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Dr. Thomas' Eclectric Oil

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Dates
1919
circa 1919
Collection
Dorothy (Zurbrigg) Sheats Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
996017001 a-b
Description
(a) Rectangular clear glass bottle with a long cylindrical neck and a screw top lip; front panel is slightly recessed; all four panels have embossed lettering and are rounded at the edges; bottle originally contained Eclectric Oil and is now empty; (b) metal lid made to fit onto (a).
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Accession Number
996017001 a-b
Collection
Dorothy (Zurbrigg) Sheats Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
(a) Rectangular clear glass bottle with a long cylindrical neck and a screw top lip; front panel is slightly recessed; all four panels have embossed lettering and are rounded at the edges; bottle originally contained Eclectric Oil and is now empty; (b) metal lid made to fit onto (a).
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - medicine bottle
b - lid
Provenance
Owned by Dorothy (Zurbrigg) Sheats, KGH Nursing graduate, 1947, and Registered Nurse.
Maker
Northrop & Lyman Co. Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1919
circa 1919
Material
glass: clear
metal: cream; grey
Inscriptions
(a) Bottle front embossed, "NORTHROP & LYMAN CO. LIMITED // TORONTO, CANADA // 2 FL. OZS."; left side panel embossed, "INTERNAL"; right side panel embossed, "EXTERNAL"; back panel embossed, "DR [the 'R' superscripted and underlined] S.N. THOMAS' // No [the 'o' superscripted and underlined] 5520 THE PROPRIETARY OR PATENT MEDICINE ACT // ECLECTRIC OIL"; bottom embossed, "N & L Z"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-7 Box 4 Row C
Length
a - 12.6 cm
Width
a - 4.8 cm
Depth
a - 2.3 cm b - 0.8 cm
Diameter
b - 2.3 cm
Condition Remarks
(a) the glass shows no chips, cracks or excessive wear; there is some very minor brown staining on the inside of the bottle; (b) the lid is missing most of its original paint layer; there are two very small corrosion spots on the top of the lid
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Other
Reference Comments
"Bottles" by Michael Polak, p. 19; "Secret Nostrums and Systems" compiled by Charles W. Oleson, p. 177; also see 996.001.334 a-d
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Dates
1900
1918
circa 1900 - 1918
Collection
Dr. Morrison Collection / Travill Catalogue / Queen's University Archives
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
993003001 a-t
Description
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 lockā€¦
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Accession Number
993003001 a-t
Collection
Dr. Morrison Collection / Travill Catalogue / Queen's University Archives
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drug Packaging --instrumentation
Drug Storage, instrumentation
MM= Drug Case -- conventional medicine
Description
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 locks; very sturdy construction, with metal
edges on all portions; handle is folded leather; pocket could be for needle and suture
pouch; lift-out trays have folded leather lift-out tabs; vial trays have two rows of
metal clips to hold vials; tray will hold 15 small vials and 9 large vials.
Two sizes of vials hold various medicines as listed; small vials have metal screw tops;
large vials have cork stoppers; all small vials have small paper labels with handwritten
labels; large vials have two with labels
Number Of Parts
20
Part Names
a - case (closed) - Size: Length 27.0 cm. x Width 14.0 cm. x Depth 12.0 cm.
a - case (open) - Size: Length 54.3 cm. x Width 26.3 cm. x Depth 13.0 cm.
b - lift-out tray (small vials) - Size: Length 24.7 cm. x Width 11.3 cm. x Depth 2.0 cm.
c - lift-out tray (large vials) - Size: Length 25.0 cm. x Width 11.3 cm. x Depth 2.5 cm.
d - sm. vial: "al..." (brown pellets) / 1/4 full - Size: Length 11.0 cm. x Diam. 1.3
e - sm. vial: "an..." (cream pellets) / full - Size: Length 11.0 cm. x Diam. 1.3
f - sm. vial: "anodyne No. 2" (tan pellets) / full - Size: Length 11.0 cm. x Diam. 1.3
g - sm. vial: "codeine 1/2 gm" (lt. tan pellets) / 1/3 full - Size: Length 11.0 cm. x Diam. 1.3
h - sm. vial: "cocaine" (crystal crystals) / residue - Size: Length 11.0 cm. x Diam. 1.3
i - sm. vial: "diarrhea base" (brown pellets) / 3/4 full - Size: Length 11.0 cm. x Diam. 1.3
j - sm. vial: "phenacetine" (white loose) / 1/3 full - Size: Length 11.0 cm. x Diam. 1.3
k - sm. vial: "cardiac asthma" (green pellets) / full - Size: Length 11.0 cm. x Diam. 1.3
l - sm. vial: "cupri crumitis/ ..ichlor & Morph/ 1/100" (grey/white pellets) / - Size: Length 11.0 cm. x Diam. 1.3
m - sm. vial: "zinc sulph." (pumpkin pellets) / 3/4 full - Size: Length 11.0 cm. x Diam. 1.3
n - sm. vial: "podo..." (yel/brown loose) / 3/4 full - Size: Length 11.0 cm. x Diam. 1.3
o - lg. vial: "pot..." (white crystal) / full - Size: Length 11.0 cm. x Diam. 2.3
p - lg. vial: "bismuth" (white powder) / 1/2 full - Size: Length 11.0 cm. x Diam. 2.3
q - lg. vial: no label (white crystal) / 1/3 full - Size: Length 11.0 cm. x Diam. 2.3
r - lg. vial: no label / empty - loose cork stopper - Size: Length 11.0 cm. x Diam. 2.3
s - lg. vial: no label / empty - no cork stopper - Size: Length 11.0 cm. x Diam. 2.3
t - lg. vial: no label (brown residue)/ no cork stopper - Size: Length 11.0 cm. x Diam. 2.3
Provenance
Belonged to Dr. Morrison
Maker
Hoff Bros.
Site Made (City)
New York
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1900
1918
circa 1900 - 1918
Date Remarks
Frank S. Betz Co. Reconstruction Bulletin, Hammond, Indiana, pp 44-46
Material
leather: black
metal: silver
fabric: rose; purple
Inscriptions
Imprinted on bottom of case: HOFF'S PATENT // SEPT. 19, 1893 (?) // SOLID LEATHER //
INTERCHANGEABLE // VIAL CASE // HOFF BROS. // SOLE PROPRIETORS // NEW YORK
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A6-2
Condition Remarks
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.
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #2
Images
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