Handblown clear glass bottle with sloped shoulders; narrow neck and protruding lip; without cork; open pontil mark on irregularly shaped bottom of bottle.
Number Of Parts
Items belonged to donor, a physician from Ottawa.
circa 1840 - 1860
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-8 Box 1 Row D
Unit Of Measure
Minor crack along the exterior bottom of neck
Pontil Scars. Society for Historical Archaeology Inc.
When a blowpipe was used as a pontil, it left behind a distinctive ring shaped scar that is usually sharp edged, hollow in the middle, and round to slightly oval with an overall diameter that is roughly the size of the bottles upper neck - circumstantial proof that one blowpipe was usually used for both blowing and empontilling.
On exhibit “Quack: The Exhibit that cures all” at Museum of Health Care, 29 June 2017.
Unit Of Measure
Overall cloudy surface; minor residue inside
Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup; Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology.
The original formula was made by Mrs. Charlotte Winslow; the mother-in-law of Curtis; while she was a nurse caring for infants; many children died from this product from either designated or over dosage; contained morphine.
Exact card found on p. 19 of "American Health Quackery" by James Harvey Young; started in 1830's; in 1906 dropped "soothing" from the name and eliminated the morphine, and was a mixture of carminatives and laxatives, previously also had alcohol, morphin sulphate, aniseed, caraway, etc.; original "recipe" was: sassafrass, cedar, opium, guaiac, capsicum, ammonia, camphor, turpentine, chloroform, alcohol.
The dangers of unregulated patent medicines prompted the Canadian government to adopt drug control laws in the early 20th century.