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Object Name Chest, Medicine
Catalog Number 0985.13.00991, a-z
Description Wooden medical chest (.991) with a handle on each side and a drawer at the bottom. An inscription on the top of the chest reads: "Presented by the City of Richmond to Co. H, Richmond Sharpshooters. The chest contains a bottle in which is preserved a snake and a lizard caught by the donor of the chest, E.E. DePriest." The drawer originaly carried a medical scale and contains three weights and a note which reads: "Put this bottle while in camp on Greenbriar River 1861 / Captain E.E. DePriest Co.H, 23rd VA Reg." The chest has 36 compartments of different sizes with fifteen bottles, some with tops and some corked and a syringe. Contents are:
(a) square glass jar, no top, sand-colored powder inside, label reads, "SULPH: QUININE; MEADE & BAKER, Apothecaries, Just above New Custom House, Richmond Virginia";
(b) square glass jar with top, white powder fills 1/3, no label;
(c) small circular glass jar with screw-on top, yellow substance inside, no label;
(d) small circular glass jar, no top, brown residue inside, browned label reads, "from DUVAL & NORTON, DRUGGISTS & CHEMISTS. Oppo. Nc. Custom House, Richmond";
(e) paper wrapped around blue rocks;
(f) square glass bottle with glass top, some amber-colored liquid remains, one label reads, "Castor oil", other label faded;
(g) square glass bottle with glass top, stained yellowish, black/brown substance remains in bottom, no label;
(h) square glass bottle with glass top, label reads, "PIL: OPII: ET CAMPHORAE, Opium 1 Gr, Camphorae 2 Gr, Dose 1 Pill, Prepared by Bullock & Crenshaw, Arch & 6th Sts, Philadelphia," and raised on glass "Bullock & Crenshaw, PHILADA";
(i) square glass bottle with no top, 1/3 filled with white crystalized substance, label reads, "G.W. LATIMER, DRUGGIST, 731 West Marshall St. Richmond, VA", handwritten on label "Carb. Potasl";
(j) square glass bottle with glass top, sandy-colored powder inside, no label;
(k) small circular glass bottle with removeable glass top, sandy-=-colored powder inside, no label;
(l) small glass bottle with cork top, sandy-colored substance inside, label almost gone;
(m) square glass bottle with half-missing glass top, sandy-colored substance inside;
(n) square glass bottle, no top, empty, label reads, "ESS. PEPPERMINT / MEADE & BAKER, Apothecaries, above New Custom House, Richmond, Virginia";
(o) circular glass jar, cork top covered with red wax, preserved newt and snake inside, no label;
(p) syringe;
(q, r, s, u) four glass stoppers;
(t) brown paper wrapping;
(v) square glass bottle with glass top, empty, no label;
(w) black metal case; and
(x, y, z) three weights.
Dimensions H-9 W-11.5 D-15.5 inches
Owned E. E. DePriest
Owner Regiment 23rd Virginia Infantry, Co. H, "Richmond Sharpshooters"
Provenance Presented by the City of Richmond to the Richmond Sharpshooters, Co. H, 23rd Virginia Infantry in 1861. The donor, E. E. DePriest, was the company captain. He put the lizard and/or snake into a bottle of alcohol while encamped on Greenbrier River in 1861.
People DePriest, E. E.
Search Terms Richmond, Virginia
Subjects Medical aspects of war
Medical care
Medical equipment & supplies