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Collection
Desmond Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
997016071 a-f
Description
Set of two bottles of merthiolate in a bakelite case, which consists of (a) a cylindrical bottle containing tincture merthiolate; the bottle is hollow with a flat bottom and an open threaded top; a lid (b) fits onto the bottle; this lid is made of a round threaded piece of bakelite with a cylindric…
Accession Number
997016071 a-f
Collection
Desmond Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Antifungal Agents
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Set of two bottles of merthiolate in a bakelite case, which consists of (a) a cylindrical bottle containing tincture merthiolate; the bottle is hollow with a flat bottom and an open threaded top; a lid (b) fits onto the bottle; this lid is made of a round threaded piece of bakelite with a cylindrical rubber grip on top; the bottom of this lid has an attached glass rod with a rounded tip; the bottle is about 1/3 full of orange liquid; the other bottle (c) is also cylindrical and contained a solution of merthiolate; the bottle is hollow with a flat bottom and an open threaded top; a lid (d) fits onto this bottle; the lid is made of a round threaded piece of bakelite with a cylindrical rubber grip on top; the bottom of this lid has an attached hollow glass dropper with a tapered open end; both bottles are stored in a bakelite case (e) with lid (f); the case has two joined hollow cylindrical sections, a flat closed bottom (with a cork pad on the inside) and an open top; the lid also has two joined hollow cylindrical sections and a flat closed top; the diameter of the lid is slightly larger than that of the base, so the lid fits over the top of the bottom of the case; both bottles have printed paper labels attached to the outside, which list product information.
Number Of Parts
6
Part Names
a - medicine bottle - Size: Height 10.5 cm x Diam. 2.8 cm
b - bottle lid - Size: Length 11.3 cm x Diam. 2.0 cm
c - medicine bottle - Size: Height 10.5 cm x Diam. 2.8 cm
d - bottle lid - Size: Length 10.4 cm x Diam. 2.0 cm
e - case - Size: Length 9.0 cm x Width 6.3 cm x Depth 3.1 cm
f - case lid - Size: Length 6.3 cm x Width 6.5 cm x Depth 3.5 cm
Provenance
Owned by Dr. John Wilbur Desmond
Maker
Eli Lilly and Company
Site Made (City)
Indianapolis
Site Made (State)
Indiana
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Material
plastic: black
paper: off-white; orange; green
cork: beige
rubber: black; orange
glass: clear
Inscriptions
(a) The paper label reads, "1 Fl. Oz. TINCURE NO. 99 // MERTHIOLATE 1:1000 // (Sodium Ethyl Mercuri Thiosalicylate, Lilly) // Alcohol 50% For External Use Only // ELI LILLY AND COMPANY, Indianapolis, U.S.A."; there is also some printed product information on the label; (c) the paper label reads, "1 Fl. Oz. SOLUTION NO. 45 // MERTHIOLATE 1:1000 // (Sodium Ethyl Mercuri Thiosalicylate, Lilly) // STAINLESS // ELI LILLY AND COMPANY, Indianapolis, U.S.A."; there is also some printed product information on the label; (f) the word "Lilly" can be read on the top of the lid in raised letters
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
e: 0010-A3-9 Row D
Condition Remarks
The bottles and case arrived dirty and dusty; the glass parts are complete and undamaged, as are the bakelite parts; the paper labels show water damage (wrinkles), but are complete and fully legible; the rubber parts are complete and undamaged; bottle (a) has 1/3 of its original contents; bottle (c) is empty
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Blakiston's Illustrated Pocket Medical Dictionary," ed. by Normand L. Hoerr, M.D., and Arthur Osol, Ph.D., 1952, p. 431
Research Facts
Merthiolate is the trademard for sodium ethyl mercurithiosalicylate, a light cream-coloured crystalline powder, used as an antiseptic, germicide and fungicide.
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Dates
1940
1960
circa 1940-1960
Collection
Joanne Hawley Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
004040003 a-b
Description
Blue glass general antiseptic bottle of mercurochrome consists of an empty (a) glass bottle and a screw style (b) cap with attached glass rod to apply solution; paper label has bilingual information.
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Accession Number
004040003 a-b
Collection
Joanne Hawley Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Disinfection
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Description
Blue glass general antiseptic bottle of mercurochrome consists of an empty (a) glass bottle and a screw style (b) cap with attached glass rod to apply solution; paper label has bilingual information.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - bottle
b - cap
Provenance
Used in Joanne Hawley's family.
