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drug preparation scale; apothecary scale

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Collection
John Marshall Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
996019002 a-g
Description
Hand-held drug preparation scale with weights, in a case; (a) the case is made of two pieces of wood; the bottom has hollowed-out sections, lined with paper, which were made to hold the scale and weights; the top is hinged on at the back with brass hinges and has other hinges at the front to hold t…
Accession Number
996019002 a-g
Collection
John Marshall Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Weights and Measures
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
MM= Drug Compounding -- scales
Description
Hand-held drug preparation scale with weights, in a case; (a) the case is made of two pieces of
wood; the bottom has hollowed-out sections, lined with paper, which were made to hold the scale
and weights; the top is hinged on at the back with brass hinges and has other hinges at the front
to hold the case closed; (b) hand-held scale which consists of a horizontal metal bar that is held
up by a vertical piece of hinged metal in the centre; at each end of the bar, there is a round,
flat brass pan (slightly turned up at the edges) attached with three pieces of string through holes
in the brass; the string attachments form a triangle at the bottom and come together at the top to
attach onto the rod; (c-d) flat square brass weights made to be used with the balance scale; (e-f)
flat round brass weights made to be used with the balance scale
Number Of Parts
7
Part Names
a - case - Size: Length 13.5 cm. x Width 4.9 cm. x Depth 2.2 cm.
b - balance scales (held up) - Size: Length 14.4 cm. x Width 3.7 cm. x Depth 13.8 cm.
c - weight - Size: Length 1.1 cm. x Width 1.0 cm.
d - weight - Size: Length 1.2 cm. x Width 1.2 cm.
e - weight - Size: x Depth 0.4 cm. x Diameter2.0
f - weight - Size: x Depth 0.1 cm. x Diameter1.4
g - weight - Size: x Depth 0.2 cm. x Diameter1.2
Provenance
Originally owned by John Marshall, M.B., then owned by his son, Dr. John Marshall
Material
wood: brown; yellow
metal: dark grey
fabric: yellow; red
paper: off-white
Inscriptions
(a) Weight stamped in centre with a "2"; (d) weight stamped in centre with a "3"; (e) engraved into
the weight is a line around the edge and two circles in the centre; "S" appears above the circles
and "27" below; (f) engraved into the weight is a line around the edge and two circles in the
centre; "S" appears above the circles and "5.3" below; (g) engraved into the weight is a line
around the edge and two circles in the centre; "S" appears above the circles and "4.6" below
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A8-6
Condition Remarks
(a) Wood has minor wear marks; there are no cracks or missing sections; the tip of the left hinge
at the front is broken; (b) the rod shows minor corrosion on the metal; the brass pans are tarnished;
the strings are dirty; (c-d) the small square weights show tarnish and very minor corrosion;
(e-g) the round brass weights are tarnished, but have no visible corrosion
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Reference Comments
Dr. John Marshall
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Dates
1880
1913
circa 1880-1913
Collection
Alice L. Leavitt Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Home Health Care
Accession Number
010015003 a-b
Description
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…
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Accession Number
010015003 a-b
Collection
Alice L. Leavitt Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Home Health Care
MeSH Heading
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Food
Patient Care -- instrumentation
Description
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
2
Part Names
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
Provenance
Owned by donor
Dates
1880
1913
circa 1880-1913
Date Remarks
Based on "A Dating Key For Post-Eighteenth Century Bottles" by T. Stell Newman.
Material
glass: amber
wood: brown
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-6 Box 3 Row C
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Some bubbles inside the glass and potentially some minor chipping.
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Websites
Reference Comments
https://www.etymonline.com/word/cruet#etymonline_v_406
https://www.kovels.com/price-guide/glass-price-guide/amber-glass.html
https://www.airseacontainers.com/blog/the-science-behind-amber-glass-how-these-bottles-protect-liquids/
https://www.containerandpackaging.com/resources/colored-glass/
Research Facts
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.
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