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SYMONDS DROP BOTTLE, WITH TWO SCREW NICKEL-PLATE CAPS, TALL RIBBED OVAL GLASS BOTTLE GRADUATED 4 oz [32 DR], IN LEATHERETTE COVERED PULL OFF CASE

Production date
1930
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This drop bottle may have been used to administer chloroform, a popular anaesthetic used in the mid-1800s to early 1900s. The drop bottle would release a few drops of chloroform on to a cloth, which would then cover the patient's nose. Chloroform was used to stop the patient feeling pain during surgery and childbirth.

The drop bottle is engraved with DR, meaning measurements for drams or drachms. This measurement is a unit of mass in the avoirdupois system (which uses pounds and ounces as units), and was used as both a unit of mass and volume in apothecary systems.

Drop bottles are still used today as an alternative to pipettes to consistently and accurately dispense reagents, either one drop at a time or in a stream. The dropper control tip snaps securely into place to provide a leak-proof seal. Different materials provide different features: polyethene has ideal chemical resistance, glass is chemically and biologically inert, and amber glass protects against UV rays.

Part 2011.1212

Classification:
4601: Anaesthetic agents and containers
Location:
In Storage