Dr. Morrison Collection / Travill Catalogue / Queen's University Archives
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Black leather vial case has tooled design along edges and fold-down sides to create work station; two-side out trays hold two sizes of vials; lidded compartment is lined with purple velvet and has pull-tab opener; rose-silk-lined leather pocket has snap closure; overall closure is by two twist lock…
Frank S. Betz Co. Reconstruction Bulletin, Hammond, Indiana, pp 44-46
fabric: rose; purple
Imprinted on bottom of case: HOFF'S PATENT // SEPT. 19, 1893 (?) // SOLID LEATHER //
INTERCHANGEABLE // VIAL CASE // HOFF BROS. // SOLE PROPRIETORS // NEW YORK
Storage Room 0010
Case: outside shows extreme wear, especially along edges; handle is in good condition; metal parts show wear and are beginning to corrode, so can assume metal is plated brass; inside shows wear especially where the trays are lifted out; snap-on pouch is broken;
silk lining is in good shape; velvet lining is in good shape; metal clips for vials still hold well; stitching along edges in excellent shape, no breaks or loose pieces; inside: good; outside: fair.
Vials: metal tops have deteriorated with constant reaction to medicine; some are crusted, and others are pitted; all caps are tight; all glass vials are in excellent shape; medicine in many vials has deteriorated; appears at one time liquid was spilled over them, causing leakage and accelerated liquidification; cork stoppers are tight on two, and loose on two; excellent to good; #2: leather is deteriorating; metal corroding.
Amber glass bottle (a) with flat base and rounded square shaped body, tapering up into a cylindrical neck with a handle connecting the neck to the body; opposite the handle is a short spout which protrudes from just below the neck and stretches upwards, tapering into a small opening which curves st…
Amber glass bottle (a) with flat base and rounded square shaped body, tapering up into a cylindrical neck with a handle connecting the neck to the body; opposite the handle is a short spout which protrudes from just below the neck and stretches upwards, tapering into a small opening which curves straight out towards the side; a wooden stopper (b) sits in the neck of the glass.
Number Of Parts
a - bottle: Length 7.2 cm X Width 5.0 cm X Height 12.3 cm
b - stopper: Length 4.9 cm X Diameter 2.1 cm
Owned by donor
Based on "A Dating Key For Post-Eighteenth Century Bottles" by T. Stell Newman.
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-6 Box 3 Row C
Unit Of Measure
Some bubbles inside the glass and potentially some minor chipping.
Olive oil was used in various pharmacy recipes for home use and at the pharmacists.
This type of bottle is called a cruet, and is most often used to hold vinegar, oil, or sacramental wine. The word "cruet" was first attested circa 1300, and most likely comes from the Old French "crue", meaning an earthen pot. Related to the word "crock".
Amber, the colour of this glass, was a popular colour for glass just after the American Civil War and during the 1930s-1950s, and is one of the many colours which are often cited when referring to "Depression Glass". Amber glass comes from iron, sulphur, and carbon being added to molten glass. Amber glass is good for protecting liquids, as it blocks UV light and other light wavelengths under 450 nm, which is why it is often used to store medicines, alcohols, and oils.