Sir James Reid's medicine chest, England, 1881-1923

Made:
1881-1923 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
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Glass phial with kid covering containing Compound Tincture of Chloroform and Morphine (Chlorodyne). 110 mm x 22 mm
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Medicine chest by Burroughs Wellcome, owned by Sir James Reid, physician to Queen Victoria from 1881 until her death.

Sir James Reid (1849-1923) was personal physician to Queen Victoria from 1881 until her death in 1901. The leather chest contains a range of medication, including opium-based painkillers, laxatives and Dover’s powders, which were a remedy for colds.

The drugs and medicine chest were made by Burroughs, Wellcome and 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 (1981-1008).

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Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Materials:
leather, venner, wood
Identifier:
1981-1010
type:
medicine chest
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing - artefact
  • case furniture
  • chest
credit:
On loan from the Wellcome Trust

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