Medicine chest used by Teddy Roosevelt.

Made:
1900-1909 in London
maker:
Burroughs Wellcome and Company Limited

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`Tabloid' medicine chest in metal case used by Teddy Roosevelt on African Expedition, 1909 (originally catalogued as
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

`Tabloid' medicine chest in metal case used by Teddy Roosevelt on African Expedition, 1909 (originally catalogued as
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

`Tabloid' medicine chest in metal case used by Teddy Roosevelt on African Expedition, 1909 (originally catalogued as
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

`Tabloid' medicine chest in metal case used by Teddy Roosevelt on African Expedition, 1909 (originally catalogued as
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

`Tabloid' medicine chest in metal case, containing materia medica in glass stoppered jars (Pts 4 - 38), by Burroughs Wellcome & Company, London, England, 1900-1909. Used by Teddy Roosevelt on African Expedition, 1909.

This chest was given to Teddy (Theodore) Roosevelt (1858-1919), the 26th President of the United States. When Roosevelt’s presidential term ended in 1909, he went on safari to Africa to hunt game. He also brought back specimens for the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. As malaria was common in Africa, the case is full of quinine based anti-malaria products – many of which have been used.

Burroughs, Wellcome & Co gave ‘Tabloid’ medicine chests filled with the company’s products to influential people and high profile expeditions in a shrewd attempt to advertise their product.

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Details

Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Object Number:
A700000 Pt3
Materials:
brass (copper alloy), cotton (thread), glass, incomplete, mahogany (wood), materia medica, nickel plated, paper (fibre product), steel (metal)
Measurements:
overall (open): 135 mm x 810 mm x 415 mm,
type:
medicine chest
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing - artefact
  • case furniture
  • chest
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust

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