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Apothecary Jar - Zinc Sulphate, Wellcome, circa 1900 Object Reg. No: SH 850499

Alternative Name(s): Sulphate of Zinc

Brown apothecary jar containing zinc sulphate used in the pharmacy at a mental health hospital, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900. manufactured by Wellcome Chemical Works, circa 1900. Zinc sulphate was used internally to induce vomiting and externally as an astringent lotion for ulcers. It was also used in the treatment of sexually-transmitted diseases into the 20th century.
Small, brown glass apothecary's jar has round, slightly concave base, straight sides, hemispherical shoulder, slim, fairly short neck broadening slightly toward top with protruding rim and glass stopper. Has round paper label on side - zinc sulphate. Jar contains remnants on the interior (less than 5mL). DG 9.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 18.00 cm (Height), 7.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: pharmaceuticals, psychiatric hospitals, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Pharmacy
Tertiary Classification: pharmaceuticals
Inscriptions: WELLCOME/170/CHEM WORKS - embossed on base. Soln/POISON/Zinc.Sulph/ 9t in 3T written in black ink on label on side of jar.
Manufacturer: Wellcome Chemical Works, circa 1900
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1900
References: Martindale. The extra pharmacopoeia, 26th ed. London. Pharmaceutical Press. 1972.

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