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apothecary kit

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Dates
1775
circa 1775
Collection
Kingston General Hospital Foundation Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
993001003 a-aq
Description
Medicine chest, which consists of (a) a rectangular wooden chest with hinged doors at the front, back and top and brass handles at the sides; the front of the chest has two doors, hinged at the left and right sides, that open outwards to reveal four drawers in the bottom and 6 compartments with woo…
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Accession Number
993001003 a-aq
Collection
Kingston General Hospital Foundation Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drug Storage, instrumentation
House Calls
MM= Drug Case
MM= Drug Packagaing -- container -- bottle
Description
Medicine chest, which consists of (a) a rectangular wooden chest with hinged doors at the front, back and top and brass handles at the sides; the front of the chest has two doors, hinged at the left and right sides, that open outwards to reveal four drawers in the bottom and 6 compartments with wooden dividers built in at the top; the outside of the right door has a round brass knob attached to it and the left door has hardware to secure it closed and a wooden toggle on the outside that holds both doors together; the back of the chest has two doors, hinged at the left and right sides, that open outwards to reveal two shelves, each with three compartments with wooden dividers built in; the outside of the right door has a round brass knob attached to it and the left door has hardware to secure it closed and a wooden toggle in the outside that holds both doors together; the top of the chest is hinged at the back and has a lock at the front; the keyhole is ivory-lined and fits (b) a small metal key that is cylindrical and hollow at the end with a cut rectangular piece at the bottom of the end; the finger grip is oval with an open centre; the inside of the top of the chest has 6 compartments with built-in dividers; there is an open rectangular section at the front, four deep rectangular compartments with open tops in the centre and three open rectangular sections at the back, one which has (c) a removable sliding wooden lid; this lid is flat and rectangular with a semi-circular piece cut out from the top right side for a finger grip; there are 4 square wooden drawers (d-g) built into the lower front of the chest; each drawer has a round ivory knob attached to the front at the centre; the top left drawer (d) has a built-in divider in the middle and two sliding wooden lids (dd) and (ddd); both lids are flat and rectangular with a semicircular piece cut out at the top for a finger grip; (e) is an open drawer; (f) has a narrow rectangular piece set into the lower right side of the drawer and grooved areas at the top and bottom right side and centre left side; (g) has a flat piece of wood covering it; this piece has four circular holes cut into it, which hold four mixing cups (n-q, described later); the top of the front of the chest holds 6 glass bottles (h-m) with stoppered lids (jj-mm); the stoppers on (h) and (i) do not come off and were not removed; each bottle is hollow and rectangular in shape with flat sides and base and rounded shoulders; the top lip is round with an 8-sided edge; the stoppers are made of solid glass, round at the bottom and rectangular at the top; all the bottles are empty; the mixing cups (n-q) are cylindrical and open at the top; the lip flares out slightly; there is a flat round base on the bottom which allows them to stand; the back of the case houses 6 glass bottles (r-w) with stoppers (rr-ww); each bottle is hollow and squarish with flat sides and bottom and rounded shoulders leading to a short round neck; the top lip is round with an 8-sided edge; the stoppers are made of solid glass, round at the bottom and rectangular on top; the top of the chest has four compartments, each of which houses a glass bottle (x-aa) with a stoppered lid (xx-aaa); each bottle is hollow and rectangular in shape with flat sides and bottom and slightly rounded shoulders that lead to a long open rounded neck; the lip of the bottle has a squared band around the outside, giving it a larger diameter; a glass stopper fits into the neck; each stopper is solid, round on the botton and rectangular on top.
Number Of Parts
43
Part Names
a - medicine chest (closed) - Size: Length 24.6 cm. x Width 20.3 cm. x Depth 27.2 cm.
b - key - Size: Length 2.7 cm. x Width 1.3 cm. x Depth 0.4 cm.
c - compartment lid - Size: Length 4.7 cm. x Width 3.6 cm. x Depth 0.4 cm.
d - wooden drawer - Size: Length 10.0 cm. x Width 10.6 cm. x Depth 3.2 cm.
dd - drawer lid - Size: Length 4.4 cm. x Width 8.9 cm. x Depth 0.4 cm.
ddd - drawer lid - Size: Length 4.4 cm. x Width 8.9 cm. x Depth 0.4 cm.
e - wooden drawer - Size: Length 10.0 cm. x Width 10.6 cm. x Depth 3.2 cm.
f - wooden drawer - Size: Length 10.0 cm. x Width 10.7 cm. x Depth 4.5 cm.
g - wooden drawer - Size: Length 10.0 cm. x Width 10.7 cm. x Depth 4.5 cm.
h - bottle with stopper - Size: Length 9.5 cm. x Width 3.2 cm. x Depth 2.5 cm.
