'Livingstone' medicine chest covered in cow hide

Made:
1900-1910 in England
maker:
Burroughs Wellcome and Company Limited
Left hand side - A700027, The Livingstone medicine chest, wooden box covered with natural coloured cow hide. Contains "Livingstone" medicine chest, used by Algot Lange on the Amazon expedition of 1911, by Burroughs Wellcome and Co.,

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Left hand side - A700027, The Livingstone medicine chest, wooden box covered with natural coloured cow hide. Contains
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"Livingstone" medicine chest, used by Algot Lange on the Amazon expedition of 1911, by Burroughs Wellcome and Co.,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

The Livingstone medicine chest, wooden box covered with natural coloured cow hide. Contains glass bottles of 'Tabloid' brand medicines.

This battered medicine chest was taken by Algot Lane, a Swedish-American explorer, on his 1911 expedition to the Amazon jungle in Brazil. Lange wrote a book about his exploration of the area in 1912 called In the Amazon Jungle: Adventures in the Remote Areas of the Upper Amazon Basin. Unsurprisingly, the chest contains is a large amount of quinine to help prevent and treat malaria, which was common in that area.

The medicine chest was advertised as the ‘Livingstone’ chest after David Livingstone (1813-1873). It was made by Burroughs, Wellcome & Co, who provided medicine chests suitable for a wide range of expeditions – these were often provided free of charge for publicity reasons. It is pictured here with another ‘Livingstone’ medicine chest from the same expedition (A700016).

Details

Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Object Number:
A700027
Materials:
glass and leather
type:
medicine chest
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing - artefact
  • case furniture
  • chest
credit:
Wellcome Trust