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Collection
Mr. Jack Willson Collection
Category
Basic Science Artifacts
Classification
Basic Science, Laboratory Instrumentation
Accession Number
000006025 a-c
Description
The balance is attached in a case, and would be used for weighing rather small amounts; placed on a marble slab are two identical sample/weight pans of metal, a metal weighing pan, a scale, and a level window made of metal and glass; other parts, such as a beam and the central pivot, are enclosed i…
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Accession Number
000006025 a-c
Collection
Mr. Jack Willson Collection
Category
Basic Science Artifacts
Classification
Basic Science, Laboratory Instrumentation
MeSH Heading
Weights and Measures
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
MM= Drug Compounding -- scales
Description
The balance is attached in a case, and would be used for weighing rather small amounts; placed on a marble slab are two identical sample/weight pans of metal, a metal weighing pan, a scale, and a level window made of metal and glass; other parts, such as a beam and the central pivot, are enclosed in a wooden box under the marble slab and are not visible; a wooden box with a glass top panel is attached to the marble slab with two hinges at one edge; this top cover protects the parts above the marble slab when the scale is not in use; each sample/weight pan is concave and is supported by a vertical rod that must be connected to the beam in the wooden box; each pan has a long projection pointing to the centre of the instrument; the tip of this pointer is painted black and it moves up and down in front of the scale that is placed mid-way between the two pans; the scale is a flat, rectangular piece of white natural product (ivory?); it is rounded at the top edge, is graduated in black, and is held upright with a metal bracket and four screws, on the marble slab, behind the two pointers extending from the pans; the end of the bracket on the marble slab is connected to a level window behind the scale; the level window is a cylindrical metal dome; between the metal dome and the marble slab is enclosed a glass capsule containing water and an air bubble; two legs on the instrument on the right side of the viewer are screws held by nuts protruding from the side of the instrument; by rotating these two screws, the level of the instrument can be adjusted; two other legs on the left side of the viewer are wooden; a knob at the front centre of the lower wooden box is a beam stopper; when in use, the beam is released by rotating the knob in one direction, and when not in use, the beam is held securely by rotating the knob in the other direction (to protect the beam from damage caused by vibration); there is a trace of a rectangular tag that was once attached on the front centre of the upper wooden cover; there is also a trace of an oval tag that was once attached on the reight front of the lower wooden box; there are two screw holes on the left front of the lower wooden box; the two tags and six screws are missing; on the back of the lower wooden box, at the centre, an end of a metal shaft projects about 2 mm; around the end of the shaft, a metal ring is attached to hold a sign; the weighing pan, used to hold samples or weights during measurement, is a concave metal disk that is placed on the marble slab at the centre.
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a - case - Size: Length 19.8 cm x Width 34.1 cm x Depth 15.9 cm
b - pan - Size: Length 13.8 cm x Width 5.0 cm x Depth 3.0 cm
c - pan - Size: Length 13.8 cm x Width 5.0 cm x Depth 3.0 cm
Provenance
Owned by Jack Willson
Material
metal: silver; yellow
glass: clear
ivory (?): cream
marble: white
wood: brown
Inscriptions
The sign on the metal ring tag on the back reads, "PENNA&N.Y.APPDTYPE 1Y // SERIAL W2"; on the back of each sample/weight pan, a "5" is engraved where the pointer joins the disc.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-A2-3
Condition Remarks
When donated, objects 000.006.026-.030 were placed inside the cover of this item; the beam (below the marble slab, not visible) and the beam stopper work smoothly; minor corrosion on metal parts; numerous minor losses and discolouration on wood and marble; dirty with brown/black residue;
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
JPG
Reference Comments
"Catalog of Laboratory Apparatus and Scientific Instruments JC-141," Central Scientific Company of Canada Ltd., 1942, p. 31 (similar to item 7450) (please see attached photocopy); CD #3
Research Facts
This was approved by authority for accurate measurement.
