired the collection during his career as a pharmacists; Cleland's pharmacy was open from 1956 until 1969 located at 100 Princess Street.
Dates
1956
1969
circa 1956-1969
Date Remarks
According to the city directories Cleland's Pharmacy was open from 1956 to 1969.
Material
glass: clear
cardboard: white, blue
Inscriptions
"CLELAND'S // PHARMACY // PRESCRIPTIONS // DIAL 548-3044 // KINGSTON" printed on one side of the glass with a "D" embossed on the base; graduated numbers on the other side; "No. 60 // "Rigo" // GRADUATED // MEDICINE GLASS // Thin Blown" printed on the box top with other information printed on the sides
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A8-5
Condition Remarks
Like new
Reference Types
Book
JPG
Reference Comments
Kingston City Directories; CD #9
Research Facts
John Briscoe took over Bishop's Drugs Ltd in 1954; Bishop owned another store at 528 Princess Street from 1946 to 1954 and it had been a drug store under other ownership from 1923 until 1946; this is a possible origin of some of the collection.
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graduated medicine spoon

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Dates
1975
1979
circa 1975-1979
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Patient Care
Treatment, General
Accession Number
1979.14.1
Description
Blue translucent plastic "Ezy Dose Spoon" with a hollow handle with measurement lines on handle for fractions of a teaspoon up to 2 teaspoon, along with the equivalent numbers in ml.
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Accession Number
1979.14.1
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Patient Care
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Administration, Oral -- instrumentation
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
Weights and Measures
MM= Administration Drug, Oral -- medicine spoon
Description
Blue translucent plastic "Ezy Dose Spoon" with a hollow handle with measurement lines on handle for fractions of a teaspoon up to 2 teaspoon, along with the equivalent numbers in ml.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mrs. T. G. H. Drake.
Maker
Quanteron, Inc.
Site Made (City)
Minneapolis
Site Made (State)
Minnesota
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1975
1979
circa 1975-1979
Material
plastic: translucent blue
Inscriptions
On handle: "2 // TSP // 1 1/2 7 1/2 // TSP ML // 1 5 // TSP ML // 3/4 // 1/2 2 1/2 // TSP ML // 1/4"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A8-3
Length
12.7 cm
Width
2.5 cm
Height
2.4 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Copy Type
Original
Research Facts
Bought in a local Boots drugstore
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graduated medicine spoon

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact7291
Dates
1920
1977
1920-1977
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Patient Care
Treatment, General
Accession Number
1977.22.1
Description
A silver-plated graduated medicine spoon with marks for one teaspoon and one dessert spoon; originally in the shape of a large dinnerware soup spoon and modified by shaping the handle to form a loop and inscribing the measurement lines.
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Accession Number
1977.22.1
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Patient Care
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Administration, Oral -- instrumentation
Weights and Measures
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
MM= Commemorative and Association Items
MM= Administration Drug, Oral -- medicine spoon
Description
A silver-plated graduated medicine spoon with marks for one teaspoon and one dessert spoon; originally in the shape of a large dinnerware soup spoon and modified by shaping the handle to form a loop and inscribing the measurement lines.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: American Collectors of Infant Feeders (USA).
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1920
1977
1920-1977
Material
metal: silver
Inscriptions
Engraved in the bowl: "A. C. I. F. // TORONTO '77 // DES. // TEA."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A8-3
Length
13.3 cm
Width
4.3 cm
Depth
2.7 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
#2: tarnished
Copy Type
Original
Research Facts
A member of the American Collectors of Infant Feeders bought a job lot of these spoons from an old drugstore and gave them to members attending the annual meeting held in Toronto July, 1977.
Similar item: Dose measuring medicine spoon from Rexall drug stores which numbered 12,000 at its peak from 1920-1977. On the curved handle it reads REXALL DOSE MEASURING MEDICINE SPOON. Written on the top of the handle is "2 Teaspoons = 1 Dessert Spoon, and 4 Teaspoons = 1 Tablespoon. In the bowl of the spoon is "To outside line one correct teaspoon" and "To inside line Correct Half Teaspoon".
