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Dr. Beach's Vegetable Compound

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Dates
1840
1880
circa 1840-1880
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Respiratory
Accession Number
996001069
Description
Tall thin cylindrical bottle with cork stopper; paper label wrapped around body of bottle with medicine name, information and directions on it; cork stopper still has partial remains of red wax seal covering it.
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Accession Number
996001069
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Respiratory
MeSH Heading
Cough -- drug therapy
Antitussive Agents
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- vitamins, health restorers, protectors -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Tall thin cylindrical bottle with cork stopper; paper label wrapped around body of bottle with medicine name, information and directions on it; cork stopper still has partial remains of red wax seal covering it.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection; bought from Scott Jordan in Sept.1993.
Maker
C. S. Harris
Site Made (City)
Manchester
Site Made (State)
Canada West (C. W.)
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1840
1880
circa 1840-1880
Material
glass: green
paper: cream
cork: brown
Inscriptions
Dr. Beach's' // Vegetable Compound // prepared by C.S. Harris, Manchester C. W. A certain remedy for Colds, Coughs, Sore throat, // &c. Also a preventative to the Chill Fever, // Ague, and summer complaints // Directions ...
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-6 Box 2 Row D
Dimension Notes
Length: 11.0 cm. x Diam. : 2.5 cm.
Condition Remarks
Paper label is brittle and in slightly fragile condition; small portions of label are missing around outer edge; two pieces of label are missing from interior on either end of label
Copy Type
Original
Exhibit History
May 24 - Sept. 13, 2001: Agnes Etherington Art Centre Museopathy exhibit
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dispensing scales

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Dates
1830
1899
circa 1830-1899
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1969.169.1 a-v
Description
A wooden box (g) with a lid contains a set of scales (d,e,f) and a number of weights (a-c,h-v); a tassle hangs from the bar for holding the scales, and the pans are connected to the bar by green cords.
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Accession Number
1969.169.1 a-v
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Weights and Measures
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
MM= Drug Compounding -- scales
Description
A wooden box (g) with a lid contains a set of scales (d,e,f) and a number of weights (a-c,h-v); a tassle hangs from the bar for holding the scales, and the pans are connected to the bar by green cords.
Number Of Parts
22
Part Names
a - weight - Size: Length 1.7 cm x Width 1.6 cm
b - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.1 cm x Depth 0.6 cm
c - weight - Size: Length 2.4 cm x Width 1.9 cm
d - tray - Size: Diam. 7.0 cm
e - tray - Size: Diam. 7.0 cm
f - bar - Size: Length 18.6 cm x Width 12.8 cm
g - box - Size: Length 20.0 cm x Width 9.2 cm x Depth 3.5 cm
h - weight - Size: Length 1.4 cm x Width 1.1 cm x Depth 0.4 cm
i - weight - Size: Length 1.0 cm x Width 1.0 cm x Depth 0.4 cm
j - weight - Size: Length 0.8 cm x Width 0.9 cm x Depth 0.4 cm
k - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm
l - weight - Size: Length 1.4 cm x Width 1.4 cm
m - weight - Size: Length 1.3 cm x Width 1.1 cm
n - weight - Size: Length 1.5 cm x Width 1.3 cm
o - weight - Size: Length 1.0 cm x Width 0.9 cm
p - weight - Size: Length 1.0 cm x Width 0.7 cm
q - weight - Size: Length 0.6 cm x Width 0.5 cm x Depth 0.4 cm
r - weight - Size: Length 2.1 cm x Width 1.8 cm
s - weight - Size: Length 1.8 cm x Width 1.5 cm
t - weight - Size: Length 1.7 cm x Width 1.3 cm
u - weight - Size: Length 1.3 cm x Width 1.0 cm
v - weight - Size: Length 1.1 cm x Width 0.7 cm
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source unknown.
Maker
W & T Avery
Site Made (City)
Birmingham
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1830
1899
circa 1830-1899
Date Remarks
Original record had "mid 19c.-late 19c."