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Dates
1933
circa 1933
Collection
Mr. Jack Willson Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
000006021
Description
Booklet consisting of one sheet of stiff paper and seven sheets of thin paper bound with two staples along the centre line and folded in half; thus it has 28 pages; the booklet promotes Cow Brand Baking Soda as an antacid home remedy; the booklet also cites 32 symptoms and uses for which baking sod…
Accession Number
000006021
Collection
Mr. Jack Willson Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Antacids -- advertisements
Drugs, Non-Prescription -- ephemera
MM= Drugs -- digestive disorders -- advertisements
Description
Booklet consisting of one sheet of stiff paper and seven sheets of thin paper bound with two staples along the centre line and folded in half; thus it has 28 pages; the booklet promotes Cow Brand Baking Soda as an antacid home remedy; the booklet also cites 32 symptoms and uses for which baking soda may be effective.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by Jack Willson
Maker
Church & Dwight Limited
Site Made (City)
Montreal
Site Made (State)
Quebec
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1933
circa 1933
Date Remarks
Dated on the copyright on the title page
Material
paper: yellow; beige
Inscriptions
The title page reads, "A Friend in // Need // DWIGHT'S // COW BRAND // BAKING SODA // FACTS WORTH KNOWING ABOUT // COW BRAND BAKING SODA // AS A PROVED MEDICAL // AGENT // CHURCH & DWIGHT Limited // 2715 Reading Street // Montreal, Canada // Copyright 1933 Printed in Canada"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-2-2 Box #1
Dimension Notes
Length 14.4 cm x Width 9.0 cm x Depth 0.7 cm
Condition Remarks
The cover and text block have discoloured overall, and are split at the back; there are tears on the first page, the last page, and the back cover; the last page is dog-eared; there are stains on all pages.
Copy Type
Original
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booklet with sample cachets

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Dates
1940
circa 1940
Collection
Mr. Jack Willson Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
000006007
Description
Four-page booklet and two pieces of medicine; a piece of medicine measures 3.2 cm in diameter and has a depth of 0.3 cm, and is a thin disc with a narrow rim like a hat; the booklet is one piece of paper printed in blue on both sides, folded in half along the vertical centre line; it is not certain…
Accession Number
000006007
Collection
Mr. Jack Willson Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription -- instruction
MM= Drug Packaging
Description
Four-page booklet and two pieces of medicine; a piece of medicine measures 3.2 cm in diameter and has a depth of 0.3 cm, and is a thin disc with a narrow rim like a hat; the booklet is one piece of paper printed in blue on both sides, folded in half along the vertical centre line; it is not certain whether the medicine is part of the original promotion kit.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by Jack Willson; obtained in the 1930s from the drug store run by his father
Maker
Smith & Nephew Pharmaceuticals Limited
Site Made (City)
Welwyn Garden City
Site Made (State)
Hertfordshire
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1940
circa 1940
Date Remarks
Item in a pharmacy in the 1930s
Material
paper: white; blue
medicine: white
metal: silver
Inscriptions
Front page: "CACHETS // are easy to take // sont faciles à prendre // SNP [logo, see sketch on accession sheet] // Smith & Nephew Parmaceuticals Limited // Welwyn Garden City, Herts., England"; fourth page: "why CACHETS? // There are four main advantages when taking this compound in the form of // cachets instead of in tablet or other forms. // 1 Each cachet contains the equiva- // lent of several tablets. This means // fewer "swallows" a day. // 2 Cachets leave no unpleasant taste. // 3 Cachets disintegrate rapidly as // soon as they are swallowed. // 4 Cachets bring the compound // absolutely fresh to the patient. // N.B. It is absolutely essential to the success of treatment that the dosage // instructions laid down by the physician are adhered to. // [preceding text repeated in French] // Medical Information Department . Service des renseignements médicaux // Smith & Nephew Pharmaceuticals Limited // Welwyn Garden City, England // Printed in England // Imprimé en Angleterre // Form S.CACH (E/F"; inside of booklet (second and third pages) is divided into five blocks; the first block on the left is text only, the second through fifth blocks have photographic illustrations above the text for each block; first block: "Oral administration by // cachets has certain distinct // advantages. At first sight // cachets may seem rather // large to swallow but they // are surprisingly easy to take // if these simple rules are // followed."; second block: "Moisten cachets by dropping // full dose into partly-filled // tumbler of water, milk or // fruit squash."; third block: "Leave for a few seconds to // soften, then, one by one, lift // out on dessert spoon with // some of liquid."; fourth block: "Swallow cachet and liquid // together. Repeat until full // dose has been taken."; fifth block: "Finally wash cachets down // with remaining liquid. If pos- // sible take dose immediately // after food. // CACHETS [logo: white letters on blue background] // MEAN FEWER SWALLOWS — LEAVE NO UNPLEASANT TASTE // MOINS DE DOSES A PRENDRE — NE LAISSENT AUCUN GOUT DESAGREABLE"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-2-2 Box #3
