Medicine chest

Medicine chest
Planters stocked chests like this for the health needs of their families and enslaved workers. The lock and key indicates that the contents had to be monitored. This cabinet held bottles and packets of as many as sixty different ingredients used in making medicines--jalap, ipecac, magnesia, mercury, tinctures of peppermint and cinnamon, and others. The mahogany and fine finish show that this box was intended to be decorative as well as functional. An accompanying video describes its use. Date approximated.
Original Format
medical equipment
Local Identifier
Historic Hope Plantation
Location of Original
Historic Hope Plantation
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