Bottle, 'Dr Sheldon's Magnetic Liniment'; Dr Sheldon; 1890-1900; WY.0000.477

Name/Title

Bottle, 'Dr Sheldon's Magnetic Liniment'

About this object

This is an unusual amber brown coloured glass rectangular shaped bottle embossed with the words 'Dr Sheldon's New Discovery'. Advertising of the time claimed that it 'banished all pain'.

“Magnetic” balms, oils, and other products were common during the nineteenth century, with the implication that the medicine's magnetic properties had a similar effect to mesmerism, drawing symptoms away and out of the body. Magnetic influences were said to be powerful and effective against a wide range of ailments. Sheldon’s Magnetic Liniment, is thought to have been first offered by a Boston physician, Dr. Leonard L. Sheldon, in the 1870s, and wide-ranging advertising made international claims as to its benefit

Perhaps the actual effect of these products, the main “magnetic” property, may have been drawing cash out of a person's pockets.

This bottle is part of a large collection of chemist's equipment which came from the old Wyndham pharmacy in Balaclava Street. This was the United Friendly Society Dispensary, known as the UFS.

Maker

Sheldon Drug Company

Maker Role

Manufacturer

Date Made

1890-1900

Period

1890s

Place Made

Oceania, Australia, New South Wales, Sydney

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, glass

Inscription and Marks

Embossed: 'DR. SHELDON'S MAGNETIC LINIMENT'
'SYDNEY, N.S.W.'
'BOSTON U.S.A.'.


Measurements

h 150 mm x w 45 mm x d 23 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Health and Medicine

Subject and Association Keywords

Business and Retail

Object Type

equipment

Object number

WY.0000.477

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