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Chest, Medicine

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Collection RML (unaccessioned) General
Description Wooden medicine chest and contents that belonged to Doctor Thomas Renwick. The box has two parts. The top lid hinges off and there are ten bottles in individual compartments.
There is drawer with a glass morter, brass corkscrew and a piece of rock in the front part. The back section can be removed and holds one brass weight and a small cork. A small brass balance scales is stored underneath. There is also a glass rod that would have been used as a pestal to mix the chemicals. This does not fit in the box.
The glass jars in the top are:
Front, left to right: Glass bottle with glass stopper, Aromatic chalk [3/4 full]; Glass bottle with glass stopper, Dovers powder [full]; Round Glass bottle with cork, Castor Oil pills [1/3 full]; Glass bottle with glass stopper, Friars Balsam [empty];
Middle, left to right: Glass bottle with glass stopper, Sweet Sprit of Nitre [empty]; Glass bottle with glass stopper, Quinine [five pink pills]; Glass bottle with glass stopper, Dr Gregory's Stomachic powder [1/2 full olive pills]
Back row, left to right: Glass bottle with glass stopper, Sprit of Sal Volatile [empty]; Glass bottle with glass stopper, Neuro for neuralgia [empty]

Donated by J. McRae in 1979 (original accession register located March 2011).

MHS minutes 29 May 1972: "Dumgree medical box, Dr. Renwick. Mr. Matthews showed how the case was being restored - some more to be done to complete". [Source: MHS Archives, Bay 104/Shelf B, Minute book 6, page 41] - Jenny Pierson, 17 August 2011.
Object ID RML0.800.0089
Object Name Chest, Medicine
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Last modified on: December 19, 2014