Object detail

Description
Metal hinged and clasped leather purse with significant damage to the metal and leather in one corner, where a cotton bud is inserted in the gap. The brown leather interior has two pockets, one on each side. The leather is stained and cracking in places. All vials of chemicals have been removed. The case contains 1 hypodermic syringe and 1 needle in a removable insert that has two metal cradles for the syringe, and a covered section with two holes in the leather for needles. There are small pockets either side of the needle and a satin ribbon secured to one end of the insert.
Classification
CH classification MEDICINE Medicine medicine chest
Production place
Measurements
L145 x W110 x H25 mm
Media/Materials description
Leather (Animal/Human Remains)
Steel (Metals - Ferrous)
Indeterminate (Glass)
Cork (Woods)
Indeterminate (Paper)
Signature/Marks
BURROUGH'S WELLCOME & CO. \ TRADE MARK\BRAND\ 'TABLOID' \ COMPRESSED \ (name of substance) \ (dosage per pill) \ DIRECTION... \ SNOW BUILDINGS, LONDON, E.C.
BURROUGHS WELLCOME & CO., LONDON \No. () \ TRADE MARK \ "TABLOID" \BRAND \ (name of substance) \ (dosage per pill) \ HYPODERMIC \ POISON
BURROUGHS WELLCOME & CO. \ PATENT RD 310988.90
History and use
This medical kit was made by Burroughs Wellcome & Co. This London-based pharmaceutical company, started in 1880, was responsible for many important medical innovations and would later become GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world’s biggest health care concerns.
The leather purse kit contains a hypodermic syringe and needle. It previously came with a collection of ampoules that would have contained medications or serums, possibly in liquid form for injection. These were removed by Queensland Museum staff for Health and Safety reasons.
The kit was made in Britain in the early 20th century. It is part of a large collection of objects donated to the Queensland Museum by the Marks family of Brisbane, who made significant contributions to the fields of science and medicine.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
Associated person
Registration number
H23657

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