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Medicine measure, England, 1877-1920

W Proctor and Son, chemists, introduced this type of medicine measure in 1877. The inscription on the side reads ‘Registered January 1st 1877/1 DR. to lower rim.’ 1 DR. stands for one fluid drachm, a liquid measure used in pharmacy. This is equivalent to a teaspoon’s worth. The four measures (all invented by Proctor and Son) could have been found in medicine chests of the day. It is shown here with similar medicine measures (A608448, A626208, A626209, A626210).

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Glossary: medicine chest

Small chests fitted for bottles and intended to hold medical supplies; of a type made in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Glossary: medicine measure

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