Freestanding two piece clear glass apothecary's show globe with lid; globe (a) is oval in shape and tapered at the bottom where it attaches to a flared base with a heavy bulbous decorative stem; the neck of the globe is wide to accomoadate the separate lid (b); lid has two tiers; there is a small b…
Freestanding two piece clear glass apothecary's show globe with lid; globe (a) is oval in shape and tapered at the bottom where it attaches to a flared base with a heavy bulbous decorative stem; the neck of the globe is wide to accomoadate the separate lid (b); lid has two tiers; there is a small ball on the tip which tapers outward into an oblong tear drop shape and the second tier is shaped like a flattened oval
Number Of Parts
a - globe - Size: Length 33.0 cm x Diam. 69.5 cm
b - lid - Size: Length 22.5 cm x Diam. 46.5 cm
Date based on research
Storage Room 0007
Like new; very small scratches present on the bottom of the base and around the globe; small amount of white residue present on inside of globe
"William & Joan Soderlund Pharmacy Museum website"; "University of Arizona College of Pharmacy website"; "Waring Library Show Globe Exhibit website"; CD #2
Show globes were a recognizable symbol for pharmacists; they were often filled with colourful liquid and displayed in the window; show globes were also used to show a pharmacist's skill in extracting and mixing chemicals which produced the different colours; there were generally two types of show globes, freestanding and wall mounted.
This show globe is without glass mould lines or pontil marks and the glass does not look or feel like a lead based glass so the inference could be that this show globe is made from hand blown glass. Research shows that the simple design of the body and the decorative large lid with fancy finial rather than as a decorative stopper dates this piece as 1880-1920.
On exhibit: "Curious Cures--Doctors, Druggists, and Home Remedies" at the Dundas Museum & Archives, L-2011-3; 23 Sept. 2011–30 Sept. 2012.
A contour design that represents a mortar and pestle is printed above the contre of the front side; the text below the picture reads, "PARKE-DAVIS // ASK YOUR // PHARMACIST"; on the rim of the back, "TOTAL PROMOTIONS 416-638-8283"
Storage Room 0010
Depth 0.4 cm x Diam. 5.6 cm
The front surface is in excellent condition with no discolouration; on the back, the silver coating is lost in numerous spots and a grey substrate is exposed
A. Yoshizawa; CD #2
This pin promotes both the drug company, Parke-Davis, and the public campaign, "Get the Answer."