Medicine glass and minim measure, United Kingdom, 1870-1930

Made:
1870-1930 in United Kingdom
maker:
Unknown

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Graduated medicine glass with minim measure, in case, British(?), 1870-1930

Medicine glasses and minim measures like these remained standard pieces of equipment for decades. They were used for accurately measuring out liquid medicines. A minim was a measurement used by apothecaries, equivalent to one drop of water.

Two scales, in teaspoons and tablespoons, are scratched on to the side of the medicine glass, which was used to measure out larger quantities of medicines. These measures could have been used in the home, but were often carried by doctors or formed part of a nurse’s kit when carrying out home visits.

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Details

Category:
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Object Number:
1982-561/4
Materials:
case, cardboard, case, leatherette, glass, minim measure, glass
Measurements:
glass: 64 mm 50 mm, .045 kg
type:
minim measure
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • measure - volume
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
credit:
Mirrielees, Esther

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