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Object Name: Medicine chest
Date: 1830-1850
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Medium: Wood, glass, brass, paper
Dimensions: Overall: 19 × 22 1/2 × 15 1/2 in. (48.3 × 57.2 × 39.4 cm)
Description: Rectangular wooden medicine chest with flat, hinged lift top, brass butt hinges, brass handles flush with sides, two drawers running full length of base with wooden pulls, and projecting base with chamfered molding; top lifts to reveal interior of simulated third drawer, divided into 55 compartments of various sizes, with 4 large square compartments covered with mahogany lids with brass pulls; contains 8 large colorless glass bottles blown in a mold, 21 medium colorless glass bottles, and 10 small colorless glass bottles, all with glass stoppers; second drawer contains compartments for round bottles, and third drawer is empty.
Credit Line: Purchased from Mrs. Henrietta Secard
Object Number: 1941.922
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Marks: printed: on piece of paper affixed to inside of compartment: "TINCTURE of BARK"

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Despite the fact that the accession record states that this medicine chest belonged to Colonel Gerardus Beekman, M.D. (1653-1723), it was certainly made in the nineteenth century.