Dimension Notes
Length 10.5 cm x Width 12.3 cm
Condition Remarks
The paper is discoloured; brochure is stapled--staples could cause stains in the future
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Reference Comments
Jack Willson, personal communication
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The Canadian Formulary of Unofficial Preparations (4th Edition) [booklet]

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Dates
1915
Collection
Mr. Jack Willson Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
Accession Number
000006022
Description
Booklet consisting of 32 leaves bound with three staples; a sheet of coarsely woven cloth makes the front cover, spine, and back cover; the front and back covers are lined individually with separate sheets of paper that are folded into halves; one half of each lining paper is pasted on the cover cl…
Accession Number
000006022
Collection
Mr. Jack Willson Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
MeSH Heading
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Formularies, Hospital -- Ontario
Manuals
Description
Booklet consisting of 32 leaves bound with three staples; a sheet of coarsely woven cloth makes the front cover, spine, and back cover; the front and back covers are lined individually with separate sheets of paper that are folded into halves; one half of each lining paper is pasted on the cover cloth, and the other half makes an extra leaf that is glued on the text block along the spine: thus the cloth cover is hinged on the text block; the book contains prefaces of the fourth, third, and second editions, 163 formulae for drug dispensing, and an index; the formulae include liquid drugs, paste drugs, powdered drugs, flavours for drugs, and flavoured drugs (e.g., "aromatic castor oil" or "sweet castor oil").
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by Jack Willson
Maker
The Ontario College of Pharmacy
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1915
Date Remarks
Publishing date printed on the title page
Material
paper: white; beige
fabric: orange
Inscriptions
The title page reads, "THE // Canadian Formulary // OF // UNOFFICIAL PREPARATIONS // (4th Edition) // — // BY AUTHORITY OF // THE ONTARIO COLLEGE OF PHARMACY // — // PRICE 50 CENTS // — // Published by // THE ONTARIO COLLEGE OF PHARMACY // TORONTO, ONT. // 1915"; on the first leaf after the front cover, handwriting in blue-black ink reads, "W.C. Willson // O.C.P. 1915-16" at the upper centre; at the lower right corner on the same leaf, a white paper sticker reads, "MR JOHN T C WILLSON // 700 WILSON ROAD NORTH APT 1203 // OSHAWA ON L1G 7T5" in black print, and "Pharm.B." handwritten in black.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-2-2 Box #1
Dimension Notes
Length 22.8 cm x Width 15.4 cm x Depth 1.3 cm
Condition Remarks
The cover is stiff; the lining papers are splitting at their folding lines, and the text block and the cover are falling apart; the book is too stiff to open and read; black residue is smudged all over the front and back covers; there are beige stains inside of the back cover; many pages have notes written by hand with black ink.
Copy Type
Original
Research Facts
Item 000.006.003 is a manufactured castor oil, which can be compared with the formula contained in this book.
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Cascarin Comp. No. 1

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Dates
1890
circa 1890
Collection
Mr. Jack Willson Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
Accession Number
000006004
Description
Rectangular glass medicine bottle with open moulded body, tooled neck, and slightly concave bottom; top of rim has an irregular surface; shoulders are narrow and sloped; mould seams along the bottle's right front and the left back edges; small projections on the bottom corners, possibly tool marks;…
Accession Number
000006004
Collection
Mr. Jack Willson Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
MeSH Heading
Cathartics
Constipation -- drug therapy
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Rectangular glass medicine bottle with open moulded body, tooled neck, and slightly concave bottom; top of rim has an irregular surface; shoulders are narrow and sloped; mould seams along the bottle's right front and the left back edges; small projections on the bottom corners, possibly tool marks; glass contains many air bubbles; paper labels on the front and around the neck; stopped with a cork and is full of flat tablets.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by Jack Willson
Maker
H. K. Wampole, Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Perth
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1890
circa 1890
Date Remarks
No mould seam on the collar of the bottle neck
Material
glass: translucent dark brown
paper: beige
cork: beige
Inscriptions
