Medicine chest

Object Number: 
1956.128
Date: 
1880-1900
Medium: 
Wood, brass, glass, leather, textile, paper, cork
Dimensions: 
box: 3 1/8 x 11 1/4 x 8 in. (7.9 x 28.6 x 20.3 cm)
Marks: 
stamped: in gold on label affixed to inside of lid: "BOERICKE & TAFEL,/Homeopathic/PHARMACY,/145 Grand St., New-York." stamped: on top of corks for vials: "Spigelia/anth."; "Spongia/tosta."; "Phytolacc./dec." [each cork stamped with different name] prin
Description: 
Rectangular wooden box (medicine chest) with flat, hinged lid, oval brass plaque at center of lid, and brass keyhole surround; inside of lid covered with red leather, with label at center; inside of box lined in red velvet with set of shallow square wooden compartments built in, with seven circular slots for round bottles in front, and compartment to side covered in red velvet; box contains 92 colorless glass vials with square bases and round corks arranged in alphabetical order according to name of remedy stamped on cork or printed on paper wrapper around neck, one slightly larger vial with square base and no cork and 5 round colorless glass bottles with glass stoppers, also with name of substance printed on paper wrapper around neck; several bottles still with liquids inside.
Gallery Label: 
According to accession records, this medicine chest was used by Reverend and Mrs. John R. Wright of Jersey City, NJ, parents of the donor.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Helen W. Wright
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group