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19TH CENTURY MEDICINE APOTHECARY CHEST
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A superb 19th century mahogany medicine / apothecary’s box with its original purple velvet lining, containing a selection of 21 bottles containing various lotions and powders, including rhubarb powder, calcined magnesia, syrup of squills and ipecacuanha wine, plus many others. Also included are a set of weighing scales, various weights, measuring spoon, measuring jug, and glass mortar and pestle.
There is also a copy of “Cox’s Companion to the family medicine chest“, printed in 1877, which gives instructions and uses of the various medicines found in the box. There are also instructions on how to deal with various complaints, including sun stroke, corns and bunions, burns and scolds, etc. The following are extracts from the guide book as to the uses of some of the medicines; Spirit of Hartshorn is a remedy well known for its utility in fainting fits, a tea spoonful given in a glass of water, removes heartburn and lowness of spirits. In fevers caused by teething, give three, four, or five drops of spirit of hartshorn, more or less, according to the child’s age, in a spoonful of simple mint water, or other suitable vehicle, every five or six hours. Spirit of Lavender A teaspoon or two of this medicine, taken in a glass of port, with fifteen or twenty drops of spirit of hartshorn, is an excellent means of exhilarating the spirits, more especially if it be taken between breakfast and dinner, when the stomach is empty.
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