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Dates
1930
1940
circa 1930-1940
Collection
Bonita Erwin Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
Accession Number
009042001
Description
Rectangular cobalt blue semi-transparent glass bottle with black rubber eyedropper inset into black plastic screw cap closure; less than a quarter full of liquid; red paper label wraps around three panels of the bottle; printed on front panel of label with poison icon of skull and crossbones.
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Accession Number
009042001
Collection
Bonita Erwin Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
MeSH Heading
Wounds and Injuries
Phenol
Disinfection
Antisepsis
Description
Rectangular cobalt blue semi-transparent glass bottle with black rubber eyedropper inset into black plastic screw cap closure; less than a quarter full of liquid; red paper label wraps around three panels of the bottle; printed on front panel of label with poison icon of skull and crossbones.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Donated by Bonita Erwin, University of Toronto Faculty of Nursing. Owned by druggist Darcy Munroe, one of the three founders of the Drug Trading Company.
Maker
Drug Trading Company Limited
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1930
1940
circa 1930-1940
Date Remarks
Donor information
Material
glass: blue
plastic: black
rubber: black
paper: red, tan
ink: white, black
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "Certified // LIQUEFIED // CARBOLIC // ACID B.P. // (POISON) // ONE FLUID OUNCE // LOT 11810 // DRUG TRADING COMPANY // LIMITED // TORONTO CANADA"; on side panel label: "FOR EXTERNAL USE. On Sores, Scratches, // Cuts and Severe Bruises where the skin // is broken, add four drops to a pint of // water. // ANTIDOTE. Give Alcoholic Liquors, // Vinegar or the Whites of Eggs, Epsom // Salts well diluted, or Olive Oil. Keep // body warm and send for doctor at once."; manufacturer's marks are also printed in French on opposite label panel with an "85" handwritten on top
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-8 Box 5 Row B
Dimension Notes
Length 10.3 cm x Width 2.9 cm x Depth 2.9 cm
Condition Remarks
Bottle in good conition; rubber stopper is hardened and is flattened shape; labels are discoloured and show wear; front label is worn around edges and loss on left
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
"Phenol," Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry. March 3 2011. July 8 2014
Research Facts
Liquefied carbolic acid is also called phenol; the commercial product is liquid but in pure form it is a clear to white solid; distinct sweet odour; used as disinfectant or in medicinal preparations such as mouthwash and throat lozenges.
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bottle of neo-silvol

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Dates
1923
1933
circa 1923-1933
Collection
Bonita Erwin Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
Accession Number
009042005
Description
Circular opaque amber glass one ounce bottle of neo-silvol, a mild type of silver antiseptic, with cork stopper and cream paper label on front and back with brown ink; about three quarters full of neo-silvol liquid; includes instructions to create various solutions.
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Accession Number
009042005
Collection
Bonita Erwin Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
MeSH Heading
Disinfection
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Circular opaque amber glass one ounce bottle of neo-silvol, a mild type of silver antiseptic, with cork stopper and cream paper label on front and back with brown ink; about three quarters full of neo-silvol liquid; includes instructions to create various solutions.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Donated to the museum by Bonita Erwin, University of Toronto School of Nursing Grad; item owned by donor's grandfather Dr. Harold Barker with a general practioner's office in Sharbot Lake, Ontario.
Maker
Parke, Davis & Co.
Site Made (City)
Walkerville
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1923
1933
circa 1923-1933
Date Remarks
Patent date is January 9, 1923 meaning this is the earliest possible date
Material
glass: amber
cork: brown
paper: cream
ink: brown
ink: cream, brown
Inscriptions
Printed on front: "ONE OUNCE // NEO-SILVOL // Patented Canada Jan. 9, 1923. No. 227848 // (Colloidal Silver Iodide Compund) // Contains about 20% of Silver // Iodide in Colloidal form. // A MILD TYPE OF SILVER ANTISEPTIC // Apply in 5% to 40% solution water. // Neo-Silvol designates the Colloidal // Silver Iodide Compound manu- // factured by P. D. & Co. // PROTECT FROM MOISTURE // C698732 // PARKE, DAVIS & CO. // WALKERVILLE, ONT., CANADA"; printed on back: "NEO-SILVOL // TO MAKE A SOLUTION QUICKLY - ADD // THE NEO-SILVOL TO THE WATER AND // SHAKE IMMEDIATELY AND VIGOR- // OUSLY FOR ONE MINUTE. // To make percentage solution // as indicated: // 5% - 12 grs. dissolved in water // to make 1/2 fluid ounce ... "; manufacturer's marks embossed on bottom of bottle: "8 75" and "D" in diamond shape
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Dimension Notes
Size: Length 9.5 cm x Diam. 3.3 cm
Condition Remarks
Cork stopper has three dark incised stripes on top; minor discolouration of paper labels
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
"Colloidal Silver," Wikipedia. September 8 2008. July 14 2014; "Parke-Davis," Wikipedia. October 31 2013. July 11 2014; CD #6.
Research Facts
Product used to kill infectious bacteria; prior to 1938 it was used as mainstream antibiotic; generally used as disinfectant; Parke-Davis & Co. was once America's oldest and largest drug maker; founded in Detroit; Parke, Davis & Co. name adopted in 1871.
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