Bottle of Fennings' Fever Mixture, England, 1950-1960

Made:
1950-1960 in Horsham
maker:
Alfred Fennings
Bottle of Fennings Fever Mixture, by Alfred Fennings, 1950-1960. Front three quarter view. Graduated light grey Bottle of Fennings Fever Mixture, by Alfred Fennings, 1950-1960. Front view. Graduated light grey background

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Bottle of Fennings Fever Mixture, by Alfred Fennings, 1950-1960. Front three quarter view. Graduated light grey
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Bottle of Fennings Fever Mixture, by Alfred Fennings, 1950-1960. Front view. Graduated light grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Bottle of Fennings Fever Mixture, cost 1/6d, by Alfred Fennings, 1950-1960

One wineglassful of the clear ‘Fennings' Fever Mixture’ was recommended to be drunk by adults to help ease fevers; young children drank a quarter of a glassful. This particular bottle originally cost 1shilling and sixpence.

Alfred Fennings (d. 1900) opened his first shop in 1840 in London and produced a large and popular range of ‘over the counter’ treatments. On his death, trustees took over running the business and the profits went to a children’s charity. Among some of Fennings earlier products were ‘cures’ for diseases such as cholera. As with all such products, some treatments were more effective than others.

Details

Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Object Number:
1986-1249/79
type:
fennings' product