Maker
Northrop & Lyman Company
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1940
1960
circa 1940-1960
Date Remarks
Based on donor's remarks
Material
glass: blue, transparent
plastic: black
paper: off white
ink: blue
Inscriptions
Printed on the label affixed to bottle: "MERCURO // CHROME // REQ. U.S. PAT OFF. // 2% SOLUTION // Dibrom Oxymercuri // fluorescein // A General Antiseptic // For First Aid // In Place of Lodine. // Northrop & Lyman Co. // Limited // Toronto Canada"; " Prepared from // Genuine Mercurochrome H. W. & D // Mercurochrome is preferred to lodine // as it does not burn irritate or injure // the tissues. // Apply the solution with the glass rod // attached to the cork // 1/2 FLUID OUNCE"; embossed on bottom of bottle: "6 // 7011-A"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-4 Box 2 Row E
Length
a - 2.5 cm
Width
a - 2.5 cm
Depth
a - 6.5 cm b - 5.5 cm
Diameter
b - 2.0 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Label is worn and edges torn in a few places; some residue on glass rod and cap.
Copy Type
Original
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Dates
1900
circa 1900
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
996001306 a-b
Description
(a) Small oval amber glass bottle with long cylindrical screw-top neck; the front panel of the bottle has 9 vertical ridges; (b) screw-top black bakelite cap with long cylindrical clear glass rod attached to centre inside.
Accession Number
996001306 a-b
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Iodine
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Poisons
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
(a) Small oval amber glass bottle with long cylindrical screw-top neck; the front panel of the bottle has 9 vertical ridges; (b) screw-top black bakelite cap with long cylindrical clear glass rod attached to centre inside.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - bottle
b - cap
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M Chiong for his patent medicine collection, in Kingston in Sept.1993.
Dates
1900
circa 1900
Material
glass: yellow; clear
plastic: black
Inscriptions
Front embossed "1 oz" and has 9 vertical raised ridges; bottom back has embossed "3"; bottom of bottle has an embossed "D" in a diamond, a square design (a square with a "+" inside, divided into 4 smaller squares) and the number "4"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-6 Box 2 Row C
Dimension Notes
a - medicine bottle - Size: Length 8.9 cm. x Width 3.8 cm. x Depth 2.2 cm.
b - cap (with glass rod) - Size: Length 7.2 cm. x Diameter 2.0 cm.
Condition Remarks
Bottle has no chips, cracks or scratches; bottle insides contain medicine residue and a strong smell of iodine; lid is complete, with no cracks or chips; iodine residue can be seen on glass rod
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Document
Reference Comments
See label from Dr. Chiong's exhibit formerly at Bracken Library; "Bottles" by Michael Polak,
p. 19
Research Facts
Poison bottle (iodine); odd embossing on surface designed for easy identific ation in the
home at night
Exhibit History
On exhibit at the Museum of Health Care in the East Gallery, small cases #1 and #2 - May 30, 2007 - March 9, 2009.
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Dates
1925
1935
1925-1935
Collection
Dr. Sam Cronk Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
999014005
Description
An empty rectangular amber glass bottle tapering to a pronounced lip; paper labels on the front and back; closure by a cork which cannot be removed.
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Accession Number
999014005
Collection
Dr. Sam Cronk Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Wounds and Injuries
Phenol
Disinfection
Antisepsis
Description
An empty rectangular amber glass bottle tapering to a pronounced lip; paper labels on the front and back; closure by a cork which cannot be removed.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by Dr. Sam Cronk of Belleville, Ontario.
Maker
J. F. Hartz
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1925
1935
1925-1935
Date Remarks
Donor remarks.
Material
glass: amber
cork: brown
paper: white
ink: black, red, orange
Inscriptions
Printed on front label: "(POISON) // LIQUEFIED // Carbolic Acid // Phenol Liquefactum // B.P. 1932 // Dose: One to three minims. // POISON // THE J. F. HARTZ Co LIMITED // PHYSICIANS' SUPPLIES // TORONTO MONTREAL".
