Bottle of Hewlett's Damian compound mixture, London, England, 1885-1910

Made:
1885-1910 in London
maker:
Unknown

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Sealed bottle of Hewlett's Damian compound mixture prepared by C.J.Hewlett and Son London

This was intended to be sold only as an ingredient for chemists making up prescriptions – if otherwise sold, the label suggests that the seller could be “liable to a penalty”. This is possibly because such extracts from the Damiana herb had been taken in South America since ancient times for their supposed aphrodisiac qualities. Here, the manufacturers C J Hewlett’s & Son suggest it can be used as a constituent of a mixture used to treat “nervous exhaustion”, “chronic alcoholism” and what they describe as “Brain fag” – a phrase once used to describe mental fatigue.

Details

Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Object Number:
A675653
Materials:
glass, stopper, cork, wrapper, paper
type:
bottle
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • vessel
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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