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Apothecary Jar - Tincture of Myrrh, circa 1900 Object Reg. No: SH 850512

Summary:
Clear apothecary jar containing traces of tincture of myrrh used in a pharmacy of a mental health hospital, Victoria, circa 1900.
Myrrh was used as an antiseptic and primarily used in mouthwashes, gargles and toothpastes for prevention and treatment of gum disease.
Description:
Small, slim, clear glass apothecary's jar containing remnants of tincture of myrrh. Jar has round, slightly concave base, straight sides, hemi-spherical shoulder and shortish, slim neck with broad protruding lip. Has glass stopper with flat, circular, horizontal top. Label is painted on back of curved oblong perspex plate which is glued into inset on side of jar. It is painted in black on white (with red and gold border) on inside of perspex plate, inset on side of jar.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 217 mm (Height), 72 mm (Diameter)

More information

Tagged with: dentistry, pharmaceuticals, psychiatric hospitals
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: TR. MYRRHAE
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1900
References: British pharmaceutical codex, 1963. London. Pharmaceutical Press.

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