Display case of specimens of cinchona calisaya bark

Made:
1830-1880 in England
maker:
Unknown
Group shot of from left to right of A654755 Specimens of cinchona calisaya bark, probably from Peru, in glazed case, of

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Group shot of from left to right of A654755 Specimens of cinchona calisaya bark, probably from Peru, in glazed case, of
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Specimens of cinchona calisaya bark, of English commerce, probably from Peru, Howard collection, in glazed case, 1830-1880

The display case (second on the right) shows samples of a species of cinchona bark known as cinchona calisaya, which comes from Peru. It was commercially grown in large amounts for the anti-malaria treatment quinine. These types were sold by English traders. The display cases are from the Howard Collection and were shown at a Wellcome exhibition in 1930, called the Tercentenary Cinchona Exhibition, celebrating the 300-year anniversary of the therapeutic uses of cinchona bark. The case is shown here with similar examples (A654755, A654757 and A654758).

The collection belonged to John Elliot Howard (1807-83). His father, Luke Howard, had established the first British factory to produce quinine in Stratford, east London, in 1823.

Details

Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Object Number:
A654756
Materials:
case, glass, case, wood and contents, bark
type:
sample
taxonomy:
credit:
Howards