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graduated medicine spoon

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Dates
1920
1950
circa 1920-1950
Collection
Roeder and Szuck Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Patient Care
Treatment, General
Accession Number
016001051
Description
Oval clear glass graduated medicine spoon with circular handle, flat bottom and deep curved edges; spoon bowl is uncovered; bottom is embossed with a manufacturers logo of intertwined T and W; one side of the exterior of spoon bowl is embossed with 'table, dessert, tea' for type of measurements; in…
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Accession Number
016001051
Collection
Roeder and Szuck Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Patient Care
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Administration, Oral -- instrumentation
MM= Administration Drug, Oral -- medicine spoon
Weights and Measures
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
Description
Oval clear glass graduated medicine spoon with circular handle, flat bottom and deep curved edges; spoon bowl is uncovered; bottom is embossed with a manufacturers logo of intertwined T and W; one side of the exterior of spoon bowl is embossed with 'table, dessert, tea' for type of measurements; inside of the spoon bowl there are two lines used for measurement.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Collected by Maryanne Szuck and Alice Roeder.
Dates
1920
1950
circa 1920-1950
Date Remarks
Research
Material
glass: clear
Inscriptions
Embossed on bottom: "GRADUATED MEDICINE SPOON // No 40", manufacturing logo; embossed on side of bowl "TABLE // DESSERT // TEA".
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D1
Length
9.5 cm
Width
4.6 cm
Height
2.8 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Documents
Book
eBook
Internet
Reference Comments
Allison, Eileen Michael. Ceramic Invalid Feeders, Pap Boats, and Baby Bottles of the 19th & Twentieth Century. Canada: E.M. Allison, 1997.
Bennion, Elisabeth. Antique Medical Instruments. London: Sotheby Parke Bernet Publications by Philip Wilsons Publications, 1979.
Campbell, Gordon. The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2006. 2006. Accessed August 18, 2016. http://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780195189483.001.0001/acref-9780195189483
Atomic Mail, "Vintage Infant Feeder Dose Spoon Sipping Spoon Porcelain" Item Description http://www.atomicmall.com/view.php?id=Vintage-Infant-Feeder-Dose-Spoon-Sipping-Spoon-Porcelain_143237
Ebay, "ANTIQUE GLASS GRADUATED MEDICINE SPOON NO 40 measure laboratory cooking baking" Item Description http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/antique-glass-graduated-medicine-spoon-no-40-measure-laboratory-cooking-baking-/281076838201
Donor file
Research Facts
Collected by Maryanne Szuck and sister Alice Roeder, a retired nurse. The collection consists of various eras and types of invalid / infant feeders, infant milk bottles, medicine spoons, urinals and reference material.
By the early 19th century medicinal spoons were becoming more accurate measuring devices. Normally made out of silver, or pewter these items usually had a cover and long spout for blowing the medicine through at the opposite end for administering medicine to the mentally unstable, elderly and invalids. By the mid 19th century, the design had evolved into small oval spoons, with a partial cover. The delicate handles normally had an elongated portion at the base to stabilize the spoon on flat surface. Initially produced in porcelain, these elaborately decorated spoons were then produced en masse in earthenware ceramic material and transfer pattern prints. This cheaper production cost meant this design was widely accessible and very popular for most social classes.
These were also used to feed infants or dose medicine.
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medicine glass and minim measure

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Dates
1900
circa 1900
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1987.10.1
Description
An impressed-paper-covered cylindrical cardboard case with a central covered compartment for the minim measure, over which the medicine glass is inverted; the glass decorated with etched patterns, is a later addition to replace the original, which probably had graduated markings down the side.
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Accession Number
1987.10.1
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drug Therapy
Administration, Oral -- instrumentation
Weights and Measures
Description
An impressed-paper-covered cylindrical cardboard case with a central covered compartment for the minim measure, over which the medicine glass is inverted; the glass decorated with etched patterns, is a later addition to replace the original, which probably had graduated markings down the side.
Part Names
case - Size: Length 6.6 cm x Diam. 6.1 cm
minim measure - Size: Length 4.7 cm x Diam. 1.9 cm
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Dr. J.W. Scott.
Maker
S. Maw and Son and Thompson
Site Made (City)
London
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1900
circa 1900
Material
glass: clear
paper: green; black
Inscriptions
Printed on top of cardboard lid: "MEDICINE GLASS // & MINIM MEASURE"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A8-5
Condition Remarks
Outer case is worn with use.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
JPG
Reference Comments
Down Bros. Catalogue, 1901, p. 1075; CD #UHN
Research Facts
Purchased by the donor in an antique shop in Ontario ca. 1960.