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A3-2 Row B
Dimension Notes
Length 20.4 cm x Width 6.3 cm x Depth 6.3 cm
Condition Remarks
Staining and tearing on the back label.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
Queens Senate Medical School Scholarships Web site; Detroit Hartz Building Web site
Research Facts
Dr. Sam Cronk graduated from Queens Medical School in 1915; his son, Dr. L. Bruce Cronk, who donated this bottle also graduated from Queens Medical School in 1946; The J.F. Hartz Company was originally founded in 1897 as a medical supply company specializing in imported German medical instruments, doctors’ supplies and pharmaceuticals
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Rugby Silver Nitrate Applicators

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact15208
Dates
1970
1992
circa 1970 - 1992
Collection
Mutter Museum
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
Accession Number
012004004 a-f
Description
Cylindrical transparent amber plastic container tube (a) containing set of 36 cylindrical tan wooden Rugby Silver Nitrate Applicators (e) with removable cylindrical plastic stopper (b) rolled rectangular paper label with product information (c) rolled rectangular paper with instructions printed (d)…
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Accession Number
012004004 a-f
Collection
Mutter Museum
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
MeSH Heading
Silver Nitrate -- therapeutic use
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Antisepsis
MM= Administration Drug, Topical -- applicator
MM= Drug Packaging -- container
MM= Drugs -- container
MM= Drugs -- topical
MM= Drugs -- topical -- container
Drug Packaging
Drug Storage
Drugs -- topical -- container
Description
Cylindrical transparent amber plastic container tube (a) containing set of 36 cylindrical tan wooden Rugby Silver Nitrate Applicators (e) with removable cylindrical plastic stopper (b) rolled rectangular paper label with product information (c) rolled rectangular paper with instructions printed (d) and irregular cylinder wax paper bundle (f); base of container has circular push up; interior sides covered with paper product label and instructions; mold line on side from base to top; bottom of stopper inserted into top of tube; top of stopper is flat with a small triangular projection and four concentric circles on exterior surface; applicator sticks are thin and have one black tip
Number Of Parts
6
Part Names
a – container – Length 17.1 cm Diameter 3.6 cm
b – cap – Length 4.1 cm Diameter 3.6 cm
c – label – Length 15.1 cm Width 9.9 cm
d – instructions – Length 14.1 cm Width 10.8 cm
e – applicators – Length 1.6 cm Diameter 0.2 cm
f – wax bundle - – Length 1.7 cm Diameter 3.6 cm
Provenance
Deaccessioned items from the Mütter Museum.
Maker
Rugby Laboratories, INC.
Site Made (City)
New York
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
U. S. A.
Dates
1970
1992
circa 1970 - 1992
Date Remarks
Website of Rugby Laboratories claims over 40 years of history; end date year originally accessioned
Material
plastic: amber, white
paper: cream
ink: black
Inscriptions
Printed on label in black ink: “NDC# 0536-0930-01 // RUGBY // SILVER NITRATE // APPLICATORS // 6 inch, 100s // Silver Nitrate 75% // Potassium Nitrate 25% // A convenient method of applying // Silver Nitrate to affected area. // POISON // ANTIDOTE // EXTERNAL – wash with water, then // salt solution. // INTERNAL – give copious drafts of // table salt in water, followed by an emetic // (tablespoon of mustard in a tumbler of // warm water). Then administer a dose of // magnesium sulphate (Epsom Salts) and // follow with milk, raw egg, or boiled starch. // CALL PHYSICIAN // CAUTION – Continuous use of Silver // Nitrate may be the cause of permanent // discolouration at the site of application. // Keep container closed when not in use. // Distributed by // RUGBY LABORATORIES, INC. // ROCKVILLE CENTER // NEW YORK, N. Y. 11570 // POISON // The efficiency of the Silver Nitrate applicator is not // impaired when tip darkens. // Caution: Federal law prohibits dispensing without a prescription. // Used by Physician where escharotic and germicidal action is desired // DIRECTIONS: Moisten medicated tip with distilled water and // apply. One applicator usually sufficient for one application”; stamped on bottom of label in black ink: “1014”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A3-9 Row F
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Small dark spots of discolouration all over paper; major yellowing of label at bottom; large presence of black particulate on interior of tube; large ans small dark spots all over paper
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Reference Comments
“Silver Nittrate.” RxList, WebMD LLC, 2019. Accessed 19 June 2019.
Research Facts
Silver nitrate used on burns and wounds to prevent infections and is an antiseptic wound cauteriser; it can be harmful if exposed to large doses; the label has a “Poison” warning along with antidote information.
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tincture of iodine

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact14128
Dates
1930
1940
circa 1930-1940
Collection
Dr. Hugh Pross Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
Accession Number
012020001 a-b
Description
Empty rectangular brown glass bottle (a) of tincture iodine with embossed poison symbol and words with removable vulcanized rubber stopper (b); cream paper label with blue ink indicates usage and contents in English and French; minor dark liquid residue inside.
