University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Transparent octagonal based glass bottle containing Groblewski’s Rattlesnake Brand Liniment (a) with non-removable cylindrical black metal screw cap, tan and pink cardboard packaging box (b) and rectangular tan paper instruction booklet (c); bottle one quarter full with brown liquid; bottle has fla…
Transparent octagonal based glass bottle containing Groblewski’s Rattlesnake Brand Liniment (a) with non-removable cylindrical black metal screw cap, tan and pink cardboard packaging box (b) and rectangular tan paper instruction booklet (c); bottle one quarter full with brown liquid; bottle has flat sides with recesses on front, back, right, and left; bottle has round shoulders, cylindrical neck, round neck ring, and cylindrical finish with continuous external thread; mold lines on sides from base to top and around neck; embossed manufacturers information on bottom and arch topped rectangular cream paper label with product information printed in red ink attached to front; cap has domed top with embossed ring, vertical ridges on exterior sides, rolled bottom edge, and internal continuous thread; box is tall and rectangular with product information and directions printed in English on front and in Polish on back; box opens at top with folding flaps; broken red paper seals with product information attached to top and bottom of box; instruction booklet consists of long folded paper sheets bound with two grey metal staples at fold; booklet contains product directions and additional product advertisements printed in black ink in English at front and Polish inversed at back.
Number Of Parts
a – bottle – Length 13.1 cm Width 4.2 cm Depth 2.2 cm
b – box – Length 14.4 cm Width 4.9 cm Depth 2.9 cm
c – instruction booklet – Length 18.7 cm Width 10.7 cm
Groblewski began producing medicine in 1892, direction booklet claims “making for over 50 years”
paper: cream, tan
ink: black, red, pink
metal: black, brass, grey
Printed on bottle label: “AV. CONTENTS 1 FL. OZ. // ZMIJECZNIK // GROBLEWSKI’S // LINIMENT // RATTLESNAKE BRAND // This Liniment Contains // ALCOHOL 41 %; ETHER 99 M. to // 1 Fl. Oz., CHLOROFORM 75 M. to // 1 Fl. Oz., AMMONIA WATER, // SAFROL 5 %; OIL OF PEPPERMINT // 3 %; CAMPHOR .8 %; IMITATION // OIL OF WINTERGREEN 2 %; MEN- // THOL, TR. BENZOIN COMP., OIL // CAJEPUT. // FOR EXTERNAL USE // See booklet for directions. // PRICE 35 CENTS // THE PROPIETARY OR PATENT // MEDICINE ACT, NO. 15874 // Manufactured by // A. G. GROBLEWSKI & CO. // Made in U. S. A. PLYMOUTH, PA.”; printed on front of box: “AV. CONTENTS 1 FL. OZ. // ZMIJECZNIK // GROBLEWSKI’S // LINIMENT // RATTLESNAKE BRAND // Reg. U. S. Pat. Office & Canada // This Liniment Contains // Alcohol 41 %; Ether 99 M. to // 1 Fl. oz., Chloroform 75 M. to // 1 Fl. oz., Amonia Water; // Safrol 5 %; Oil of Peppermint // 3 %; Camphor .8 %; Imitation // Oil of Wintergreen 2 %; Men- // thol, Tr. Benzoin Comp., Oil // Cajeput. // For External Use // Apply freely for relief of // Soreness in Muscles and Ten- // dons following over-exertion // and exposure, sometimes re- // sulting in Muscular Cramps // or Stiff Neck. // Also for Minor // Burns, Bruises, Stings of // Mosquitoes and other insects, // or for general use whenever // a good Liniment is indicated. // See enclosed booklet for // directions. // MANUFACTURED BY // ALBERT G. GROBLEWSKI & CO., // PLYMOUTH, PA.”; printed of proper right side of box: “THIS // END // UP // PRICE // 35 // CENTS // THE PROPRIETARY // OR PATENT // MEDICINE ACT // NO. 15874 // MADE IN U. S. A.”; printed on proper left side of box: “NOTICE // When you buy // THIS PRODUCT // see that // the package is // unbroken”; printed on box seals: “GENUINE IF SEAL IS WHOLE // ALBERT G. GROBLEWSKI & CO. // ZMIJECZNIK // PLYMOUTH, PA., U. S. A.”; printed at top of front page of instruction booklet: “Groblewski’s // DIRECTIONS FOR // LINIMENT (Rattlesnake Brand) // (The same good Liniment we have been making for over 50 years)”; headings printed in instruction booklet: “FOR MAKING AN EFFICIENT “CHILD’S // RUB” IN A NON-GREASY FORM”, “TO HELP KEEP AWAY MOSQUITOES”, “FOR THAT STIMULATING EFFECT OF AM- // MONIA WATER, CAMPHOR AND MENTHOL”, “FOR THAT COOLING EFFECT OF MENTHOL // ON THE BROW OR FORHEAD”, TO PROMOTE SWEATING OVER EN- // TIRE BODY”, “TO PROMOTE SWEATING IN SOME PAR- // TICULAR PART OF THE BODY”, “THERAPEUTIC LAMP TREATMENTS”; names of advertised products printed in instruction booklet: “BEAR BRAND SALVE”, “EGIUTERRO”, “GROBLEWSKI’S // LINDEN COUGH BALSOM”, “GROBLEWSKI’S COLICRAMP DROPS”, “GROBLEWSKI’S HEADACHE POWDERS”, “FIRE-DRAW BURN LOTION”, “GROBLEWSKI’S TROJANKA”, “CHILDREN LINIMENT”, “GROBLEWSKI’S PLASTER”, “GROBLEWSKI’S STOMACH DROPS”, “GROBLEWSKI’S // PREPERATION C”, “GROBLEWSKI’S CORN APPLICATION”, “NERVOTEINE”, “GROBLEWSKI’S TOOTHACHE DROPS”, “HEARTBURN DROPS”, “CHAPINE LOTION”, “PEDODOR SALVE”, “EATONIC”, “GARGLELICK”, “ITCHYOLA SALVE”, GROBLEWSKI’S // TONIC and APPETIZER”, “GROBLEWSKI’S // POWDERS FOR ROUND WORMS”, “EYE WATER”, “GROBLEWSKI’S REVILA POWDERS”, “REDOL SALVE”, “EXOR SALVE”, “GROBLEWSKI’S NASAL JELLY”, “BEAVER DROPS COMPOUND”, “GROBLEWSKI’S // SOAP FOR HAIR AND SCALP”, “GROBLEWSKI’S LAPINOL SOAP”, “GROBLEWSKI’S HAIR POMADE”
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-6 Box 4 Row B (a-b)
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder E-15 (c)
Unit Of Measure
Minor soiling to top of bottle label; major staining on bottom half of box; minor soiling all over box; major tear to top flap of box causing complete separation; major tear to proper right flap of box causing complete separation; minor distortion to instructional booklet, but stable; minor dark staining to bottom of instruction booklet pages; minor pink pigment transfer on bottom of instruction booklet pages
“A. G. Groblewski Dies at Plymouth.” The Wilkes-Barre Record, 18 April 1925, Newspapers.com, 2019. Accessed 26 July 2019.
