Dr. Ralph and Mrs. Olga Crawford Canadian Dental Collection
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Pyorrhoea remedy comes in a clear glass bottle (a) with a seam on either side; bottle is stoppered with a brown cork and sealed around the top with white wax; bottle is rectangular in shape and rounds and tapers near the top forming a thin neck and tapering out slightly to form the lip; liquid insi…
Pyorrhoea remedy comes in a clear glass bottle (a) with a seam on either side; bottle is stoppered with a brown cork and sealed around the top with white wax; bottle is rectangular in shape and rounds and tapers near the top forming a thin neck and tapering out slightly to form the lip; liquid inside is brown with some dark brown sediment at the bottom; there is a yellow label adhered to the front of the bottle printed on in black ink; rectangular box (b) is made out of cardboard and is ivory, yellow and green in colour, product information is printed in black ink on all sides of the box; inside, there is a brown corrugated cardboard support for the bottle (c) which is 'L' shaped and has four ridges which run lengthwise.
Number Of Parts
a - bottle
b - box
c - support
Transfer from the Dental Canada Fund; previously housed in the Dentistry Canada Museum (Ottawa).
Printed on yellow label: "BLAIR'S // PYORRHOEA // REMEDY // Use equal parts of Mouth Wash and // water. keeping well to the back of // the throat working the solution // between the teeth with the // tongue. Use morning and // at night. // ZincChloride Cassia Formaldehyde, // Menthol, With their Astringent // and Antisepties // Net contents 6 oz. // PRICE 50 CENTS // BLAIR MEDICINE CO. // Toronto Ont."
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-7 Box 5 Row D
a - 15.7 cm
b - 18.9 cm
c - 10.5 cm
a - 5.8 cm
b - 6.7 cm
c - 5.2 cm
a - 3.8 cm
b - 4.5 cm
c - 4.8 cm
Unit Of Measure
(a) is in good condition and does not leak despite some cracks around the wax sealant; (b) shows signs of foxing around the edges and staining on the bottom of the box; the top flaps have all detached; one top flap was reattached with acid free tape, the other pieces were discarded due to their extremely poor condition
"Free Dictionary" website
Dr Ralph and Mrs Olga Crawford donated their extensive Canadian dental collection to the DCF to create the museum in 1997; further donations were received while Dr Crawford was Curator Emeritus at the Dental Canada Museum until its closure in 2008
pyorrhoea is the inflammation of the gums and tooth sockets and can often lead to loosening of the teeth
Embossed on one side: "Allen // OTTAWA // PRESCRIPTION DRUGGIST" on base "414"
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-8 Box 1 Row C
Unit Of Measure
Minor chips on base of bottle; minor white residue inside bottle
Medicinal Bottles. Society for Historical Archaeology
The Newsweekly for Pharmacy, Volume 41. Chemist and Druggist
This style of bottle was called the 'Knickerbocker Ovals' and the moulds took lettered plates that allowed for the embossing on the bottles.
Mr. John Roberts was one of the pioneer druggists of Canada and a native of Kinross, Scotland and one of the richest druggists in Canada at the time of his death in 1892. A large part of his estate was left to his nephew Mr. J. Roberts Allan, who was associated with his business.