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Cress Bunion Salve

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Dates
1928
1940
circa 1928 - 1940
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
017040001
Description
Small short transparent cylindrical glass Cress Bunion Salve jar with non-removable cylindrical black metal screw cap; full with light brown paste; circular push-up base with embossed product and manufacturer information; round rings at base and just below cap; continuous external thread finish; re…
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Accession Number
017040001
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Podiatry
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
Drugs -- topical -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- jar
MM= Drugs -- topical
MM= Drugs -- topical -- container
Description
Small short transparent cylindrical glass Cress Bunion Salve jar with non-removable cylindrical black metal screw cap; full with light brown paste; circular push-up base with embossed product and manufacturer information; round rings at base and just below cap; continuous external thread finish; rectangular cream and black paper label with product information and directions wrapped around sides; cap has rolled bottom edge, flat top with ring indent, vertical ridges on sides, and continuous internal thread; circular white coated paper insert in top interior of cap.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to donor; purchased in the 1980s at the Circle M Flea Market outside Hamilton, Ontario.
Maker
Cress Laboratories
Site Made (City)
Kitchener
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1928
1940
circa 1928 - 1940
Date Remarks
Dominion Glass Company trademarked D-in-diamond logo on bottom of jar in 1928; no date marks present, were first introduced by Dominion in 1940
Material
glass: clear
paper: cream, white
ink: black
metal: black, grey
Inscriptions
Printed on label: “Cress // BUNION // SALVE // CONTAINS CARBOLIC ACID 2% // CRESS LABORATORIES // KITCHENER, ONT. CANADA // DIRECTIONS: // RUB IN THOROUGHLY, NIGHT AND MORNING, // UNTIL SALVE DISAPEARS. PRESS BONE IN // TO KEEP THE TOE OUT AND JOINT IN. IT // TAKES MANY MONTHS TO REMOVE A // BUNION, AND USUALLY REQUIRES SEV- // ERAL JARS. RESULTS DEPEND UPON // REGULAR USE. // DIRECTIONS: // IF THERE IS A HARD CALLOUS // ON THE BUNION APPLY CRESS // CORN SALVE FIRST AS BUN- // ION REDUCES CHANGE TYPE OF SHOE, // IF NECESSARY. FULL DIRECTIONS IN ENCLOSED CIRCULAR. // No. 20389 THE PROPRIETARY OR PATENT MEDICINE ACT. // REG CAN PAT OFF”; embossed on bottom: “CRESS // D”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-6 Box 4 Row E
Length
3.2 cm
Diameter
3.4 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor areas of loss of coating on sides of cap; minor fading all over label; dark discolouration on edges and end of label
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Document
Reference Comments
“Bunions – Diagnosis and Treatment.” Mayo Clinic, 2017. Accessed 2 June 2019.
“What is Carbolic Salve?” wiseGeek, 2019. Accessed 2 June 2019.
Miller, George L., and Elizabeht A. Jorgensen. "Some Notes on Bottle Mould Numbers from the Dominion Glass Company and its Predecessors." Parks Canada, 1984.
Research Facts
Bunions are a common foot condition that form at the base of big toe; the toe joint extends outward causing redness, discomfort, and pain.
The label on the Cress Bunion Salve jar claims to cure bunions after several months, although the carbolic acid in the formula may have been a source of pain relief in combination with the other directions to position the foot properly.
The D in diamond symbol embossed on the bottom indicates glass jar itself was made by Canadian glass manufacturer Dominion Glass Company; Dominion Glass Company trademarked the D-in-diamond logo in 1928; date marks were first introduced by Dominion in 1940.
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