“1917 Groblewski's Remedies Quack Medicine Plymouth PA.” Worthpoint, 2019. Accessed 26 July 2019.
Albert G. Groblewski was a patent medicine salesman and manufacturer most famous for his Groblewski Liniment Rattlesnake Brand (Zmijecznik); he was born in Poland in 1861 and moved to the U. S. A. in 1877; he bought his own drug store in 1892 and began manufacturing his famous liniment; it was originally marketed as a cure for rheumatism but this iteration of the product is marketed as a treatment for muscle soreness, aches, small wounds, and insect bites; the company became known as Albert G. Groblewski & Co. Inc. following incorporation in 1921; Groblewski passed away in 1925, but his company continued to grow following his death.
Extreme Unction home kit consists of a light brown cardboard sleeve (a) which has been bound together with black tape and fits around the dark brown wooden box (b) with a decorative lid and carved cross on top; there is a silver metal three dimensional depiction of Jesus attached to the carved cros…
Extreme Unction home kit consists of a light brown cardboard sleeve (a) which has been bound together with black tape and fits around the dark brown wooden box (b) with a decorative lid and carved cross on top; there is a silver metal three dimensional depiction of Jesus attached to the carved cross and a small metal silver banner above the figure; box opens from the bottom via two metal hinges which are nailed to the box and is held closed at the top by a metal clasp, also nailed to the box; there is a metal piece which enables the box to be hung on the wall nailed to the back; inside, there are two pieces of white ribbon on either side which are meant to stop the box from opening all the way; there is also a silver and white decorative pattern on the inside of the box; the kit contains a small, thin 61 page booklet (c) with a gray and blue cover with white pages printed on in black ink detailing the procedures to follow during the Service; there are also two small white wax candles which have been burned (d-e); two dark Brown wooden square candle holders (f-g); a small silver spoon (h); a small rectangular brown waxed paper bag (i); and a white piece of cloth (j).
Number Of Parts
a - cardboard sleeve - Length 20.6 cm x Width 12.8 cm x Depth 6.1cm
b - box - Length 20.2 cm x Width 12.0 cm x Depth 5.4 cm
c - booklet - Length 13.5 cm x Width 7.6 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
d - candle - Length 5.6 cm x Width 2.1cm x Depth 2.2 cm
e - candle - Length 6.1 cm x Width 2.2 cm x Depth 2.0 cm
f - candle holder - Length 5.1 cm x Width 5.1 cm x Depth 1.0 cm
g - candle holder - Length 5.1 cm x Width 5.0 cm x Depth 1.0 cm
h - spoon - Length 13.0 cm x Width 2.7 cm x Depth 2.5 cm
i - wax paper bag - Length 15.1 cm x Width 7.5 cm x Depth 0.2 cm
j - cloth (unfolded) - Length 20.5 cm x Width 20.5 cm x Depth 0.1 cm
Engraved on banner on the front of (b): "INRI"; printed on the front of (c): "SACRED SERVICE"; stamped into the base of (d): "ROOT 100% BEESW"; stamped into the base of (e): "ROOT 100% BEESW"; engraved on the back of (h): "W ALPACCA 33"
(a, b, d, e, f, g, h, j): Storage Room 0010
(c, i): Storage Room 2005
2005-2-5 Box 23
(a) shows signs of fading; (b) has some pitting on the decorative edging at the top of the box and inside, the ribbon on the proper right has detached at the bottom, scratches are also present all over the box itself; the cover of (c) exhibits signs of slight water staining and foxing, there is also a wax droplet on the front cover; (d-e) exhibit signs of use and have black spots all over
"Fish Eaters" website; "Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks & Maker's Marks" website; CD #4
Extreme Unction is also known as Last Rites and is the annointing given to those who are gravely bodily ill, especially those in danger of death; it appears as though this kit is missing the container for the holy water; Alpacca is the trade name of a white coloured alloy of roughly 60% copper, 20% nickel, 20% zinc and 5% tin; it contains no silver; its white colour and durable nature make it an excellent base metal for silverplating; Alpacca was first formulated in Germany in the 19th century by chemists Henniger and Geitner; also known as German Silver or Nickel Silver