Material
metal: silver; yellowish
fabric: green
fabric: maroon
wood: brown
Inscriptions
A label on the underside of the lid reads: "W & T AVERY // Manufacturers of all kinds of // Scales, Scale Beams, Steelyards, Patent Weighing Machines: // Screw Plates, Die Stocks &c. &c. // DIGBETH // BIRMINGHAM"; four of the weights (c,r,s,t) have a picture of a lion on top of a crown stamped onto one side; above the lion/crown is stamped the word "STANDARD"; below the lion/crown is stamped: "W. & T. A."; on the opposite side is stamped the size of the weight, ranging from two drams to 1 1/2 scruples.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A8-6
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #UHN
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Dates
1848
1880
circa 1848-1880
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1969.24.1
Description
Rectangular wooden box medicine chest covered in tan leather with a decorative brass lock, black metal bands arounds all edges attached with domed nails and decorative hinged brass handle; hinged base to lid; rectangular shaped lock made by Eagle Lock company, lock stamped with logo of eagle; naroo…
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Accession Number
1969.24.1
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Medicine Chests
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Rectangular wooden box medicine chest covered in tan leather with a decorative brass lock, black metal bands arounds all edges attached with domed nails and decorative hinged brass handle; hinged base to lid; rectangular shaped lock made by Eagle Lock company, lock stamped with logo of eagle; naroow cream fabric twill tape naile dto bottom and lid to create hinges; inside painted dark green coloured except for dividers are natural wood; decorative paper floral design applied to underside of lid; chest divided into three sections, rectangular compartments either side of one large centre compartment; large compartment divided into 30 compartments of equal size to store bottles; stenciled in black on front is owners name.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Dates
1848
1880
circa 1848-1880
Material
leather: brown
metal: black, brass
wood: brown
paint: green
fabric: cream
paper: tan
Inscriptions
On front of the case: “H. E. Clarke”; engraved on the lock: “Eagle Lock Co.”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A7-11
Length
35.0 cm
Width
19.9 cm
Height
20.1 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
#4 same, 2016; #3: Leather covering drying and chipping, 2004
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Document
Internet
Reference Comments
BROUSE, The Hon. William Henry, M.D. Parliament of Canada. 25 November 2016.
Swainson, Donald. “Brouse, William Henry.” Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol 11. 1982. Dictionary of Canadian Biography. 25 November 2016
Research Facts
The original donor record suggests the chest was donated by the son of W. H. Brouse. Hon. William Henry Brouse, M.D. was born in Matilda, Upper Canada on June 15, 1824 and died in Ottawa on August 23, 1881.
He was a physician with his own practice along St. Lawrence river, 1848. who served on the Medical Council of Ontario (1866-1878) and as Chief Medical Officer of Toronto Life Assurance and Tontine Company. He was a former Mayor of Prescott, Ontario who went on to represent Grenville South as a Liberal in the House of Commons. Was the Surgeon for the 56th Battalion of Infantry. Fever hospital at Iroquois Point Canada West, 1847. Pr
Eventually, he was named as Senator for Prescott serving a total of eight years in federal service. However, it cannot be confirmed that he owned this particular item.
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ipecacuanha wine

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Dates
1848
1880
circa 1848-1880
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1969.24.3 a-b
Description
Empty square clear glass pharmacy bottle (a) with faceted edges, narrow paper label wraps over three sides with loose cork (b); paper label with black ink; embossed on one side with manufacturers name and logo; cork with remains of red wax; interior with brown residue.
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Accession Number
1969.24.3 a-b
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging-- container -- bottle
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
Description
Empty square clear glass pharmacy bottle (a) with faceted edges, narrow paper label wraps over three sides with loose cork (b); paper label with black ink; embossed on one side with manufacturers name and logo; cork with remains of red wax; interior with brown residue.
Number Of Parts
2
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1848
1880
circa 1848-1880
Date Remarks
Date is uncertain
Material
glass: translucent
paper: cream
ink: black
wax: red
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "IPECACUANHA WINE. // R. A. WOOD CHEMIST // 230 YOUNGE STREET. TORONTO."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A7-11
Length
3.1 cm
Width
3.3 cm
Height
9.4 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Interior stained brown, label stained from product and age
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
McCord Museum http://collections.musee-mccord.qc.ca/en/collection/artifacts/M21681.25
Research Facts
Extract of Ipecacuanha mixed with wine was a Brazilian root soaked in water or alcohol to treat gastro-intestinal issues, bronchitis, pneumonia, and diarrhea for both adults and children. It was prepared by R. A. Wood, a chemist in Toronto on 230 Yonge Street. The bottle contains some powdered residue.
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Dr. Fowler's Wild Strawberry

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Dates
1845
1900
circa 1845-1900
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1969.24.7
Description
Empty rectangular pale green pharmacy bottle with faceted sides, paper label on one side, embossed on two sides contains manufacturers name and cork stuck in opening; paper label with brown ink; mould lines visible.
