Clear glass bottle for chloroform, United States, 1862-1863

Made:
1862-1863 in United States

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Bottle, clear glass, empty, for spirit of chloroform, USA, 1862-1863

The label suggests this clear glass-stoppered bottle contained spirit of chloroform. Chloroform was first used in the United Kingdom as an anaesthetic in 1847 by Scottish obstetrician James Young Simpson. It gradually began to replace ether, which could cause vomiting and lung problems. However, this trend was reversed when the potentially fatal toxicity of chloroform became apparent. Vapours of chloroform were inhaled from a face mask or a chloroform-soaked sponge in an inhaler.

The bottle was originally owned by J A Reid, a chemist in Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

Details

Category:
Medical Glass-ware
Object Number:
A633829
type:
shop round and pharmacy (drugs), pharmacy (glassware), chloroform, pharmacy (drugs), pharmacy (glassware), shop round and spirit
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
Bell, W.