Lord Curzon's medicine chest, England, 1910-1925

Made:
1910-1925 in England
maker:
Burroughs Wellcome and Company Limited

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Left hand side, 1981-1010 - Medicine chest by Burroughs Wellcome, owned by Sir James Reid, physician to Queen Victoria
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1981-1010, Medicine chest by Burroughs Wellcome, owned by Sir James Reid, physician to Queen Victoria from 1881 until
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Medicine chest by Burroughs Wellcome, style 221, supplied to Lord Curzon, c.1920 ( Wellcome ref R.218)

The leather medicine chest was owned by George Nathaniel Curzon (1859-1925), a successful politician and traveller who was also awarded the titles Viceroy of India and Marquess Curzon of Kedleston. It contains a range of drugs, including quinine, aspirin, opium painkillers and laxatives.

The medicine chest was made by Burroughs, Wellcome & Co, who supplied a wide range of medicine chests and first aid kits often to influential people and explorers in a shrewd attempt to promote the product. It is pictured here with another Burroughs, Wellcome & Co chest (1981-1010).

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Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Object Number:
1981-1008
Materials:
brass, glass, leather
type:
medicine chest
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing - artefact
  • case furniture
  • chest
credit:
On loan from the Wellcome Trust

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