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Accession Number
1969.24.7
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging-- container -- bottle
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
Description
Empty rectangular pale green pharmacy bottle with faceted sides, paper label on one side, embossed on two sides contains manufacturers name and cork stuck in opening; paper label with brown ink; mould lines visible.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Maker
Dr. A. Fowler
Dates
1845
1900
circa 1845-1900
Material
glass: green
paper: cream
ink: brown
cork: brown
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "DR. FOWLER'S // CONCENTRATED // EXTRACT OF // WILD STRAWBERRY // DIRECTIONS - For Di- // rrhoea, Dynestry, // Cholera Morbus and all // Summer Complaints. // In severe cases take a // teaspoonful every hour until the violence of // the disease has subsi - // ded. In ordinary cases // take a teaspoonful // every two or three // hours. Sea Sickness // take a teaspoonful // every half hour. Ir - // ritation of Stomach and Bowels, Canker of // Stomach and Mouth, // and Piles, take a tea - // spoonful five or six // times every day. // N. B. - SHake the bot - // tle before taking the // meedicine, so that all // sediment be mixed. // Children under 6 years // of age require half a // dose. - under 1 year 15 // drops."; embossed on sides: "EXTRACT // DR A. FOWLER_S // EXTRACT".
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A7-11
Length
2.9 cm
Width
4.3 cm
Height
12.8 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Interior stained with thick brown fluid; cork broken; paper with brown stains and aged
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
Milburn’s Pocket Memorandum and Cash Book. Toronto: T. Milburn Co., 1909. https://archive.org/stream/milburnspocketme00tmil#page/n0/mode/2up
Research Facts
Dr. Fowler’s Concentrated Extract of Wild Strawberry was first manufactured in 1845, it was advertised as a cure for bowel complaints in children and adults selling for 35 cents. This product claims it has an ability to treat diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, summer complaints, cankers of the stomach and mouth, piles, and sea sickness.
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Dr. Beach's vegetable composition

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Dates
1840
1880
1840-1880
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1969.262.1
Description
A long, narrow glass bottle, greenish tinge with a cork topped by red sealing wax; bottle is moulded, but very crude, with odd holes broken partway through the bottom; nearly full of crude, brown mixture.
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Accession Number
1969.262.1
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Cough -- drug therapy
Antitussive Agents
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- vitamins, health restorers, protectors -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
A long, narrow glass bottle, greenish tinge with a cork topped by red sealing wax; bottle is moulded, but very crude, with odd holes broken partway through the bottom; nearly full of crude, brown mixture.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source unknown.
Maker
C. S. Harris
Site Made (City)
Manchester
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1840
1880
1840-1880
Material
glass: greenish
paper: yellow; black
cork: brown
wax: red
Inscriptions
On label: "DR. BEACH'S // Vegetable Composition // Prepared by C. S. HARRIS, Manchester, C.W. (Canada West) // A certain remedy for colds, coughs, sore throat, &c. Also, a preventative to the Chill Fever, Ague, and Summer complaints. // DIRECTIONS — For an adult, half a tea-spoonful of the powder, the same of sugar, put into a tea-cup, fill it half-full of boiling water; for a child, half the quantity; stir it well, when settled take as warm as possible three times a day before meals."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-6 Box 2 Row D
Dimension Notes
Length 10.0 cm x Diam. 2.2 cm
Condition Remarks
Red wax is brittle and breaking off; cork does not seal well
Copy Type
Original
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Dates
1830
1870
circa 1830-1870
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1969.60.1 a-v
Description
Rectangular mahogony wooden chest (v) with brass handle contains medicines in bottles: (a) bottle without a top; (b-d) measurement bottles with stoppers; (e-g) bottles with stoppers; (h) bottle with a broken neck; (i-j) measurement bottles without stoppers; (k-m) measurement bottles, small size, wi…
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Accession Number
1969.60.1 a-v
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drug Therapy
Description
Rectangular mahogony wooden chest (v) with brass handle contains medicines in bottles: (a) bottle without a top; (b-d) measurement bottles with stoppers; (e-g) bottles with stoppers; (h) bottle with a broken neck; (i-j) measurement bottles without stoppers; (k-m) measurement bottles, small size, without stoppers; (n) pestle; (o) graduated beaker; (p-q) jars with metal tops; (r) wooden tray with compartments; (s) drawer; (t) 5-grain weight; (u) 1/2-scruple weight; handle fits into a handle-shaped depression in a brass plate that is screwed to the top of the chest; both lengthwise face of chest is a drop-down panel connected to main body of chest by hinges at bottom; panels when fully extended create space to put bottles and implements; each panel has a lock mechanism; custom seven compartments hold bottles upright over drawer that can be opened from either side; tray dividers lift out; some bottles with minor amounts of contents.