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medicine glass with minim measure

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact12159
Dates
1890
1900
circa 1890-1900
Collection
Dr. John Tweddell Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
007006001 a-e
Description
Hand-etched medicine glass and minim measure set consists of (a) a medicine glass and a minim measure composed of (b) a container with (c) a lid, both covered in textured leather, and (d) a small measuring glass that comes in a secret compartment in the center of the container covered with its own …
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Accession Number
007006001 a-e
Collection
Dr. John Tweddell Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Administration, Oral -- instrumentation
Weights and Measures
Description
Hand-etched medicine glass and minim measure set consists of (a) a medicine glass and a minim measure composed of (b) a container with (c) a lid, both covered in textured leather, and (d) a small measuring glass that comes in a secret compartment in the center of the container covered with its own (e) small lid.
Number Of Parts
5
Part Names
a - medicine glass - Size: Length 5.5 cm x Diam. 5.0 cm
b - container - Size: Length 5.2 cm x Diam. 6.3 cm
c - lid - Size: Length 3.3 cm x Diam. 6.3 cm
d - small measuring glass - Size: Length 5.0 cm x Diam. 2.0 cm
e - small lid - Size: Length 1.1 cm x Diam. 2.5 cm
Provenance
Used by Dr. John Tweddell
Dates
1890
1900
circa 1890-1900
Date Remarks
Based on appearance.
Material
glass: transparent
leather: black
paper: green, pink
ink: yellow
Inscriptions
Printed on the cover of container: "MEDICINE GLASS // AND MINIM"; Hand etched on outside of medicine glass: "TABLE // SPOON"; "4 // 3 // 2 // 1"; "TEA // SPOON // 8 // 6 // 4 // 2 // 1"
Hand etched on outside of small measuring glass: "f 0 // 1 // 2"; "m // 60 // 50 // 40 // 30 // 20 // 10"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A8-5
Condition Remarks
The black leather covering the container and lid is slighty damaged on the edge and shows some wear; some crystallized yellow residue inside the container and lid and on top of the small lid; the green paper covering the inner wall of container is partially torn away.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
Donna Tweddell; Internet: "Pharmacy Bygones"; CD #1.
Research Facts
Minim measure was used for measuring "minims" (one drop) . 60 minims made a fluid drachm and there were 8 drachms to the ounce. Stands just under 5cm. tall.
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medicine spoon

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact932
Dates
1860
1900
circa 1860-1900
Collection
Pat Blair Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Patient Care
Treatment, General
Accession Number
996020003
Description
Oval white porcelain medicine spoon with decorative handle, flat bottom and curved edges; spoon bowl with decorated covered area with small opening at the tip and wider at the handle; small handle with a leaf decoration at its bottom to provide stability so the spoon will stand; spoon cover, handle…
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Accession Number
996020003
Collection
Pat Blair Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Patient Care
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Administration, Oral -- instrumentation
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
MM= Administration Drug, Oral -- medicine spoon
Description
Oval white porcelain medicine spoon with decorative handle, flat bottom and curved edges; spoon bowl with decorated covered area with small opening at the tip and wider at the handle; small handle with a leaf decoration at its bottom to provide stability so the spoon will stand; spoon cover, handle and top side edges are decorated with a Delft blue floral pattern known as an onion pattern; perimeter, handle and leaf edges lined with gold strip; bottom in unglazed.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by Pat Blair, whose father owned it before her.
Dates
1860
1900
circa 1860-1900
Material
porcelain: white
ink: blue, gold
Inscriptions
On base in blue: "T. // 22"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D3-9
Length
7.9 cm
Width
3.7 cm
Depth
2.3 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
There is a very small chip and two small cracks at the edge of the cover opposite to the handle; spoon shows minor wear in the gold decoration
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Document
Research Facts
Spoon made to administer liquid medications to invalids and elderly.
Exhibit History
To display in Museum: Potions, Pills and Prescriptions; May 1, 2000 - 28 Jan 2017.