i - bottle with stopper - Size: Length 9.5 cm. x Width 3.2 cm. x Depth 2.5 cm.
j - bottle - Size: Length 8.0 cm. x Width 3.1 cm. x Depth 2.5 cm.
jj - stopper - Size: Length 2.8 cm. x Diameter1.7
k - bottle - Size: Length 8.0 cm. x Width 3.1 cm. x Depth 2.5 cm.
kk - stopper - Size: Length 2.7 cm. x Diameter1.6
l - bottle - Size: Length 8.1 cm. x Width 3.2 cm. x Depth 2.5 cm.
ll - stopper - Size: Length 2.7 cm. x Diameter1.6
m - bottle - Size: Length 8.1 cm. x Width 3.2 cm. x Depth 2.5 cm.
mm - stopper - Size: Length 2.8 cm. x Diameter1.7
n - mixing cup - Size: Length 3.8 cm. x Diameter3.8
o - mixing cup - Size: Length 3.7 cm. x Diameter3.7
p - mixing cup - Size: Length 4.0 cm. x Diameter3.6
q - mixing cup - Size: Length 4.0 cm. x Diameter4.0
r - bottle - Size: Length 8.2 cm. x Width 6.4 cm. x Depth 2.8 cm.
rr - stopper - Size: Length 2.4 cm. x Diameter1.4
s - bottle - Size: Length 7.8 cm. x Width 6.2 cm. x Depth 4.9 cm.
ss - stopper - Size: Length 2.4 cm. x Diameter1.4
t - bottle - Size: Length 8.1 cm. x Width 6.4 cm. x Depth 4.9 cm.
tt - stopper - Size: Length 2.4 cm. x Diameter1.5
u - bottle - Size: Length 7.8 cm. x Width 6.5 cm. x Depth 4.9 cm.
uu - stopper - Size: Length 2.6 cm. x Diameter1.4
v - bottle - Size: Length 8.1 cm. x Width 6.4 cm. x Depth 4.9 cm.
vv - stopper - Size: Length 2.3 cm. x Diameter1.4
w - bottle - Size: Length 8.0 cm. x Width 6.4 cm. x Depth 4.9 cm.
ww - stopper - Size: Length 2.2 cm. x Diameter1.4
x - bottle - Size: Length 12.5 cm. x Width 4.3 cm. x Depth 4.3 cm.
xx - stopper - Size: Length 3.8 cm. x Width 2.3 cm. x Depth 2.2 cm.
y - bottle - Size: Length 12.6 cm. x Width 4.3 cm. x Depth 4.3 cm.
yy - stopper - Size: Length 3.8 cm. x Width 2.4 cm. x Depth 2.3 cm.
z - bottle - Size: Length 12.6 cm. x Width 4.3 cm. x Depth 4.3 cm.
zz - stopper - Size: Length 3.8 cm. x Width 2.4 cm.
aa - bottle - Size: Length 12.6 cm. x Width 4.3 cm.
aaa - stopper - Size: Length 3.7 cm. x Width 2.5 cm. x Depth 2.3 cm.
Dates
1775
circa 1775
Date Remarks
Similar to example in book by Wilbur (see Reference Comments)
Material
metal: grey; yellow
wood: brown
ivory: ivory
glass: clear
paper: off-white
Inscriptions
(h), (i), (l), and (m) have the letters "EB" in raised lettering at the bottom outside of the bottles; (s) has the number "14" etched into the front centre panel; (u) has the number "16" etched into the front centre panel; (u,v) both have a paper label attached to the front centre panel with the words, "Eye Lotion" written on in ink; (x) has the remnants of a paper label attached to the front centre panel; (x-aa) all have a raised 1-directional arrow on the bottom of the bottles
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A6-1
Condition Remarks
The chest shows minor surface grime and minor scratches(a) on the surface; the back left door is cracked; the top left side of the lid has a deep gouge; there is a small missing section of veneer at the top front; the brass hardware shows tarnish, but no serious corrosion; minor green spots can be seen on the left handle; the ivory drawer pulls and keyhole show minor discolouration, but no cracks or missing sections; (h) outer edge of bottle lip has a small chip; (i) outer edge of bottle lip has a small chip; (j) outer edge of bottle lip has a very small chip; (p) outer edge of base of mixing cup has a chip; (u) inside of bottle has a cloudy residue; (v) upper right corner of label is missing; (x) front label is only a remnant; (y) small amount of brown residue at inside bottom
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Photo
Reference Comments
"Antique Medical Instruments," by C. Keith Wilbur, M.D., 1987, p. 83; photographed on Jan. 28, 1998
Exhibit History
To display in Museum: Potions, Pills and Prescriptions; May 1, 2000 - 28 Jan 2017
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Chlorodyne modified

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Dates
1900
1930
1900-1930
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
Accession Number
1974.11.26
Description
An amber glass bottle with a black screw cap containing a green liquid (about 1 fl. oz); yellow paper label wrapped around bottle with printing at 90° to the length of the bottle.
