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Dates
1874
1928
circa 1874-1928
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1969.31.1 a-ch
Description
A leather-covered box-shaped medicine case with a leather-covered handle and metal corner guards contains assorted vials and tins, a couple of white envelopes, a business card, and a page from a magazine (ca. 1890); contents: (a) white envelope contains a white powder wrapped in paper; (b) white en…
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Accession Number
1969.31.1 a-ch
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drug Therapy
Drug Packaging
MM= Drug Case -- conventional medicine
Description
A leather-covered box-shaped medicine case with a leather-covered handle and metal corner guards contains assorted vials and tins, a couple of white envelopes, a business card, and a page from a magazine (ca. 1890); contents: (a) white envelope contains a white powder wrapped in paper; (b) white envelope; (c) business card; (d) page from magazine; (e) list of antidotes for poisons, ca. 1885; (f) glass bottle with cork; (g) orange cylindrical tin with screw-on lid, contains 24 large, empty clear capsules and 12 small, empty clear capsules; (h) yellow cylindrical tin with screw-on lid covered by black and white label, contains white powder, 1/3 full; (i) cylindrical tin similar to (g), empty; (j) bottle with a cork stopper, contains 9 small black round pills; (k) glass vial with cork stopper and black wax seal, white paper label with black ink handwriting; (l) through (bv) are all glass vials, some with cork stoppers, white label with black ink handwriting;(l) has a cork stopper; (m) has a cork stopper; (n) has a black wax seal on the cork stopper; (o) had a black wax seal but it is broken off; (p-r) have corks; (s) no cork; (t) has a cork and is 1/4 full of a black liquid; (u) has a broken cork; (v) has a cork and is 3/8 full of a viscous liquid; (w,x) have corks; (y) has no cork; (z,aa) have corks; (ab) has a cork and contains 12 white tablets; (ac) has a rubber stopper; (ad) has a cork stopper and contains around 55 round, white pills on the bottom and around 22 similar yellow pills on top; (ae) has a cork; (af) has no cork; (ag) has a cork; (ah) has a cork but no label; (ai-ak) have corks; (al) has a cork and is 5/8 full of white crystals; (am) has a cork and is 1/16 full of a white powder; (an) has a cork; (ao) has a cork and has a residue of white powder; (ap) has a cork and is 2/3 full; (aq) has a cork and is 4/5 full of a white powder; (ar) has a cork and is 7/8 full of a white powder; (as) has a cork and is half full of gold-coloured, round pills (around 50); (at) has a cork and is 4/5 full of white crystals; (au, av) have corks; (aw) has a cork and is full of beige powder; (ax) has a cork and is 4/5 full of white crystals; (ay) has a cork and is 1/5 full of a white powder; (az) has a cork and is 5/8 full of white crystals; (ba) has a cork and has a brown powder residue; (bb) has a cork and is full of a light grey powder; (bc) has a cork and is full of a fine gold-coloured powder; (bd) has a cork and has sand-coloured powder; (be) has a cork and has a white powder residue; (bf) has a screw lip and a cork, no label, and a white residue; (bg) has a cork and a white powder residue; (bh) has a cork and a brown powder residue; (bi) has a cork and is 1/4 full of a beige powder; (bj) has a cork, no label, and a pink residue; (bk) has a cork and is 3/4 full of a beige powder; (bl) has a cork and is full of a bright yellow powder; (bm) has a cork and has 23 white tablets; (bn) has a cork and is full of fine white crystals; (bo) has a cork and is 4/5 full of beige powder; (bp) has a cork and is 1/4 full of a white powder; (bq) has a cork and is 1/4 full of a white powder; (br) has a cork and is 1/2 full of a gold powder; (bs) has a cork and a light yellow residue; (bt, bu, bv) all have corks; (bw) glass bottle with a cork stopper, contains 21 small gold-coloured pills; (bx) ??; (by) glass bottle with cork stopper, contains 15 small white spherical pills; (bz) an orange box containing small white pills; (ca) two pages folded white paper; (cb) four small natural sponges; (cc) six cork stoppers and one rubber stopper; (cd) eight small pieces of waxed paper and one empty white envelope; (ce) brown paper wrapper for (cf); (cf) box? (cg) 23 (?) medicine vials--(f), (k-ai)-- held in place by metal clasps, fits into (ch); (ch) brown leather box-like case.