Number Of Parts
22
Part Names
a - bottle
b-d - bottle
e-j - bottle
k-m - bottle
n - pestle
o - beaker
p-q - jar
r - tray
s - tray
t - weight
u - weight
v - case
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source unknown.
Maker
Springweiler & Co. Makers
Site Made (City)
London
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1830
1870
circa 1830-1870
Date Remarks
Original record had "mid 19c."
Material
wood
glass
metal
fabric
Inscriptions
Impressed on ledge of drawer, "Springweiler & Co. MAKERS, LONDON"; on bottles: "a) Sodae Bi-Carb; b) Spt. Camph; c) Spt. Aether Nit; d) Pulv. Jalap; e) Pulv. Ipecac; f) Tr. Acuniti P. B.; g) Pulv. Rhei; h) Tr.Hyosci; i) Quin. Sulph.; j) Pulv. crethes opium; k) Podophyllin; l) Hyd. w Cleta; m) Antim. Tart
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A6-8
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
a - bottle - Length 10.4 cm x Width 3.2 cm x Depth 4.7 cm
b-d - bottle - Length 11.1 cm x Width 3.7 cm x Depth 4.4 cm
e-j - bottle - Length 11.0 cm x Width 2.5 cm x Depth 3.0 cm
k-m - bottle - Length 4.7 cm x Width 2.2 cm x Depth 3.5 cm
n - pestle - Length 6.3 cm
o - beaker - Length 6.3 cm x Diam. 3.3 cm
p-q - jar - Length 3.9 cm x Diam. 2.7 cm
r - tray - Length 14.9 cm x Width 7.5 cm x Depth 2.1 cm
s - tray - Length 21.2 cm x Width 9.5 cm x Depth 7.0 cm
t - weight
u - weight
v - case - Length 23.5 cm x Width 11.7 cm x Depth 22.2 cm
Condition Remarks
Several bottles are broken; velvet lining in some of the compartments and drawers are torn and worn; glass stoppers are stuck in a number of the bottles; no bottle in the drawer marked "calomel"; manufacturers' name on label inside front door has been obliterated; #3: minor nicks and scratches in surface of wooden case; inlay missing from keyhole; tope handle had signs of use but no corrosion; both doors open easily (need to be tied to stay shut); front inner door has remnants of a green paper label, worn, torn, but firmly affixed; two bottles missing from one side; bottle (h) broken, with the neck missing entirely; there was a chip in the bottom of bottle (g) and contents were exposed, 0.5 cm in diameter, and the label was torn; there is a crack in the neck of (i); there is a chip in the lip of (j), 3.6 cm x 0.7 cm; the handles of the lower tray were worn, but no corrosion; there was a crack along the bottom edge of one side of the tray, 6.2 cm long; the inner velvet lining was worn; there was no corrosion on the scale weights, or lower jar lids; one lower bottle (calomel) was missing; one label had fallen off some object and was at the bottom of the tray; no chips or cracks in the measuring glass; lid of bottle (p) very loose; stopper of (r) loose.
Copy Type
Original
Exhibit History
On display in the "When Medicine Met Science" exhibit, Ann Baillie Building, April 29, 2003
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menthol plaster tube

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Dates
1800
1920
circa 1800-1920
Collection
Dr. Donald B. Jennings Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
004006001 a-b
Description
A tin tube used to store menthol plaster consisting of the tube (a) and a removable cap (b).
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Accession Number
004006001 a-b
Collection
Dr. Donald B. Jennings Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Ointments
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container
Description
A tin tube used to store menthol plaster consisting of the tube (a) and a removable cap (b).
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - tube - Size: Length 15.2 cm x Diam. 3.4 cm
b - cap - Size: Length 1.4 cm x Diam. 3.5 cm
Provenance
The tube was left at the Queen's University Department of Physiology by Dr. Donald B. Jennings when he retired.
Maker
Thos. Davidson Mfg. Co. Limited
Site Made (City)
Montreal
Site Made (State)
Quebec
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1800
1920
circa 1800-1920
Date Remarks
The company that made the tin was prevalent during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Material
tin: yellow; black
Inscriptions
"the // D & L // MENTHOL PLASTER // MOST WONDERFUL PLASTER MADE // PREPARED BY THE // DAVIS & LAWRENCE CO. (LIMITED.) // MONTREAL, P.Q. // EVERY PLASTER IN A SINGLE AIR TIGHT BOX. // THE THOS. DAVIDSON MFG. CO. LIMITED, MONTREAL, TIN BOXES" printed on the tube
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D4-4
Condition Remarks
Some corrosion and staining; the tin is dented and deformed.
