Dr. Morrison Collection / Travill Catalogue / Queen's University Archives
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
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 lock…
Frank S. Betz Co. Reconstruction Bulletin, Hammond, Indiana, pp 44-46
fabric: rose; purple
Imprinted on bottom of case: HOFF'S PATENT // SEPT. 19, 1893 (?) // SOLID LEATHER //
INTERCHANGEABLE // VIAL CASE // HOFF BROS. // SOLE PROPRIETORS // NEW YORK
Storage Room 0010
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.