Front label: "100 // COMPRESSED // TABLETS // Cascarin // Comp. // No. 1 // Cascarin, 1-4 gr. // Aloin, 1-4 gr. // Podoph. Res., 1-4 gr. // MADE BY // H. K. WAMPOLE & CO. // LIMITED // Man'f'g Pharmacists // PERTH, ONT., CAN."; pencil mark on front label reads either "M 8" or "M E," with an underline; neck: a line, below which is printed, "CHOCOLATE // COATED"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-6 Box 2 Row G
Dimension Notes
Length 7.0 cm x Width 3.8 cm x Depth 2.4 cm
Condition Remarks
Glass is clean; paper label on the front is missing two upper corners; both ends of the label around the neck have been torn away and lost; cork is blackened; dust and residual material are accumulated at the junction of cork and glass; there is a round fragment of paper on the cork
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Bottles: Identification and Price Guide," by Michael Polak, 1994, p. 19; "The Snake-Oil Syndrome: Patent Medicine Advertising," by A. Walker Bingham, 1994, p. 108; "The Merck Index of Chemicals and Drugs," 7th ed., Merck & Co., 1960, pp. 38, 217-218, 401-402; "Gould's Pocket Pronouncing Medical Dictionary," by George M. Gould, 1924; "The Oxford Dictionary of Current English," Oxford University Press, 1998; "Hirokawa's Comprehensive Dictionary of Pharmaceutical Sciences," Hirokawa Publishing Co., 1983
Research Facts
Cascarin Comp. No. 1 is a laxative. As similar drugs, "The Snake-Oil Syndrome" shows advertisement items of "Cascarine" and "Cascaret." Cascara sagrada was, according to an old Merck Index, a plant found in northern Idaho and in the area west to northern California. "Podoph. Res." is suspected to be Resin of Podophyllum, which is a poweful cathartic.
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cranesbill root box

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Dates
1906
Collection
Mr. Jack Willson Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
Accession Number
000006009
Description
Cardboard box with a paper label covering the top, front, and bottom; the box can be opened by cutting the label; the box is filled with material
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Accession Number
000006009
Collection
Mr. Jack Willson Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
MeSH Heading
Plants, Medicinal
Diarrhea -- drug therapy
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Description
Cardboard box with a paper label covering the top, front, and bottom; the box can be opened by cutting the label; the box is filled with material
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by Jack Willson
Maker
Murray & Nickell Mfg. Co.
Site Made (City)
Chicago
Site Made (State)
Illinois
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1906
Date Remarks
June 30, 1906 is printed on box
Material
cardboard: off-white; black
paper: white; brown
Inscriptions
Right side: "C 15 [handwritten in pencil]"; label front: framed with a thin, square outer border line and a thick square, inner border line; inside the frame there are fern leaves, flowers and leaves on stems, lichen, and vines are arranged around an extended scroll; the material's Latin name appears on the scroll, and other texts are set around the plants in various fonts; front label reads: "Murray & Nickell // Mfg.Co. // CRANESBILL ROOT // GERANIUM MACULATUM // Chicago."; top: "PROPERTIES // powerfnl [sic] astringent. Used in dyspepsia, // diarrhoea, cholera infantum, and excessive // mucous discharges. Infusion, Cranesbill Root, // one ounce. Hot Water, one pint, Dose, a // wineglassful."; bottom: "COMMON NAMES // Cranesbill // Dovesfoot, Crowfoot, Spotted // Geranium, Alum Root, etc."; left side of box: "Guaranteed by Murray & Nickell // Mfg. Co. under the Food and // Drugs Act, June 30, 1906 // Serial Number 1859"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A1-4 Row D
Dimension Notes
Length 5.7 cm x Width 5.5 cm x Depth 2.3 cm
Condition Remarks
Box and label are discoloured; label has some beige spots on top and is torn along bottom edge; left front edge of box abraded; contents (vegetable matter) are leaking
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Other
JPG
Reference Comments
"The Merck Index of Chemicals and Drugs," 7th ed., Merck & Co., 1960, p. 477; "Gould's Pocket Pronouncing Medical Dictionary," by George M. Gould, 1924; see also 000.006.010; CD #7.
Research Facts
Cranesbill Root is used for digestive disorders. (See accession sheet for further details.)
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cranesbill root box

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Dates
1906
Collection
Mr. Jack Willson Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
Accession Number
000006010
Description
Flat, almost square cardboard box; a paper label covers top, front, bottom and sides; this is covered with shrink-wrap plastic; to open box, label would be cut along the top and bottom edges; box is full of material
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Accession Number
000006010
Collection
Mr. Jack Willson Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
MeSH Heading
Plants, Medicinal
Diarrhea -- drug therapy
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Description
Flat, almost square cardboard box; a paper label covers top, front, bottom and sides; this is covered with shrink-wrap plastic; to open box, label would be cut along the top and bottom edges; box is full of material
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by Jack Willson
Maker
Murray & Nickell Mfg. Co.
