Leather medicine pouch, Berlin, Germany, 1914-1918

Made:
1914-1918 in Berlin

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Medicine pouch with contents, by Bach and Riedel of Berlin, used in German Army, First World War

This leather pouch contains first aid equipment – bandages and a number of medical treatments. Made by a Berlin-based company, Bach & Riedel, the kit was used by medics in the German Army during the First World War.

Drugs in the pouch include tincture of opium – a tincture is an alcoholic solution of a drug. Opium, extracted from poppies, was used to induce sleep and as a painkiller but could be highly addictive.

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Category:
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Object Number:
A635602
Materials:
case, iron, case, leather
type:
first aid kit
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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