Browse Artefacts (39 total)

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Conserve of roses, labelled by Sir Stuart Threipland in his medicine chest as ‘Cons. Ros.’

Preserved roses, usually pounded and mixed with sugar, it was used in both cooking and medicine. As a medicine, it was used for heart and digestive…

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This bottle is empty.

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This bottle is mostly empty but there are remnants of a dark red powder.

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This bottle is mostly empty but contains some brown staining.

Rectified Spirit of Wine is simply alcohol. It was used as an ingredient in medical recipes as a means of infusion and dilution.

This bottle comes from Neil Reid, druggist.

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This bottle is empty.

So called because it was originally made from deer antlers, spirit [of] hartshorn was another name for liquid ammonia. It was created through the process of distillation, which many people did not have the ability to…

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This bottle contains a dark brown liquid.

Probably one of the most well-known medicinal substances of the 18th and 19th centuries, laudanum was largely composed of opium and alcohol. It was commonly used as a sedative but was also prescribed as an…

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This bottle is empty and unlabelled.

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This bottle is empty.

Puluerem Ipecacuanha (see Puluerem Ipepacuanha cum Opium)

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This bottle is empty.

As well as its use in food recipes, ginger was used extensively in medicines for millennia and became well-known in England as early as the 11th century. The famous herbalist, Nicholas Culpeper advised to use the root for…

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This bottle is empty.

Probably Puluerem Ipepacuanha cum Opium
Ipecac, or ipecacuanha, is the dried root of a plant originating in the Americas. In this medicinal chest, it is listed as ‘pu’, shorthand for puluerem, meaning powdered. It was…
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