Bottle of Huxley's 'Ner-Vigor', England, 1892-1943

Made:
1892-1943 in Croydon and Surrey
maker:
Anglo-American Pharmaceutical Company Limited
Bottle of Huxley's 'Ner-Vigor', England, 1892-1943 (medicinal tonic) Bottle of Huxley's 'Ner-Vigor', England, 1892-1943 (medicinal tonic) Bottle of Huxley's 'Ner-Vigor', England, 1892-1943 (medicinal tonic) Bottle of Huxley's 'Ner-Vigor', England, 1892-1943 (medicinal tonic)

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Bottle of "Ner-Vigor", with instructions, in original carton, by the Anglo-American Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., Croydon, England.

Huxley’s ‘Ner-Vigor’ was sold as a strengthening tonic for the nerves and to improve digestion. Made by the Anglo-American Pharmaceutical Co Ltd, who were founded by Hubert Huxley Mason and based in Croydon, the tonic was prescribed for clinical depression, neurasthenia, anaemia, rickets, and sciatica. Available during and after the First World War, it was one of a number of 'over the counter' products that claimed to treat mental health problems and therefore was likely to be taken by veterans described as suffering from 'shell-shock'.

It was suggested that a teaspoonful should be added to half a wine glass of water and drunk three times a day after meals. Like some other medical products of the period, it contains a very small measure of the highly dangerous poison strychnine. The makers of the tonic claimed that it received favourable reviews in the medical press.

Details

Category:
Medical Glass-ware
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A640381
Materials:
paper, glass and cork
Measurements:
overall: 187 mm x 70 mm x 39 mm, .48kg
type:
medicinal tonic

Parts

Instruction leaflet for Huxley's 'Ner-Vigor'

Instruction leaflet for Huxley's 'Ner-Vigor'

Instructions including advertisements for other products

Materials:
paper
Object Number:
A640381 Pt1
type:
leaflet