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Dates
1850
1900
circa 1850-1900
Collection
Roeder and Szuck Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Patient Care
Treatment, General
Accession Number
016001048
Description
Oval white porcelain medicine spoon with decorative handle, flat bottom and curved edges; spoon bowl with plain covered area with small opening at the tip and wider at the handle; small handle with a leaf decoration at its bottom to provide stability so the spoon will stand; edges along spoon cover…
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Accession Number
016001048
Collection
Roeder and Szuck Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Patient Care
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Administration, Oral -- instrumentation
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
MM= Administration Drug, Oral -- medicine spoon
Description
Oval white porcelain medicine spoon with decorative handle, flat bottom and curved edges; spoon bowl with plain covered area with small opening at the tip and wider at the handle; small handle with a leaf decoration at its bottom to provide stability so the spoon will stand; edges along spoon cover, handle, sides, openings are lined with gold strip; bottom is unglazed with handwritten lot number in brown ink.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Collected by Maryanne Szuck and Alice Roeder.
Dates
1850
1900
circa 1850-1900
Date Remarks
Research
Material
ceramic: white
ink: gold, brown
Inscriptions
On bottom: "SC /20"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A8-3
Length
7.9 cm
Width
3.8 cm
Height
2.8 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor crack on sppon cover; gold faded; wear on bottom
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Documents
Book
eBook
Internet
Reference Comments
Allison, Eileen Michael. Ceramic Invalid Feeders, Pap Boats, and Baby Bottles of the 19th & Twentieth Century. Canada: E.M. Allison, 1997.
Bennion, Elisabeth. Antique Medical Instruments. London: Sotheby Parke Bernet Publications by Philip Wilsons Publications, 1979.
Campbell, Gordon. The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2006. 2006. Accessed August 18, 2016. http://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780195189483.001.0001/acref-9780195189483
Atomic Mail, "Vintage Infant Feeder Dose Spoon Sipping Spoon Porcelain" Item Description http://www.atomicmall.com/view.php?id=Vintage-Infant-Feeder-Dose-Spoon-Sipping-Spoon-Porcelain_143237
Donor file
Research Facts
Collected by Maryanne Szuck and sister Alice Roeder, a retired nurse. The collection consists of various eras and types of invalid / infant feeders, infant milk bottles, medicine spoons, urinals and reference material.
By the early 19th century medicinal spoons were becoming more accurate measuring devices. Normally made out of silver, or pewter these items usually had a cover and long spout for blowing the medicine through at the opposite end for administering medicine to the mentally unstable, elderly and invalids. By the mid 19th century, the design had evolved into small oval spoons, with a partial cover. The delicate handles normally had an elongated portion at the base to stabilize the spoon on flat surface. Initially produced in porcelain, these elaborately decorated spoons were then produced en masse in earthenware ceramic material and transfer pattern prints. This cheaper production cost meant this design was widely accessible and very popular for most social classes.
These were also used to feed infants or as a dose medicine.
Images
Less detail
Dates
1850
1900
circa 1850-1900
Collection
Roeder and Szuck Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Patient Care
Treatment, General
Accession Number
016001049
Description
Oval white porcelain medicine spoon with decorative handle, flat bottom and curved edges; spoon bowl and under oval edge with cobalt blue ink Delft blue floral pattern known as an onion pattern design; small opening at the tip and wider at the handle; small handle with a leaf decoration at its bott…
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Accession Number
016001049
Collection
Roeder and Szuck Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Patient Care
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Administration, Oral -- instrumentation
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
MM= Administration Drug, Oral -- medicine spoon
Description
Oval white porcelain medicine spoon with decorative handle, flat bottom and curved edges; spoon bowl and under oval edge with cobalt blue ink Delft blue floral pattern known as an onion pattern design; small opening at the tip and wider at the handle; small handle with a leaf decoration at its bottom to provide stability so the spoon will stand; spoon cover, handle and top side edges are decorated with blue ink; perimeter, handle and leaf edges lined with gold strip; bottom in unglazed.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Collected by Maryanne Szuck and Alice Roeder.
Dates
1850
1900
circa 1850-1900
Date Remarks
Research
Material
ceramic: white
ink: blue
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D1
Length
7.1 cm
Width
3.1 cm
Height
2.7 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
2016: Handle repaired with glue in two spots, now discoloured, minor piece missing on handle by base where it was reattached
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Documents
Book
eBook
Internet
Reference Comments
Allison, Eileen Michael. Ceramic Invalid Feeders, Pap Boats, and Baby Bottles of the 19th & Twentieth Century. Canada: E.M. Allison, 1997.
Bennion, Elisabeth. Antique Medical Instruments. London: Sotheby Parke Bernet Publications by Philip Wilsons Publications, 1979.
