Travelling medicines chest

Circa 1880-1910
Dr William Nosper Jakins's travelling medicine chest, with two vertical hinged side compartments, that fold outwards, revealing bottom horizontal compartment. One side compartment is divided into two sections to hold small tubes of powders or hypodermic solutions and larger bottles. The other side compartment is divided into two sections with leather-covered panels to securely hold circular cardboard boxes of crystals and powders. Glued onto one of the panels is a handwritten list of chemicals. The bottom horizontal compartment is divided into sections to store large and medium-sized solution bottles.

This medicine chest originally belonged to Dr. William Nosper Jakins; was originally donated to the Medical Society of Victoria by Jan Power of Camberwell.
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wood, glass, preparations, cork, chamois, thread, paper, ink, leather, elastic and cardboard
33 x 17 x 8.9 cm (chest)
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Gift of AMA Victoria, 2011
maker's mark ▫ marked inside cover panel: '(unclear)YRBY & Co./(unclear) TWMAN STREET,/LONDON. W.'
owner's mark/inscriptions ▫ handwritten list of contents inside cover panel
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