Empty bottle for Opium tincture tablets

1880-1940 in London
Burroughs Wellcome and Company Limited

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Bottle, clear glass, with stopper, empty, 'opium tinture' for laudanum tablets, by Burroughs Wellcome, English, second
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Glass bottle with cork stopper for Tabloid brand Opium Tincture (laudanum) tablets, now empty. 76 mm x 34 mm x 23 mm, .03kg. Made by Burroughs Wellcome, English, second half 19th century.

Opium tincture or laudanum was a drug used as a pain killer and to induce sleep or drowsiness. A tincture is an alcoholic solution that was taken orally. Laudanum contained opium and morphine, both of which are from the opium poppy and are highly addictive. The drug was made by Burroughs, Wellcome & Co, one of the first large pharmaceutical manufacturers in Britain.

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Materia Medica & Pharmacology
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complete, cork, glass and paper
  • drug
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • vessel
Wellcome Trust

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