Mark Goodger

Apothecary

In the age of Heroic Medicine – (this was pre-scientific medicine that was largely unproven and was very likely to do the patient more harm than good), Apothecary or ‘Medicine Chests’ were widely used.

Chests often included a manual containing a list of contents and how to use them. As well as a leaflet with directions on purging, bloodletting, blistering, and resuscitation – which is what the heroic age of medicine was all about.

Earlier chests (pre-1700s) were mostly made from Shagreen and typically had sliding covers, fitted tin boxes, and a bottle/jar rack. Wooden chests in Oak and Walnut became popular in the late 1700s, then Rosewood and Mahogany in the 1800s. The Apothecary Chests with lids generally date from the late 1700s and eventually declined in popularity. They came back into fashion in the mid-late 1800s. From the 1820s, chests with Brass flush handle in the Military Style became more fashionable.

In Medicine/Apothecary Chests we have come across, we have found many interesting substanced. These include Mercury and Audanum, a tincture of opium! In our present day, these would be considered extremely dangerous or addictive drugs!

Apothecary

In the age of Heroic Medicine – (this was pre-scientific medicine that was largely unproven and was very likely to do the patient more harm than good), Apothecary or ‘Medicine Chests’ were widely used.

Chests often included a manual containing a list of contents and how to use them. As well as a leaflet with directions on purging, bloodletting, blistering, and resuscitation – which is what the heroic age of medicine was all about.

Earlier chests (pre-1700s) were mostly made from Shagreen and typically had sliding covers, fitted tin boxes, and a bottle/jar rack. Wooden chests in Oak and Walnut became popular in the late 1700s, then Rosewood and Mahogany in the 1800s. The Apothecary Chests with lids generally date from the late 1700s and eventually declined in popularity. They came back into fashion in the mid-late 1800s. From the 1820s, chests with Brass flush handle in the Military Style became more fashionable.

In Medicine/Apothecary Chests we have come across, we have found many interesting substanced. These include Mercury and Audanum, a tincture of opium! In our present day, these would be considered extremely dangerous or addictive drugs!

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