Site Made (City)
Chicago
Site Made (State)
Illinois
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1906
Date Remarks
June 30, 1906 is printed on box
Material
paper: white; black
Inscriptions
Right side: "C 15 [handwritten in pencil]"; label front: framed with a thin, square outer border line and a thick square, inner border line; inside the frame there are fern leaves, flowers and leaves on stems, lichen, and vines are arranged around an extended scroll; the material's Latin name appears on the scroll, and other texts are set around the plants in various fonts; front label reads: "Murray & Nickell // Mfg.Co. // CRANESBILL ROOT // GERANIUM MACULATUM // Chicago."; top: "PROPERTIES // powerfnl [sic] astringent. Used in dyspepsia, // diarrhoea, cholera infantum, and excessive // mucous discharges. Infusion, Cranesbill Root, // one ounce. Hot Water, one pint, Dose, a // wineglassful."; bottom: "COMMON NAMES // Cranesbill // Dovesfoot, Crowfoot, Spotted // Geranium, Alum Root, etc."; left side of box: "Guaranteed by Murray & Nickell // Mfg. Co. under the Food and // Drugs Act, June 30, 1906 // Serial Number 1859"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A1-4 Row E
Dimension Notes
Length 5.7 cm x Width 5.5 cm x Depth 2.3 cm
Condition Remarks
Box and label are discoloured; label has some discoloured spots; the box's surface is ruptured along the right front edge and some contents (vegetable matter) are leaking; #2: box shows some minor discolouration, but is complete and stable; label is complete and fully legible; there is minor discolouration at the top of the label; box is full of cranesbill root and is unopened.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Other
JPG
Reference Comments
"The Merck Index of Chemicals and Drugs," 7th ed., Merck & Co., 1960, p. 477; "Gould's Pocket Pronouncing Medical Dictionary," by George M. Gould, 1924; see also 000.006.009; CD #8
Research Facts
Cranesbill Root is used for digestive disorders. (See accession sheet for further details.)
Exhibit History
On exhibit: Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, Aug. 6, 2003-15 Nov. 2010.
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The Domestic Chemist: Comprising Instructions for the Detection of Adulteration in Numerous Articles Employed in Domestic Economy, Medicine, and the Arts. To Which Are Subjoined, the Art of Detecting Poisons in Food and Organic Mixtures; and a Popular Introduction to the Principles of Chemical Analysis. [book]

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Dates
1831
Collection
Mr. Jack Willson Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
Accession Number
000006019
Description
Book is bound in leather, with stitching and glue; the body text is 340 pages; paper is pasted on the front and back covers, leaving the corners and the area around the spine; on the spine, there are four raised horizontal lines to imitate cord binding, embossed and gilded ornamentation; the title …
Accession Number
000006019
Author
Unknown
Collection
Mr. Jack Willson Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
MeSH Heading
Chemistry
Textbooks
Description
Book is bound in leather, with stitching and glue; the body text is 340 pages; paper is pasted on the front and back covers, leaving the corners and the area around the spine; on the spine, there are four raised horizontal lines to imitate cord binding, embossed and gilded ornamentation; the title on the spine is embossed on red background and gilded; the paper on the cover and the text block are decorated with a marbled pattern in blue, red and black; the leather is ruled along the edges of the paper.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by Jack Willson
Maker
Bumpus & Griffin; Richard Griffin & Co.
