'Laeyson's Odorous Powders', France, 1801-1900

1801-1900 in France

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Two bottles of "Lacyson's Odorous Powder" Graduated grey background.
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Two bottles of "Laeyson's Odorous Powder"

Not much is known about this treatment despite its very distinctive name. A reference in a medical text published in 1832 in France suggests that it was a powder intended for use against eye complaints, which contained ammonia – this would explain the word ‘odorous’. The text also makes reference to the product being sold by charlatans – the author obviously considered this a quack medicine of dubious quality.

These particular samples were available for sale in France in the 1800s for 3 francs.


Medical Glass-ware
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cork, glass, string and vellum
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • vessel

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