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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection


Medicine chest


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Accession no.: N: 800
Object name: Medicine chest
Title: Medicine chest
Description: A medicine chest manufactured by Burroughs Wellcome & Co. of London and used on the British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova). The case (a) contains ten Bakelite tubes of medicine (b-i, u-v), a small piece of stone (j), a packet of 'court plaster' (k), five packets of field dressings (l-o, t), a tube of 'hazeline' cream (p), a pin cushion with pins (q), two eye patches (r-s), two bandages (w-x), a silver case containing hypodermic needles (y), and a canvas case containing a knife, needles and thread, brush and pipette (z). The case also contains a double-sided printed page, pages 53-54, from Lyons, H. (1924). 'British (Terra Nova) Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913: miscellaneous data'. London: Harrison (aa).
Classified name:
SPRI theme health
Current place name Antarctic regions > Ross Dependency
UDC 615.472.1 : 91(08)
Geographic UDC (*76)
Getty AAT medicine chests
Number of items: 27
Full description:

A rectangular case with a full-height removable lid, made of cork covered in green canvas. The front of the lid is printed 'BRITISH // ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION // 1910 // BURROUGHS WELLCOME & CO. // LONDON'. There are two flaps at the top of the base which are reinforced with metal, strips of canvas around the inside of the base to create loops to take tubes of medicine, and a compartment in the lid of the box created with a folding canvas-covered cork panel. One of the flaps is printed: 'TRADE MARK // "TABLOID" C[?] // BURROUGHS WELLCOME & CO. // LONDON (ENG.) // NEW YORK, MONTREAL, SYDNEY, CAPE TOWN // MILAN, SHANGHAI'. The lid is secured with a brown canvas strap with a metal buckle which passes through a loop on the base of the box, and a loop on either side of the lid.

  • Width: 150mm, height: 200mm, length: 175mm
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova) (1910 - 1913)
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