Site Made (City)
Glasgow
Site Made (State)
Strathclyde
Site Made (Country)
Scotland
Dates
1831
Date Remarks
Dated on the title page
Material
paper: brown; grey; white
leather: black
Inscriptions
Inside the front cover is handwritten in ink, "[illeg.]/049", "J" in pencil, and "James H Lynde" in pencil; on the first blank page of the text block, "James H Lynde" is handwritten in ink, and "James Henry Lynde // Lown Hale" with pencil; the cover of the book reads, "THE // DOMESTIC CHEMIST: // COMPRISING INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE // DETECTION OF ADULTERATION // IN NUMEROUS ARTICLES EMPLOYED // IN // Domestic Economy, Medicine, and the Arts. [ornate style] // TO WHICH ARE SUBJOINED, // THE ART OF DETECTING POISONS // IN FOOD AND ORGANIC MIXTURES; // AND // A POPULAR INTRODUCTION TO THE PRINCIPLES // OF // CHEMICAL ANALYSIS. // — // ILLUSTRATED BY ENGRAVINGS ON WOOD. // — // LONDON: // BUMPUS & GRIFFIN, 3, SKINNER-STREET; // AND RICHARD GRIFFIN AND CO. GLASGOW. // — // 1831."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-3
Dimension Notes
Length 14.3 cm x Width 9.8 cm x Depth 2.4cm
Condition Remarks
The paper and leather on the cover are lost at the edges, and the thick cardboard underneath is exposed; the leather is abraded at the edges and the corners to expose a reddish inner matrix; there are many abrasion marks and scratch marks on the paper of the back cover; the text block has discoloured to an uneven light beige; there are fingerprints and brown spots on the pages; a brown solid is embedded between the back of the grey paper and the first page of the text block, causing brown stains; the illustrations printed on the page before the title page have bled onto the title page.
Copy Type
Original
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Dr. Thomas' Eclectric oil

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Dates
1924
circa 1924
Collection
Mr. Jack Willson Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
000006002 a-b
Description
A hollow, rectangular glass bottle with broad sloped shoulders and a ring below a threaded neck; a concave bottom is fused on the body column; a paper label is adhered across the front side of the bottle, extending to the centres of the left and right sides; the metal screw cap has a rolled end and…
Accession Number
000006002 a-b
Collection
Mr. Jack Willson Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
A hollow, rectangular glass bottle with broad sloped shoulders and a ring below a threaded neck; a concave bottom is fused on the body column; a paper label is adhered across the front side of the bottle, extending to the centres of the left and right sides; the metal screw cap has a rolled end and line grips around the top rim; the bottle is full of liquid (see accession sheet for sketch).
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - bottle
b - cap
Provenance
Owned by Jack Willson.
Maker
Northrop-McGillvray Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1924
circa 1924
Date Remarks
Conventional screw-top bottle became common after 1924
Material
glass: translucent dark brown
paper: yellow
metal: black
Inscriptions
The bottom of the bottle has raised marks that read "1 // 8 // 4"; there is a triangle in the centre and the number "73139" appears below the triangle; label: "DR. THOMAS' // ECLECTRIC // OIL"; "S N Thomas"; "Contains: Camphor 0.87% w/v // Oil of Thyme 0.01% w/v // 50 ml // FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY // RÉSERVÉ À L'USAGE EXTERNE // G.P. No. 394114 // NORTHROP-McGILLVRAY // LIMITED // TORONTO CANADA // ESTABLISHED 1854"; lot number is stamped: "LOT NO 4762"; right side: "Dr. Thomas' Eclectric Oil is also known as Canadian Healing Oil in many // parts of the world. // Minor Burns — Apply quickly and freely and bind up. To avoid cracking, // keep the bandage moistened with the Oil. // Insect Bites, Stings, Chapped Hands, Muscular Pains, Minor Rheumatic // Pains, Neuralgia, Backache, Aching Joints, Bruises and Sprains // Apply liberally, working the Oil in well. // Coughs due to Colds, Bronchitis, False Croup and Simple Sort Throat // Apply the Oil freely to the neck and chest using prolonged gentle rubbing. Cover the chest with a soft cloth after treatment."; left side: right side repeated in French
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-5 Box 2 Row C
Dimension Notes
a - bottle - Size: Length 10.0 cm x Width 5.5 cm x Depth 3.0 cm
b - cap - Size: Depth 0.9 cm x Diam. 2.0 cm
Condition Remarks
Bottle has a white crystalline stain on the front side between cap and label, probably caused by the spilt contents of bottle; paper label has a round grey stain
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Bottles: Identification and Price Guide," by Michael Polak, 1994, pp. 21, 24; "The Snake-Oil Syndrome: Patent Medicine Advertising," by A. Walker Bingham, 1994, pp. 43, 68,124, plate 59; "The Merck Index of Chemicals and Drugs," 7th ed., Merck & Co., 1960, pp. 200-201, 751; "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils," by Julia Laws, 1995, p. 228
Research Facts
Eclectric Oil has a wide variety of local application for inflammation. This drug's application is somewhat consistent with the traditional usage of its active ingredients, camphor and oil of thyme.
