Was used in an exhibit for the International Congress of the History of Medicine in Montreal; used by the North American Indians; note: crude drugs were used in Canada quite extensively until around the 1920s; habitat for Phytolacia americana: moist soils in Eastern and Central U.S.A.; parts used: berries, root; uses: Pamunkey tribe of Virginia used it for rheumatism; also for relief of pain and inflammation; current use is as molluscicadal agent; official preparation (root): U.S.P. 1820-1916.
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Dark grey tinged glossy finish over silver plated spherical hollow container (a) with weighted bottom has removable screw type lid (b) with cream cotton braided wick inserted into pipe; around circumference of bottom are five embossed floral designs applied to base; lid has fluted collar with ruffl…
Dark grey tinged glossy finish over silver plated spherical hollow container (a) with weighted bottom has removable screw type lid (b) with cream cotton braided wick inserted into pipe; around circumference of bottom are five embossed floral designs applied to base; lid has fluted collar with ruffled serrated edges; manufacturers mark on base.
Number Of Parts
a - base
b - lid
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source unknown.
On bottom, surrounding an illustration of weigh scales on a shield: "Meriden B. Company // 6L //USA"
Storage Room 0010
Unit Of Measure
a - lamp - Length 6.0 cm
b - lid - Depth 2.5 cm x Diam. 4.4 cm
Lid with one side flat; minor surfacr rust inside lid; three dents on base; three spots where finish is missing
Designed to heat an opium pipe and bowl to vaporize the opium so that it could be inhaled. Production lessened in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries because of opium eradication campaigns, and then stopped in China after the Communist Revolution in 1949. Production continued on a small scale in parts of Asia until the 1960s.
Printed on label: "Sodium Salicylate Compound"; "This combination has been used with success in the treatment of acute articular Rheumatism and serous inflammations of rheumatic origin; said to be more efficient than either of the ingredients when administered alone"; embossed with: "E. B. Shuttleworth Chem Co Limited Toronto."
Printed inside circle on lid: "SALVA-CEA // (TRADE MARK) // ALLAYS IRRITATION // SUBDUES INFLAMMATION // RELIEVES PAIN // THE BRANDRETH CO. // 274 CANAL ST. // N.Y."; printed in a band around this circle: "A UNIVERSAL EXTERNAL REMEDY ABSOLUTELY SAFE MANF. OSSINING, N.Y."; printed in a band around this: "GUARANTEED BY THE BRANDRETH CO. UNDER THE FOOD & DRUGS ACT [illeg.]"