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Accession Number
1974.11.26
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
MeSH Heading
Drugs
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- headache remedies
MM= Drug Packagaing -- container -- bottle
Description
An amber glass bottle with a black screw cap containing a green liquid (about 1 fl. oz); yellow paper label wrapped around bottle with printing at 90° to the length of the bottle.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: North Lambton Medical Group, Arkona, Ont. (Dr. S. Trapp), via Dr. L. Levine.
Maker
Charles R. Will & Co. Ltd.
Site Made (City)
London
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1900
1930
1900-1930
Date Remarks
Original record had "early 20c."
Material
glass: amber
liquid: green
metal: black
paper: yellow
ink: black
Inscriptions
On label: "Net contents 4 fl ounces // CHLORODYNE // MODIFIED // Each fluid ounce contains // Morphine Hydro- // chloride 2 7/8 grs. // Chloroform 46 mins // Oil Peppermint 1 1/2 mins // Tinct. Capsicum 5 mins // Acid Hydrocyanic // Dilute 9 mins // DOSE // 5-15 minims // POISON // LOT NO. C57044 // CHARLES R WILL & CO. // LIMITED // LONDON - CANADA"; stamped on bottom: "4 oz // L 6 // V – 46 – C // 2"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-5 Box 5 Row C
Length
11.0 cm
Width
4.5 cm
Copy Type
Original
Research Facts
Dr. Percy Russell Urie was a Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Class of 1919 graduate.
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Rexall Aromatic Spirit of Ammonia B. P. C.

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Dates
1959
1979
circa 1959 – 1969
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
018011005
Description
Empty elliptical based semi-transparent brown glass Rexall Aromatic Spirit of Ammonia bottle with non-removable black plastic screw cap; base is textured with elliptical push up and embossed manufacturers information; slightly rounded front and back walls and round side walls; round ribbed shoulder…
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Accession Number
018011005
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Fainting -- drug therapy
Pharmacy
MM= Drug Packagaing -- container -- bottle
MM= Drugs -- container -- bottle
First Aid
First Aid -- instrumentation
Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Medicine
Health and Safety
Description
Empty elliptical based semi-transparent brown glass Rexall Aromatic Spirit of Ammonia bottle with non-removable black plastic screw cap; base is textured with elliptical push up and embossed manufacturers information; slightly rounded front and back walls and round side walls; round ribbed shoulders taper to short cylindrical neck, round neck ring, and cylindrical finish with external thread; mold lines on sides from base to top and around neck and base; rectangular orange paper label with printed product information and dosage attached to front; cap has slightly domed top, repeating pattern of embossed vertical lines on exterior sides and internal thread; part of contents in Rexall First Aid Kit (018.011.001).
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Maker
Rexall Drug Company Limited
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1959
1979
circa 1959 – 1969
Date Remarks
Presence of Dominion Glass Company date codes on bottom of bottle
Material
glass: brown
paper: white
ink: orange, navy
plastic: black
Inscriptions
Printed on bottle label: “1 FL. OZ. U 540 // Rexall // AROMATIC // SPIRIT OF // AMMONIA // B. P. C. // Dose: From one-quarter // to one teaspoonful in a // little water. // REXALL DRUG CO. // LIMITED // TORONTO, CANADA // Los Angeles, St. Louis, // U. S. A.”; stamped on bottle label: “LOT 12733 W”; embossed on bottom of bottle: “D 9”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D4-7
Length
8.5 cm
Width
4.0 cm
Depth
2.3 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor discolouration near top of label
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Document
Reference Comments
“First Aid.” Merriam-Webster, 2019. Accessed 22 June 2019.
“Company.” Rexall, Rexall Pharmacy Group Ltd., 2019. Accessed 18 July 2019.
“The World’s Largest Drugstore.” J. H. Graham, 2017. Accessed 18 July 2019.
“Aromatic Ammonia – Inhalation.” MedicineNet, 2019. Accessed 19 June 2019.
Miller, George and Elizabeth A. Jorgensen. “Some Notes on Bottle Mould Numbers from the Dominion Glass Company and its Predecessors.” Parks Canada, 1984.
Research Facts
This artifact is part of a first aid kit; First Aid is a broad term that refers to aid or treatment of the sick or injured before full medical treatment can be received; First Aid kits are designed to provide easy access to a variety of medical materials for fast treatment of minor wounds or to stabilize more serious conditions before additional treatment.
