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Medicine Glass and Minim Measuring Cups / Beakers in Leather made by Maw Son & Thompson, c. 1890.
This is a lovely example of an antique medicine kit with glass measuring cup and small beaker in a leather case.
It was made in the late 1800's by Maw Son & Thompson in England. Inside the wonderful old black leather covered cylindrical case are two measuring devises. The case is lined with purple paper giving it a nice look. A graduated glass medicine beaker Hand-engraved with measurements for 1-4 tablespoon and 1-8 teaspoon and a smaller 20 to 60 drop beaker that sits inside the big one for storing. On one of the glasses it says 8 tsp = 2 tablespoon, hum, they must measure differently in England! The signature John A Carlson 1900 is written in fountain pen ink on the inside. Case and beakers are in excellent condition for their age. Medicine glasses and minim measures like these remained standard pieces of equipment for decades. They were used for accurately measuring out liquid medicines. A minim was a measurement used by apothecaries, equivalent to one drop of water. Two scales, in teaspoons and tablespoons, are scratched on to the side of the medicine glass, which was used to measure out larger quantities of medicines. These measures could have been used in the home, but were often carried by doctors or formed part of a nurse's kit when carrying out home visits.
Case measures: 2 3/4" H x 2 1/2" W
Eileen and Russell Weiss
Grain Valley, MO
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