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Dr. Thomas' Eclectric Oil

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Dates
1900
1920
circa 1900 - 1920
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
016023002
Description
Transparent glass elliptical based Dr. Thomas’ Eclectric Oil bottle with non-removable cylindrical black plastic screw cap; half full with brown liquid; long round front and back walls and short sides walls; round shoulders, short cylindrical neck, flat neck ring, and cylindrical finish with contin…
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Accession Number
016023002
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Pharmacy
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter multi-purpose cures -- container
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- multi-purpose cures -- container
MM= patent, proprietary, over-the-counter all-purpose cures
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- all-purpose cures -- container
Description
Transparent glass elliptical based Dr. Thomas’ Eclectric Oil bottle with non-removable cylindrical black plastic screw cap; half full with brown liquid; long round front and back walls and short sides walls; round shoulders, short cylindrical neck, flat 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; red and yellow paper label with product information attached to front; cap has flat top, vertical ridges on exterior sides, and internal continuous thread.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to the donor.
Maker
Northrop & Lyman Co. Limited
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1900
1920
circa 1900 - 1920
Material
glass: clear
paper: yellow, red
plastic: black
Inscriptions
Printed on label: “Dr. // THOMAS’ // ECLECTRIC // OIL // FOR // DIRECTIONS // SEE INSIDE // CIRCULAR // L6525 // No. 5520 The Proprietary or Patent Medicine Act. // 2 FLUID OUNCES // NORTHRUP & LYMAN CO., Limited // TORONTO, CANADA”; embossed on bottom: “D 8”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-6 Box 3 Row D
Length
12.1 cm
Width
4.9 cm
Depth
2.7 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor staining from liquid on interior, especially at the middle of bottle; minor fading all over label; label separating from bottle; two long linear areas of dark discoloration on label; minor scratches on top and sides of cap
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Document
Reference Comments
“Doctor Thomas' Eclectric Oil.” Toronto Vintage, 2018. Accessed 28 May 2019.
Sullivan, Catherine. “Research Bulletin: Dr. Thomas’ Eclectric Oil.” Parks Canada, 1984.
Lockhart, Bill et al. “The Dominion Glass Companies of Montreal, Canada.” Society for Historical Archaeology, 2015.
Research Facts
Dr. Thomas’ Eclectric Oil is a cure-all patent medicine created by S. N. Thomas during the 1860s; sold in Canada by Northrop & Lyman Co. Limited beginning in 1871.
The name “Eclectric” was likely an attempt to take advantage of the fascination with electricity around the time of the remedy’s invention, although it had nothing to do with electricity; Dr. Thomas’ Eclectric Oil claimed to cure many common ailments, but was merely a combination of various oils.
The D in diamond symbol embossed on the bottom indicates the bottle itself was made by Canadian glass manufacturer Dominion Glass Company in Hamilton, Ontario.
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Dates
1890
1905
circa 1893-1905
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1989.10.28
Description
Empty blue tinted glass square bottle with clear glass stopper closure with orange paper label; stopper stuck in opening; hand blown glass with mould line slightly visible; inside of bottle is coated with brown layer; one corner is broken with missing part; tan linen thread wrapped under closure li…
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Accession Number
1989.10.28
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drug Therapy, Administration, Oral
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- all-purpose cures -- container
Poisons
Description
Empty blue tinted glass square bottle with clear glass stopper closure with orange paper label; stopper stuck in opening; hand blown glass with mould line slightly visible; inside of bottle is coated with brown layer; one corner is broken with missing part; tan linen thread wrapped under closure lip.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: owned and used by Dr. James (Jim) Robert Ronald McCrindle (1862-1952); he probably acquired it in the United Kingdom and brought it to Jamaica in 1904; donated by his granddaughter, Mrs. C. C. James of Kingston, Ontario.
Maker
Ferris & Co.
Site Made (City)
Bristol
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1890
1905
circa 1893-1905
Material
glass: transparent
paper: yellow
ink: black, red
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "LAUDANUM // (POISON). // Anodyne and Soporific // Diminishes Pain. Causes Sleep // Must be used with great care. // Dose - 5 to 40 drops. // F. & CO. // B"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-6 Box 5 Row A
Length
11.5 cm
Width
4.1 cm
Depth
4.1 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
One corner is broken with missing part; interior brown residue.
Copy Type
original
Research Facts
Ferris & Co. established 1770 Bristol England Wholesale and export Druggists manufacturing Chemists makers of surgical instruments and hospital appliances every requisite for the Surgery, Dispensary and Hospital. Merchants, Shippers, and Importers; from 1887 advertisement. This company used various trade names and the trade name of Ferris & Co. began in 1883. The first time Ferris is included in the name was 1820, as Fry Gibbs & Ferris on Union Street in Bristol.
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