Accession Number
012020001 a-b
Collection
Dr. Hugh Pross Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
MeSH Heading
Iodine
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Poisons
Drugs
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Empty rectangular brown glass bottle (a) of tincture iodine with embossed poison symbol and words with removable vulcanized rubber stopper (b); cream paper label with blue ink indicates usage and contents in English and French; minor dark liquid residue inside.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a – bottle – Size: Length 8.2 cm x Width 2.7 cm x Depth 2.7 cm
b – stopper – Size: Length 1.6 cm x Diam. 1.9 cm
Provenance
Donated by Dr. Hugh Pross
Maker
Diamond Products
Site Made (City)
Montreal
Site Made (State)
Quebec
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1930
1940
circa 1930-1940
Date Remarks
Date based on: similar item in collection
Material
glass: brown
paper: cream
ink: blue
rubber: red
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "DIAMOND PRODUCTS // PRODUITS DIAMANTS // TINCTURE // IODINE // 5% // For Sprains, Swellings, // Enlarged Glands, etc. // paint part affected 2 or 3 // times daily // Pour Glandes Dilatées, // Entorses, Enflures, etc. // appliquez sur partie af- // fligée 2 ou 3 fois par jour // POISON // Contents 1 ounce // DIAMOND PRODUCTS // REGD // MONTREAL - CANADA"; embossed on bottle: ‘poison’ icon of skull and crossed bones, "POISON // LIQ. // IODINE"; manufacturer's marks embossed on bottom of bottle: diamond shape with letter "D" and two number "2"'s
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-6 Box 4 Row A
Condition Remarks
Label is worn, discoloured, rubber stopper is slightly worn; minor residue inside bottle
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
Iodine Resource Website; The History of Iodine in Medicine Part 1-Optimox, website
Research Facts
Iodine was discovered in 1811 and now has widespread use in medical field; used to destory virus and fungus on contact, as antiseptic for prevention of post-surgery infections, thyroid protection, water sanitation; compounds made with ethyl alcohol are required to display the skull and crossbones on the label.
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Dates
1900
1940
circa 1900-1940
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
Accession Number
014002031
Description
Empty amber transparent cylindrical glass bottle for iodine with wide lip and without stopper; cream paper label has the manufacturer's trade mark logo, address and the product's name; cream string is wrapped twice around bottle's neck and knotted.
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Accession Number
014002031
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
MeSH Heading
Iodine
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Poisons
Drugs
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Empty amber transparent cylindrical glass bottle for iodine with wide lip and without stopper; cream paper label has the manufacturer's trade mark logo, address and the product's name; cream string is wrapped twice around bottle's neck and knotted.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Transferred from the Parks Canada Agency, via Gail Cariou of the Curatorial and Collections Branch.
Maker
National Drug and Chemical Company of Canada, Limited
Site Made (City)
Montreal
Site Made (State)
Quebec
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1900
1940
circa 1900-1940
Date Remarks
Provided by donor
Material
glass: amber
paper: cream
ink: black, red
fabric: cream
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "4 OUNCES // IODINE // RESUBLIMED // "NATIONAL // NATIONAL DRUG AND CHEMICAL // COMPANY OF CANADA, LIMITED // MANUFACTURING CHEMISTS // LABORATORIES MONTREAL"; Embossed on base: "60"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-8 Box 5 Row C
Dimension Notes
Length 8.5 cm x Diam. 1.5 cm
Condition Remarks
Paper has yellowed with minor wear and surface grime
Copy Type
Original
Images
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Dates
1906
1936
circa 1906-1936
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
Accession Number
014002040
Description
Empty transparent cylindrical 6 ounce glass bottle with thick neck without stopper; cream identification paper label; knotted cream string looped twice around bottle's neck; minor bubbles in glass.
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Accession Number
014002040
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
MeSH Heading
Iodine
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Poisons
Drugs
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Empty transparent cylindrical 6 ounce glass bottle with thick neck without stopper; cream identification paper label; knotted cream string looped twice around bottle's neck; minor bubbles in glass.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Transferred from the Parks Canada Agency, via Gail Cariou of the Curatorial and Collections Branch.
