993.606.1: Drug Case, 1901-1950

Additional Images

993.606.1: Drug Case.
Image No. 2720 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Leather case opens out with lift-out panel to one side holding 27 vials [10 without corks]: 2 corked vials with hand written labels containing tannic acid [light brown crystalline powder] and potassium permanganate [[black crystals], 3 empty corked vials with hand written labels for cocaine hydrochloride, ergotin and iodine [small amount of purple-brown solid residue remains] and 22 empty vials. To the other side are 2 compartments, one is an empty lidded area with the name of the supplier on the lid and the other compartment contains 4 sets of clips holding jars; 3 with cork lids, 2 with hand written labels: bichloride of mercury [empty], the other label appears to be the recipe for contents [brown solidified residue], 3 undecipherable ingredients. Case dimensions given.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.606.1
Collection: Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Date: 1901-1950

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 29 cm
  • Height: 20 cm
  • Depth: 9.2 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Hinged case with handle and 2 locking catches, lined, internal steel plate with jar clips attached, poppered lidded compartment
  • b) Lift-out panel with clips to hold vials
  • c) Jar
  • d) Corked jar
  • e) Cork jar labeled 'Bichloride of Mercury'
  • f) Corked jar labeled with content, brown solidified residues
  • g) Corked vial labeled with content and info 'Tannic acid Dose 12 to 30 cg for burns apply in 2%[crossed out] to 5% sol, 2½% sol'
  • h) Corked vial labeled with content and info 'Potassium permanganate Dose 1 to 3 grams'
  • j) Corked vial labeled 'Cocaine Hydrochloride ⅛ grain'
  • k) Corked vial labeled 'Ergotin 1 grain'
  • l) Iodine
  • m) Corked vial
  • n) Corked vial
  • o) Corked vial
  • p) Corked vial
  • q) Corked vial
  • r) Corked vial
  • s) Corked vial
  • t) Corked vial
  • u) Corked vial
  • v) Corked vial
  • w) Corked vial
  • x) Corked vial
  • y) Vial
  • z) Vial
  • aa) Vial
  • bb) Vial
  • cc) Vial
  • dd) Vial
  • ee) Vial
  • ff) Vial
  • gg) Vial
  • hh) Vial

Object Materials

  • chemical-crystal,
  • chemical-powder,
  • copper alloy,
  • cork,
  • glass,
  • ink,
  • leather,
  • liquid-unknown,
  • metal,
  • nickel plate,
  • paper,
  • steel,
  • textile,
  • wood

Acquisition Detail

  • Supplier: Ingram & Bell Ltd.