Travelling medicine chest

1. Duncan, Flockhardt & Co, Chemists to the Queen (estab. 1816)
2. James Dixon, Chemist
Circa 1860-1880
Wooden chest, hinged lift-up lid, green velvet lining, brass handles on sides, and brass lock. Bottles are held in compartments, arranged around a central section which contains measuring equipment (scales, weights, porcelain spoon and lead funnel). Central compartment lifts up, and section below contains small bottles, glass mortar and two glass pestles. There are nineteen variously sized glass stoppered bottles, and two metal-lidded cylindrical jars.
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James Dixon, Chemist
Duncan, Flockhardt & Co, Chemists to the Queen (estab. 1816)
oak, varnish, velvet, brass, preparations, glass, lead and other metals, porcelain, string, cord, paper and ink
24 x 32 x 16 cm (chest)
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name/inscriptions ▫ containers labelled: 'Sweet Sp. Nitre', 'Sp.Sal. Volatile', 'Calcined...', 'Carbonate of Potash', 'Carbonate of Soda', 'Indian Rhubarb', 'Antimonl. Powder', 'Extract of Senna', 'Dr Gregory's Concentrated Stomach Powder', 'Extract of Senna', 'St. Hartshorn', 'Antimonial Wine', 'Ess of Peppermint', 'Ipeccacuan Powder', 'Camomel', 'Dover's Powder', 'Rhubarb Pills', 'Healing Ointment', and 'Blistering Plaster'
name/inscriptions ▫ typed display card: 'MEDICINE CHEST/About 1860./Purchased in 1975./This rather unusual style of chest was made by/Duncan Flockhart & Co., Edinburgh, 'Chemists and Druggists in ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen'.'
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