Number Of Parts
86
Part Names
a - envelope
b - envelope
c - business card
d - magazine page
e - list
f - bottle
g - tin
h - tin
i - tin
j - bottle
k-av - vials
aw-be - vials
bf - vial
bg-bv - vials
bw - bottle
by - bottle
bz - box
ca - paper
cf -
cg - vial rack
ch - case
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Dr. Robert Wm. Bell, MDCM Univ. McGill Coll. Montreal Class of 1873, Mem. Coll. Phys. & Surg. Ont., Sept. 28, 1874; deceased 1928.
Maker
Chandler (?)
Dates
1874
1928
circa 1874-1928
Material
leather: brown
metal: silver
glass: clear
paper: white; brown
waxed paper
ink: green; black
paint: orange; yellow
cardboard: white; orange
wax: black
sponge: beige
rubber:
Inscriptions
(a) White paper envelope, green type: "The F.E. Karn Co. Limited, The People's Popular Drug Store . . . Toronto . . . Gray Powder (Mercury c Chalk)"; (b) white paper envelope, black type: "J.H. Hutty Chemist & Druggist . . . Ammon. Brom. . . . for Dr. Bell"; (c) white cardboard business card, black type: "Mrs. W.A. Staunton, Nurse, 111 Stewart Street, Telephone 354."; (c) page from magazine lists "Doses of Poisons and Powerful Medicines."; (e) list of "Antidotes for Poisons"; (f) label reads, "Tr: Opii"; (g) "5 gr. Tablets, 1 Ounce, Antikamnia (opposed to pain), Analgesic, Antipyretic and Anodyne, Antikamnia Chemical Co., St. Louis"; (h) label reads, "Registered Sept. 3, 1890"; on container: "Powdered Antikamnia, 1 Oz., Opposed to Pain, Analgesic Antipyretic and Anodyne . . . St. Louis . . . Mersereau Mfg. Co. Boxes. Brooklyn N.Y. Pat. Mar. 15, 1892"; scratched faintly on bottom: "R.W. Bell Peterboro"; (i) "5 gr. tablets, 1 Ounce, Antikamnia . . . St. Louis U.S.A., British Depot: 46 Holborn Viaduct, London E.C."; stamped on bottom: "July 25, 1902"; (j) label reads: "Sample Pill. Creasote, from Beech Wood. 1/2 gr. The Upjohn Pill & Granule Col., Kalamazoo, Mich."; (k) label reads, "Tr. Nucis Vom"; wax seal is stamped "A"; (l) label reads "Tr. Digital"; (m) label reads, "Vin: Ipecac"; (n) wax seal stamped, "Saunders, London, Ont." (?); label reads, "Tr. Hyos."; (o) label reads, "Tr. Strophanth"; (p) label reads, "Chloroform D & Y (?)"; (q) label "Canth: Collodion"; (r) label "Ergot: Ext: Fld."; (s) label "Spt: Am: Arom."; (t) label "Tr. Arnicae"; (u) label "Cascara Arom."; (v) label, "Glycerine" (?); (w) label "Sol: Nitro-Glycer. 1%"; (x) label "Lin: Sapo"; (y) "Spt. Ether: Nit."; (z) label "Ether: Sulp. Squibb"; (aa) label "Tri: Opii: Camph."; (ab) label "Pil: Acid: Salicyl."; (ac) label: "Ammonol"; on top of stopper: "5"; (ad) label "Pil: Cath: Co. (?)"; (ae) label "Tr. Iodi"; (af) ; label "Acid: Carbol."; (ag) label "Spt. Rectific"; (ah) has no label; (ai) label "Pil: Assafoetida. 2 gr"; (aj) label "Pulv: Sacch."; (ak) label "Seilers: tablets"; (al) label "Pot. Iodide"; (am) label "Pot. Chlor."; (an) manufacturer's label reads, "Pil. Soda Mint, Sodil. Bicarb, 4 grs., Ammon. Carb, 1/4 gr., Ol. Menth. Pip. 1/6 gtt."; (ao) label "Sod. Bicarb."; (ap) label "Sulphonal."; (aq) label "Plumbi: Acet."; (ar) label "Quin. Sulph."; (as) label "Pil: Quin: Sulph. 