Rexall began in 1903 in Boston, U. S. A., as the United Drug Company; the Rexall name, meaning “King of All,” first gained popularity in Canada in 1904; Rexall became an industry leader in retail pharmaceuticals and produced and sold a wide variety of products
Aromatic ammonia is used to prevent and treat fainting and aid in overcoming the effects of anesthesia by encouraging the body to breath; ammonia can be taken orally in solution with water or placed on a fabric rag and inhaled; large doses or prolonged exposure to ammonia is harmful.
The D in diamond symbol and date codes embossed on the bottom indicates the bottle itself was made by Canadian glass manufacturer Dominion Glass Company in Wallaceburg, Ontario; the progressive line system month code and “9” year code signify it was likely produced in either 1959 or 1969, but 1979 is also possible.
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Rexall Spirit Ammonia Aromatic B. P.

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Dates
1942
1952
circa 1942 – 1952
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
018011006
Description
Elliptical based semi-transparent brown glass Rexall Spirit Ammonia Aromatic bottle with non-removable painted white metal screw cap; one third full with transparent liquid; base is textured with elliptical push up and embossed manufacturers information; slightly rounded front and back walls and ro…
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Accession Number
018011006
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Fainting -- drug therapy
Pharmacy
MM= Drug Packagaing -- container -- bottle
MM= Drugs -- container -- bottle
First Aid
First Aid -- instrumentation
Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Medicine
Health and Safety
Description
Elliptical based semi-transparent brown glass Rexall Spirit Ammonia Aromatic bottle with non-removable painted white metal screw cap; one third full with transparent liquid; base is textured with elliptical push up and embossed manufacturers information; slightly rounded front and back walls and round side walls; round ribbed shoulders taper to short cylindrical neck, round neck ring, and cylindrical finish with external continuous thread; mold lines on sides from base to top and around neck and base; rectangular cream and blue paper label with printed product information and dosage attached to front; cap has flat top with ring indentation near edge, vertical indentations on exterior sides, rolled bottom edge, and internal continuous thread; part of contents in Rexall First Aid Kit (018.011.001).
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Maker
Rexall Drug Company Limited
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1942
1952
circa 1942 – 1952
Date Remarks
Presence of Dominion Glass Company letter date code on bottom of bottle, only used from 1941 to 1953, and embossed “2” year code
Material
glass: brown
paper: cream
ink: blue, navy
metal: grey
paint: white
Inscriptions
Printed on bottle label: “1 FLUID OUNCE // Rexall // SPIRIT // AMMONIA // AROMATIC // B. P. // Dose: From one [Illeg.] // to one teaspoonful [Illeg.] // little water // REXALL DRUG [Illeg.] // LIMITED // TORONTO, CA[Illeg.] // Los Angeles, St. [Illeg.] // Boston, U. S. A.”; embossed on base: “B D 2”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D4-7
Length
8.3 cm
Width
4.0 cm
Depth
2.4 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Major bleeding of pigment on bottle label, obscuring some text; label stiff and separating from bottle at bottom; major chipping of paint on cap, especially near top edge
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Document
Reference Comments
“First Aid.” Merriam-Webster, 2019. Accessed 22 June 2019.
“Company.” Rexall, Rexall Pharmacy Group Ltd., 2019. Accessed 18 July 2019.
“The World’s Largest Drugstore.” J. H. Graham, 2017. Accessed 18 July 2019.
“Aromatic Ammonia – Inhalation.” MedicineNet, 2019. Accessed 19 June 2019.
Miller, George and Elizabeth A. Jorgensen. “Some Notes on Bottle Mould Numbers from the Dominion Glass Company and its Predecessors.” Parks Canada, 1984.
Research Facts
This artifact is part of a first aid kit; First Aid is a broad term that refers to aid or treatment of the sick or injured before full medical treatment can be received; First Aid kits are designed to provide easy access to a variety of medical materials for fast treatment of minor wounds or to stabilize more serious conditions before additional treatment.
Rexall began in 1903 in Boston, U. S. A., as the United Drug Company; the Rexall name, meaning “King of All,” first gained popularity in Canada in 1904; Rexall became an industry leader in retail pharmaceuticals and produced and sold a wide variety of products
Aromatic ammonia is used to prevent and treat fainting and aid in overcoming the effects of anesthesia by encouraging the body to breath; ammonia can be taken orally in solution with water or placed on a fabric rag and inhaled; large doses or prolonged exposure to ammonia is harmful.
The D in diamond symbol and date codes embossed on the bottom indicates the bottle itself was made by Canadian glass manufacturer Dominion Glass Company in Wallaceburg, Ontario; the “B” and “2” date codes signify it was likely produced in either 1942 or 1952.
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