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Dates
1868
circa 1868
Collection
Mr. Jack Willson Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
000006018
Description
Booklet with ten leaves that are printed in black on both sides; four sheets of paper are folded in half, bound with one stitch of white thread, and another sheet is glued to the folded edge to become the front and back covers; this is a drug manufacturer's catalogue that contains a message from th…
Accession Number
000006018
Collection
Mr. Jack Willson Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Pharmaceutical Preparations -- administration and dosage
Pharmaceutical Preparations -- catalog
Description
Booklet with ten leaves that are printed in black on both sides; four sheets of paper are folded in half, bound with one stitch of white thread, and another sheet is glued to the folded edge to become the front and back covers; this is a drug manufacturer's catalogue that contains a message from the company's executive, a list of crude drug extracts with their dosages, a list of pre-dispensed liquid drugs, and recommendation letters from physicians.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by Jack Willson
Maker
Duffield, Parke & Co.
Site Made (City)
Detroit
Site Made (State)
Michigan
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1868
circa 1868
Date Remarks
Dated on the front cover
Material
paper: brown; black
Inscriptions
The front cover has the words, "DUFFIELD'S // MEDICINAL // Fluid Extracts // Manufactured by // DUFFIELD, PARKE & Co. // DETROIT, MICHIGAN // TRADE MARK"; an ornamental letter "D" with the word "MEDICAMENTA" above it and "VERA" below is the trademark; below this are the words, "DOSE LIST OF FLUID EXTRACTS // DETROIT: // DAILY POST BOOK AND JOB PRINTING ESTABLISHMENT. // 1868"; all of the words are within a rectangular box with decorative corners; the back cover reads, "Samuel P. Duffield, Ph.D. Hervery C. Parke. Geo. S. Davis // Aug. F. Jennings, M.D. // DUFFIELD, PARKE & Co., // Manufacturing Chemists // No. 78 CASS AVENUE, // DETROIT, – – – MICH. // MANUFACTURERS OF // AQ. AMMONIA, Carboy and Demijohn. // SPIRITS AMMONIA, 1lb. and 5 lb. Bottles. // ARSENIC SOLUTION (Fowler's), C. and D. // ARSENIC SOLUTION (Donovan's), C. and D. // BLUE PILL, 1 lb. Jars. // ETHERS, 1 lb. and 3½ lb. Bottles. // SPIRITS AETH. NIT., Carboy and Demijohn. // HOFFMAN'S ANODYNE, 1 lb. Bottles. // SYR. IODIDE IRON 1 lb. Bottles. // TINCTURE MUR. IRON, C. and D. // SALTS OF IRON, Bottles. // SALTS OF MERCURY, Bottles. // MERCURIAL CHALK, 1 lb. Bottles. // MERCURIAL OINTMENT, 1 lb. Jars and in bulk. // LIQUOR POTASS, C. and D. // SPIRITS LAVAND. COMP., 1 lb. Bottles. // SYR. PYROPHOS. IRON, 1 lb. Bottles. // MEDICINAL SYRUPS. // Etc., Etc., Etc. // CARBOYS. $1.50 DEMIJOHNS, at cost prices // DUFFIELD'S FLUID EXTRACTS, 1 lb. and 5 lb. Bottles. // DUFFIELD'S CHEM. PURE CHLOROFORM, 1 lb. Bottles. // DUFFIELD'S WILD CHERRY AND IRON, Bottles, 1 doz. // Boxes. // DUFFIELD'S AROMATIC ELIX. VAL. AMMONIA, 4 oz. // Bottles, 1 doz. Boxes. // DUFFIELD'S CHEMICAL FOOD 1 lb. Bottles // we offer the above goods and prices defying cempetition, and // solicit the patronage of our western friends. // Our Laboratory is under supervision of DR. SAMUEL P. // DUFFIELD."; all the words are within a rectangle with small decorations on each corner.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-2-2 Box #4
Dimension Notes
Length 22.8 cm x Width 15.2 cm x Depth 0.2cm
Condition Remarks
All pages have discoloured to light brown; there are fold lines, tears, losses, and abrasion marks along the folded edge of the front cover; inside the front cover, on the top and bottom edges of the bound line, there are brown stains and smudges, as if they were caused by adhesive tape; the glue residue inside the back cover shows no discolouration.
Copy Type
Original
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