Reference Types
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
Internet: "Canadian Advertising Tins"; CD #9
Research Facts
The tube was made by Thos. Davidson Mfg. Co. Limited, and used by Davis & Lawrence Co.
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Comstock's Vermifuge

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Dates
1840
1860
circa 1840-1860
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
Accession Number
014002032
Description
Empty transparent aqua-tinted cylindrical glass bottle without stopper or label; embossed with product name; hand blown glass created irregular shape, uneven lip and base shows remains of a pontil.
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Accession Number
014002032
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drugs -- anthelmintics -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Empty transparent aqua-tinted cylindrical glass bottle without stopper or label; embossed with product name; hand blown glass created irregular shape, uneven lip and base shows remains of a pontil.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Transferred from the Parks Canada Agency, via Gail Cariou of the Curatorial and Collections Branch.
Maker
Comstock & Brothers Company
Site Made (City)
New York
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1840
1860
circa 1840-1860
Date Remarks
Provided by donor
Material
glass: green
Inscriptions
Embossed: "COMSTOCK'S // VERMIFUGE"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A3-9 Box 2
Dimension Notes
Length: 9.6 cm x Diam. 2.3 cm
Condition Remarks
Minor scratches on interior and exterior of bottle's lip and neck
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
Product's use and full name of company discovered through online newspaper advertisement, "COMSTOCK'S VERMIFUGE," The Newfoundlander, June 28 1852; CD #6
Research Facts
Product used as worm medication for children and adults
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Trask's Magnetic Ointment

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Dates
1846
1860
circa 1846-1860
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
014002094
Description
Transparent rectangular glass bottle for magnetic ointment with wax sealed cork closure stuck in neck; completely covered with tan paper manufacturer's label includes decorative graphics of man in a laboratory setting sitting in front of pieces of machinery and pipes with a pail between his knees a…
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Accession Number
014002094
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Transparent rectangular glass bottle for magnetic ointment with wax sealed cork closure stuck in neck; completely covered with tan paper manufacturer's label includes decorative graphics of man in a laboratory setting sitting in front of pieces of machinery and pipes with a pail between his knees and provides the manufacturer's and the products name and legal information.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Transferred from the Parks Canada Agency, via Gail Cariou of the Curatorial and Collections Branch.
Maker
Dr. A. Trask
Site Made (City)
New York
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1846
1860
circa 1846-1860
Date Remarks
Provided by donor
Material
paper: tan
glass: clear
ink: black
wax: brown
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "DR. A (TRAS) K's // MAGNETIC // OINTMENT // FRANCIS U. KAHLE, // TORONTO, ONT // SOLE AGENT FOR // GREAT BRITAIN // AND CANADA // None Genuine without the Sign (illegible) // J Bre (illegible) // Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1846 in (illegible) // Office of the northern district of the State of New ( illegible)
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A3-9 Box 2
Dimension Notes
Length 6.7 cm x Width 3.6 cm x Depth 3.6 cm
Condition Remarks
Paper very yellowed, brittle, and crumbling, all edges are torn and fraying; top of label near front face is missing two significant chunks; cap is covered in broken and brittle wax
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
"The Attraction of Magnetic Medicines," bottlebooks.com (Digger Odell Publications: 2009 ), http://www.bottlebooks.com/magnetic.htm; CD #6
Research Facts
Perhaps the best known magnetic medicine was Trask's Magnetic Ointment made by the David Ransom & Son company of Buffalo, New York. The ointment a "remedy for pain, nervous headache, inflammation of the bowels, burns, fever sores..." was first produced in 1848 according to the patent office records. According to Wilson in his book on 19th century medicines, "Trask's Ointment was introduced by S. Bull, of New York State in 1846." Ransom became the proprietor in the mid 1860s and ownership changed hands several times after that. It was still being advertised for sale one hundred years after being introduced. There are many different variants of the Trask's Ointment including machine made embossed bottles and a damaged yellow green pontiled specimen. The wholesale druggist catalogs of the 1880s list the ointment in two sizes (25 cents and 40 cents). The inexpensiveness of the brand probably contributed to its long lived success.
Magnetic ointments were popular in the late 19th century and were used to treat a wide variety of illnesses until the United States's Food and Drug Act of 1906 impeded the sale of products deeemed to be fraudulent, which magnetic ointments were.
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