Name/TitleSmall Green Glass Poison Bottle with Cork Closure and Labels: Pulv. Cantharidis.
About this objectA small hexagonal green glass poison bottle, with fluted walling to three faces, the others are of plain glass. There are four printed paper labels set on the bottle. The main label is printed "Pulv. Cantharidis."
The second red label reads "Poison".
Set to the right under the main label is a part printed label. There is a small blue paper section attached to the top of the cork closure.
The main label is the abbreviated pharmaceutical Latin for Cantharides Powder. Cantharides is also known as 'Spanish Fly' a.k.a. Blistering beetle, Lytta, Russian Flies. The powder is a toxic poison produced from the dried Cantharis beetle, Cantharis vesicata. A preparation of Cantharides in the form of Cantharides Vinegar and Cantharides solution was once commonly used as an external counter-irritant, or rubefacient [to raise blood to the surface of the skin] and vessicant [to dry skin, or sores etc.](ref: Martindale Extra Pharmacopoeia, GB. 25th ed, 1967). There is black ink pen handwriting scripted within the sectioned areas. To the top left corner of the label is printed "Date" following by the hand scripted date "26/9/32".
Below this to the left is a hard to read area a handwritten "1" followed by a letter that is possibly a curly "Z". The box to the right of this section is print headed "Price of Package" and there is a handwritten "3" in this box. The last column is headed in print "Assistants Initials" below this is "AG" in ink. Across the bottom of the label is the now faint print of the chemist or maker's information "Boodall [hard to read] Backhouse & Co. Leeds".
MakerBoodall, Backhouse & Co. Leeds
Maker RoleMedical supplies company
Medium and MaterialsGlass, paper, cork
MeasurementsHeight 25mm x Lid 42 diameter x 8mm tall
Subject and Association KeywordsGeneral
Object TypePoison Bottle: Pulv. Cantharidis.
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