Campbell, Gordon. The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2006. 2006. Accessed August 18, 2016. http://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780195189483.001.0001/acref-9780195189483
Patelisova, Helena. "The Layers of a Blue Onion." 3NTA. April 25, 2015. Accessed August 19, 2016. http://www.3nta.com/the-layers-of-a-blue-onion/.
Donor file
Research Facts
Collected by Maryanne Szuck and sister Alice Roeder, a retired nurse. The collection consists of various eras and types of invalid / infant feeders, infant milk bottles, medicine spoons, urinals and reference material.
By the early 19th century medicinal spoons were becoming more accurate measuring devices. Normally made out of silver, or pewter these items usually had a cover and long spout for blowing the medicine through at the opposite end for administering medicine to the mentally unstable, elderly and invalids. By the mid 19th century, the design had evolved into small oval spoons, with a partial cover. Initially produced in porcelain, these elaborately decorated spoons were then produced en masse in earthenware ceramic material and transfer pattern prints. This cheaper production cost meant this design was widely accessible and very popular for most social classes.
The design, like other medical ceramic ware, was decorated in the popular Blue Onion or Strawflower designs in cobalt ink. These designs were so popular on all types ceramic and porcelain ware, that manufacturers produced transfer pattern outlines to reduce production time.
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Dates
1850
1900
circa 1850-1900
Collection
Roeder and Szuck Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Patient Care
Treatment, General
Accession Number
016001050
Description
Oval white porcelain medicine spoon with decorative handle, flat bottom and curved edges; spoon bowl with decorated covered area with small opening at the tip and wider at the handle; small handle with a leaf decoration at its bottom to provide stability so the spoon will stand; handle has been pai…
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Accession Number
016001050
Collection
Roeder and Szuck Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Patient Care
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Administration, Oral -- instrumentation
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
MM= Administration Drug, Oral -- medicine spoon
Description
Oval white porcelain medicine spoon with decorative handle, flat bottom and curved edges; spoon bowl with decorated covered area with small opening at the tip and wider at the handle; small handle with a leaf decoration at its bottom to provide stability so the spoon will stand; handle has been painted pale blue; spoon cover is decorated with orange flower design, consisting of two orange flowers, three leaves, and green decorative lines; perimeter, small opening at tip, and wider opening at the handle are lined with gold strip; bottom in unglazed.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Collected by Maryanne Szuck and Alice Roeder.
Dates
1850
1900
circa 1850-1900
Date Remarks
Research
Material
ceramic: white, blue
ink: green, orange, brown, yellow
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D1
Length
8.7 cm
Width
4.0 cm
Height
3.0 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Shows wear on bottom
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Documents
Book
eBook
Internet
Reference Comments
Allison, Eileen Michael. Ceramic Invalid Feeders, Pap Boats, and Baby Bottles of the 19th & Twentieth Century. Canada: E.M. Allison, 1997.
Bennion, Elisabeth. Antique Medical Instruments. London: Sotheby Parke Bernet Publications by Philip Wilsons Publications, 1979.
Campbell, Gordon. The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2006. 2006. Accessed August 18, 2016. http://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780195189483.001.0001/acref-9780195189483
Atomic Mail, "Vintage Infant Feeder Dose Spoon Sipping Spoon Porcelain" Item Description http://www.atomicmall.com/view.php?id=Vintage-Infant-Feeder-Dose-Spoon-Sipping-Spoon-Porcelain_143237
Donor file
Research Facts
Collected by Maryanne Szuck and sister Alice Roeder, a retired nurse. The collection consists of various eras and types of invalid / infant feeders, infant milk bottles, medicine spoons, urinals and reference material.
By the early 19th century medicinal spoons were becoming more accurate measuring devices. Normally made out of silver, or pewter these items usually had a cover and long spout for blowing the medicine through at the opposite end for administering medicine to the mentally unstable, elderly and invalids. By the mid 19th century, the design had evolved into small oval spoons, with a partial cover. The delicate handles normally had an elongated portion at the base to stabilize the spoon on flat surface. Initially produced in porcelain, these elaborately decorated spoons were then produced en masse in earthenware ceramic material and transfer pattern prints. This cheaper production cost meant this design was widely accessible and very popular for most social classes.
These were also used to feed infants or dose medicine.
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