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apothecary's show globe

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Dates
1890
1920
circa 1890-1920
Collection
Dr. Donald Low Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
998023001 a-b
Description
Freestanding two piece clear glass apothecary's show globe with lid; globe (a) is oval in shape and tapered at the bottom where it attaches to a flared base with a heavy bulbous decorative stem; the neck of the globe is wide to accomoadate the separate lid (b); lid has two tiers; there is a small b…
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Accession Number
998023001 a-b
Collection
Dr. Donald Low Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Pharmacy -- advertisements
Communication
Description
Freestanding two piece clear glass apothecary's show globe with lid; globe (a) is oval in shape and tapered at the bottom where it attaches to a flared base with a heavy bulbous decorative stem; the neck of the globe is wide to accomoadate the separate lid (b); lid has two tiers; there is a small ball on the tip which tapers outward into an oblong tear drop shape and the second tier is shaped like a flattened oval
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - globe - Size: Length 33.0 cm x Diam. 69.5 cm
b - lid - Size: Length 22.5 cm x Diam. 46.5 cm
Dates
1890
1920
circa 1890-1920
Date Remarks
Date based on research
Material
glass: clear
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-K1-2
Condition Remarks
Like new; very small scratches present on the bottom of the base and around the globe; small amount of white residue present on inside of globe
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
"William & Joan Soderlund Pharmacy Museum website"; "University of Arizona College of Pharmacy website"; "Waring Library Show Globe Exhibit website"; CD #2
Research Facts
Show globes were a recognizable symbol for pharmacists; they were often filled with colourful liquid and displayed in the window; show globes were also used to show a pharmacist's skill in extracting and mixing chemicals which produced the different colours; there were generally two types of show globes, freestanding and wall mounted.
This show globe is without glass mould lines or pontil marks and the glass does not look or feel like a lead based glass so the inference could be that this show globe is made from hand blown glass. Research shows that the simple design of the body and the decorative large lid with fancy finial rather than as a decorative stopper dates this piece as 1880-1920.
Exhibit History
On exhibit: "Curious Cures--Doctors, Druggists, and Home Remedies" at the Dundas Museum & Archives, L-2011-3; 23 Sept. 2011–30 Sept. 2012.
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