Bottle, Gentian Violet; U.F.S. Dispensary, Wyndham; 1930-1940; WY.0000.475


Bottle, Gentian Violet

About this object

This is a bottle of Gentian Violet solution, bottled by the U.F.S. Dispensary in Wyndham.

What is gentian violet?

Gentian violet is an antiseptic dye that has been in use since 1890. It is not made from gentian or violet flowers, the name being only due to its colour.

Gentian violet has antifungal and antibacterial properties and has traditionally been used as a topical treatment for a variety of dermatological conditions. It was frequently recommended as a treatment for nappy rash. However, there is little clinical trial evidence to support its effectiveness, and in many countries gentian violet is no longer available.

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.


U.F.S. Dispensary, Wyndham

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Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Wyndham

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, glass
organic, processed material, vegetal, paper
organic, processed material, vegetal, bark, cork

Inscription and Marks

Printed on label, 'GENTIAN VIOLET'
Embossed on bottle: 'NOT TO BE TAKEN'


h 125 mm x w 45 mm x d 23 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Health and Medicine

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