993.234.1: Homeopathic Apothecary Traveling Box, c. 1900

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993.234.1: Homeopathic Apothecary Traveling Box. Homeopathic Apothecary Traveling Box
Image No. 727 Homeopathic Apothecary Traveling Box; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Polished wooden case with hinged lift-up lid. The lid is lined with black leather which has the suppliers name and address stamped in gold lettering 'R. SKINNER HOMOEOPATHIC CHEMIST HIGH ST BROMLEY. KENT.' There are also 2 pockets labelled 'PLASTER', within one pocket is a small leather bound folder stamped 'CALENDULA' [a genus of plants] in gold lettering. To open the draw a brass pin must first be removed. A brass handle opens the drawer which is divided into 4 sections with a leather cover for the far right-hand side section. The case contains 12 pill bottles with corks [10 tied with paper caps] and labels with suppliers name and address, and drug type: Aconitum Nap., Belladonna, China Off., Mercurius Solubilis, Bryonia Alba., Ignatia Amara., Hepar Sulphuris, Ipecacuanha, Rhus Tox., Baptisia, Arsenicum Alb., Nux Vomica., and 3 narrow mouthed squared stoppered bottles: Arnica Montana, Rhus Toxicodendron and Calendula, the latter 2 contain liquid and have leather caps. Included is a book " The Stepping Stone to Homeopathy & Health" by E.H. Ruddock M.D., 13th edition. Lock plate, key and squared stoppered bottle missing.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.234.1
Collection: Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Date: c. 1900

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 15 cm
  • Height: 16 cm
  • Depth: 14.8 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Case with hinged lined lift-up lid
  • b) Case draw with handle and compartment lid
  • c) Draw catch pin
  • d) Bound folder stamped 'CALENDULA' in gold lettering
  • e) Labeled bottle containing 'Aconitum Nap.'
  • f) Labeled bottle containing 'Belladonna'
  • g) Labeled bottle containing 'Arsenicum Alb.' with loose cap
  • h) Labeled bottle containing 'Ignatia Amara' with cap
  • i) Labeled bottle containing 'Mercuius Solubilis' with loose cap
  • j) Labeled bottle containing 'Baptisia' with cap
  • k) Labeled bottle containing 'Rhus Tox.' with cap
  • l) Labeled bottle containing 'Bryonia Alba.' with cap
  • m) Labeled bottle containing 'Hepar Sulphuris.' with cap
  • n) Labeled bottle containing 'China Off.' with cap
  • o) Labeled bottle containing 'Ipecacuanha.' with cap
  • p) Labeled bottle containing 'Nux Vomica' with loose cap
  • q) Stoppered bottle labeled 'Arnica Montana'
  • r) Labeled stoppered bottle containing 'Calendula' with cap
  • s) Labeled stoppered bottle containing 'Rhus Toxicodendon' with loose cap
  • t) Book "The Stepping Stone to Homeopathy & Health" by Ruddock

Object Materials

  • board,
  • brass,
  • cord,
  • cork,
  • cotton wool,
  • drug-pill,
  • drug-tablet,
  • glass,
  • gold foil,
  • leather,
  • liquid-tincture,
  • paper,
  • plasticised textile,
  • printing ink,
  • steel,
  • textile,
  • wood

Acquisition Detail

  • Supplier: R. Skinner