Bottle of comprssed opium tablets

1901-1930 in London
Burroughs Wellcome and Company Limited

Small glass bottle of opium tablets with tin screw top from a small steel medicine chest. 70 mm x 20 mm x 25 mm, 38g. Labels on the chest reveal it was created for travellers to tropic areas. White paper label with black type face reads, ' POISON/ Burroughs, Wellcome & Co/ 'Tabloids'/ of compressed/ OPIUM 1/2 gr./ Directions.- One or two 'tab/ loids' may be swallowed with a/ little water as a sedative, or for / the relief of pain./ Snowhill Buildings, London, E.C.' The term tabloid' medicines in compressed and measured doses was invented by Sir Henry Wellcome as early as 1884.


Object Number:
A651296 Pt4
glass, opium and tin
Wellcome Trust

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