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Apothecary Jar - Boric Acid, circa 1900 Object Reg. No: SH 850598

Summary:
Apothecary jar with label for boric acid, made: circa 1848 - 1950. The jar is empty. Used in the pharmacy of a psychiatric hospital in Victoria, prior to 1950. Boric acid solution is a weak bactericide and was used in mouth washes, eye lotions, skin lotions.
Description:
Large, clear glass apothecary's jar with round, slightly concave base, straight sides, hemispherical shoulder, thin, shortish neck and green glass stopper (probably not original). Has paper label for boric acid solution glued on side.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 31.00 cm (Height), 13.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: medicines, pharmacy equipment, 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: Soln./Ac.Boric./1 in 30 written in ink on paper label on side of jar. F100! engraved on base.
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1900
References: Martindale. The extra pharmacopoeia, 26th ed. London. Pharmaceutical Press. 1972.

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