2 gr."; (at) label "Pot: Bromide"; (au) label "Antiseptic: Tablets 1 ve oj (?) = 1-1000"; (av) label "Chloral: Hydra. (?)"; (aw) label "Lactopeptine"; (ax) label "Phenacetine"; (ay) label "Antikamnia"; (az) label "Antifebrin"; (ba) label "Pulv: Kino: Co,"; (bb) label "Hyol: C Creta."; (bc) label "Pulv: Rhei."; (bd) label "Pulv: Doveri."; (be) label "Hyd: Submur."; (bf) no label; (bg) label "Bismuth: Subnit"; (bh) label "Pil. Aloin Co: &Ipecac"; (bi) label "Podophyllin"; (bj) no label; (bk) label "Pulv: Jalap"; (bl) label "Gambogia"; (bm) label "Trit: Ol: Terebinth 1/10 min."; (bn) label "Zinci: Sulph."; (bo) label "Pulv: Ipecac."; (bp) label "Ant: et Pot: Tart"; (bq) label "Caffein: Citras"; (br) label "Aristol"; (bs) label "Santonine"; (bt) label "Morph: Acetas"; (bu) label "Pulv: Opil"; (bv) label "Pil: Nitro-glycer: Co"; (bw) label "100 Pil. Picrotoxin - 1-60 Gr. Each (?) Lily & Co. Manufacturers, Indianopolis, Ind., U.S.A."; (bx) ? (by) label "Nitro-Glycerine Gelatin Coated Pills, 1-50 Grain, From the Laboratory of Parke-Davis & Co. . . . Detroit . . ."; on bottom of bottle: "P.D. & Co."; (bz) in black type, "The S.B. Chandler, Son & Co., Ltd., Directions, take one pill every 6 hours, A. Malarial H."; (ca) black type: "February 1892, Medicinal Tinctures of the U.S. & B. Pharmacopoeias, Manufactured by Davis & Lawrence Co. (Limited) . . . Montreal . . ."; (cd) on envelope: "Antifebrin for?"; (ce) handwritten on brown paper wrapper, "Mr. R.W. Bell, 350 Davenport Road, Toronto, Ontario, Dec. EX (?)"; (cf) "EMP. CANTHARIDES, OIL THE FACE BEFORE USING"; (ch) lock marked, "Pat. Oct. 71".
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A7-11
Dimension Notes
a - envelope - Length 11.1 cm x Width 6.4 cm
b - envelope - Length 11.7 cm x Width 6.7 cm
c - business card - Length 9.2 cm x Width 6.0 cm
d - magazine page - Length 18.4 cm x Width 12.4 cm
e - list - Length 29.8 cm x Width 23.5 cm
f - bottle - Length 12.5 cm x Diam. 2.0 cm
g - tin - Length 5.7 cm x Diam. 3.8 cm
h - tin - Length 5.9 cm x Diam. 4.1 cm
i - tin - Length 5.9 cm x Diam. 4.1 cm
j - bottle - Length 5.4 cm x Width 2.5 cm x Depth 1.5 cm
k-av - vials - Length 12.5 cm x Diam. 2.0 cm
aw-be - vials - Length 6.0 cm x Diam. 1.8 cm
bf - vial - Length 6.2 cm x Diam. 1.9 cm
bg-bv - vials - Length 6.0 cm x Diam. 1.9 cm
bw - bottle - Length 6.6 cm x Width 2.2 cm x Depth 2.2 cm
by - bottle - Length 5.4 cm x Width 2.2 cm x Depth 1.3 cm
bz - box - SLength 4.9 cm x Width 1.9 cm x Depth 2.8 cm
ca - paper - Length 11.5 cm x Width 16.5 cm
cf - Length 24.8 cm x Width 20.0 cm
cg - vial rack - Length 29.5 cm x Width 14.0 cm x Depth 3.6 cm
ch - case - Length 31.7 cm x Width 20.0 cm x Depth 16.7 cm
Condition Remarks
One hinge broken on case, leather coming apart at seams at bottom, leather worn and stained; metal corners dirty; mouldy; corks fragile, bottles dirty; (f) top broken off; 2004: has extreme odour; powders and liquids are deteriorating
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Photo
Exhibit History
On display, Providence Continuing Care Centre: "Rockwood Asylum: Refuge and Renewal 1878–1905" from Feb. 13, 2007 to 24 Nov 2016.
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