Maker
National Drug & Chemical Company
Site Made (City)
Montreal
Site Made (State)
Quebec
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1906
1936
circa 1906-1936
Date Remarks
Provided by donor
Material
glass: transparent
paper: cream
ink: black, red
fabric: cream white
graphite: grey
Inscriptions
On label: "NA-DRU-CO // IODINE // RESBLIMED // "NATIONAL" // NATIONAL DRUG AND CHEMICAL // COMPANY OF CANADA // LIMITED // MONTREAL"; handwritten on label's upper right corner in pencil: "KMY"; Embossed on base: "6. oz // I"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-8 Box 5 Row B
Dimension Notes
Length 12.5 cm x Diam. 5.5 cm
Condition Remarks
Label is yellowed and missing several small areas along its edges and center; brown discoloration in upper left corner and in centre; string dirty
Copy Type
Original
Images
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Dates
1885
1915
circa 1885-1915
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Dermatology
Accession Number
014002091
Description
Transparent rectangular glass bottle of carbolic oil with sloped shoulders tapered at neck with red-wax sealed cork stuck in neck; full of transparent pale yellow liquid; cream paper label has the product's name, directions for use, and the manufacturer's name and address.
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Accession Number
014002091
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Dermatology
MeSH Heading
Wounds and Injuries
Disinfection
Antisepsis
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Phenol
Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter multi-purpose cures -- container
MM= Drugs -- topical balms, lotions
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Transparent rectangular glass bottle of carbolic oil with sloped shoulders tapered at neck with red-wax sealed cork stuck in neck; full of transparent pale yellow liquid; cream paper label has the product's name, directions for use, and the manufacturer's name and address.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Transferred from the Parks Canada Agency, via Gail Cariou of the Curatorial and Collections Branch.
Maker
N. C. Polson & Company
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1885
1915
circa 1885-1915
Date Remarks
Provided by donor
Material
glass: clear
paper: cream
ink: black
cork: tan
wax: red
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "Carbolic // Oil // HEALS: WOUNDS, // CUTS, ABRASIONS, // OLD SORES, INSECT // BITES ETC. // DRESS ONCE OR TWICE // DAILY, APPLYING TO // AFFECTED PARTS WITH // FEATHER OR BY SATUR- // ATING CLEAN, WELL // WORN COTTON // OR LINEN. // PREPARED BY // N. C. POLSON & CO. // ESTABLISHED 1877. // WHOLESALE DRUGGISTS. // KINGSTON, ONT."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-8 Box 5 Row D
Dimension Notes
Length 13.5 cm x Width 4.8 cm x Depth 2.1 cm
Condition Remarks
Paper is yellowed, brittle, with a minor tear along the label's bottom edge; quarter of wax seal is missing
Copy Type
Original
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Puretest Boric Acid B. P.

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Dates
1920
1930
circa 1920 - 1930
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
016023006
Description
Cylindrical metal Puretest Boric Acid, B. P. Powdered Boracic Acid container; full with white powder; printed cream and blue paper label with product information completely covers sides; top and bottom ends are uncovered and have rolled edges; top has rotating disc that opens and closes container o…
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Accession Number
016023006
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Pharmacy
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
MM= Drugs -- container -- bottle
Antisepsis
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- tin
MM= Drugs -- container -- tin
Powders
Description
Cylindrical metal Puretest Boric Acid, B. P. Powdered Boracic Acid container; full with white powder; printed cream and blue paper label with product information completely covers sides; top and bottom ends are uncovered and have rolled edges; top has rotating disc that opens and closes container openings.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to the donor.
Maker
United Drug Co. Limited
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1920
1930
circa 1920 - 1930
Date Remarks
Puretest trademarked in 1920
Material
metal: grey, rust
paper: cream
ink: blue
paint: cream
Inscriptions
Printed on front of label: “Puretest // Boric Acid B. P. // Powdered Boracic Acid // We guarantee // the purity of this product to be of // government standard as required by the British Pharmacopoeia. // The Rexall Drug Stores // United Drug Co. Limited // Toronto, Canada”; printed on back of label: “2 OZ. // Puretest Boric Acid // As a safe antiseptic wash, gargle, spray // or douche, dissolve one tablespoonful in a // pint of warm water. This solution may be // freely used for Cuts, Sores, Burns, and in // inflammatory conditions of the Eye, Ear, // Nose or Throat // United Drug Co. Limited // Toronto, Canada”; stamped on back of label: “16734 126”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Length
7.6 cm
Diameter
5.0 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor soiling all over label; small amount of cream paint on front along top edge; minor rust on bottom edge; major rust all over top; minor discolouration all over label
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Reference Comments
“Boric Acid.” The Free Dictionary, 2019. Accessed 30 May 2019.
“PURETEST Trademark Information.” Trademarkia, 2019. Accessed 30 May 2019.
Research Facts
Boric acid was used as an antiseptic for minor injuries.
The United Drug Co. Limited and Rexall Drug were dominant in the retail pharmaceutical industry for much of the twentieth century in Canada; the Puretest trademark was registered in 1920 and appeared on many of their products.
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