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Dr. Bull's Cough Syrup

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Dates
1900
circa 1900
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Respiratory
Accession Number
996001328
Description
Rectangular clear glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and a tooled, plain broad sloping collar; all four panels are recessed; both the front and back panels have printed paper labels attached; both side panels are embossed with lettering; the bottle is full and sealed with a cork.
Accession Number
996001328
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Respiratory
MeSH Heading
Antitussive Agents
Cough -- drug therapy
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Rectangular clear glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and a tooled, plain broad sloping collar; all four panels are recessed; both the front and back panels have printed paper labels attached; both side panels are embossed with lettering; the bottle is full and sealed with a cork.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, from Goodrich, USA in Oct. 1993.
Maker
A. C. Meyer & Co.
Site Made (City)
Baltimore
Site Made (State)
Maryland
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1900
circa 1900
Material
glass: clear
paper: beige
cork: beige
Inscriptions
Left side panel embossed, "A. C. MEYER & CO. BALTO. MD. U.S.A."; right side panel embossed, "DR. J. W. BULL'S COUGH SYRUP"; bottle bottom embossed, "21 -"; front label reads, "DR. BULL'S // COUGH-SYRUP // 4% ALCOHOL // A preparation of valuable // and remedial drugs for // Coughs due to common // Colds. // SHAKE THE SYRUP // Doses listed // Advertising for Dr. Bull's pills listed // A. C. MEYER & CO. // Baltimore Md."; back label gives instructions for using Dr. Bull's pills with the syrup
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Dimension Notes
Length: 16.0 cm. x Width: 5.1 cm. x Depth: 3.1 cm.
Condition Remarks
Bottle has no chips, cracks or wear; the paper labels are slightly stained, but are complete and fully legible
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Bottles" by Michael Polak, pp. 19-21; "The Great American Fraud" by Samuel Hopkins Adams, pp. 47-48, 124, & 180; "The Snake-Oil Syndrome" by A. Walker Bingham, pp. 9 & 122; "Secret Nostrums and Quackery" compiled by Charles W. Oleson, p. 29; "Nostrums and Quackery", p. 336
Research Facts
This product contained dangerous amounts of opium
Exhibit History
To display in Museum: Potions, Pills and Prescriptions; May 1, 2000 - 28 Jan 2017
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