Alkenaet Root, c1949

Brown paper envelope containing alkanet root BPC 1949, which is specimen number 5 from a British Drug Houses materia medica specimen kit. Alkanet root is listed in ...

Ambra Alba, c1745-1807

Glass bottle containing a specimen of white ambergris (or ambergrise). From the Burges Collection. Pomet and Lemery believed ambergrise was formed from honeycomb that had ...

Ambra Nigra, c1745-1807

Glass bottle containing a specimen of black ambergris (or ambergrise). From the Burges Collection. Text on paper labels reads ‘Catal. Mat. Med. p. 110. No. 5’ and ‘...

Ambragrisea, c1745-1807

Glass bottle, with glass lid and paper labels, containing a specimen of ambergris (or ambergrise). From the Burges Collection. Pomet and Lemery believed ambergrise was ...

Animal Ingredients (Burges Collection of Materia Medica, late 1700s)

The drugs collected by the apothecary John Burges (1745-1807) include many animal ingredients. This group includes (from left to right): bees, sea skinks, red coral, ...

Ants (Burges Collection of Materia Medica, late 1700s)

Ants were said to have been used to treat scabies infections, although we do not know how they were prepared and used, or what the ...

Armenian Bole Pastilles, c1876

Box with glass-panelled lid and paper label, containing four stamped pastilles from Baghdad. Probably made of Armenian bole, which was used powdered in cases of ...

Artificial Musk, c1745-1807

Glass jar with leather and plastic covers, containing an artificial form of musk made with nitric acid. From the Burges Collection. Probably used in perfumery.

Astacus Fluviatilis, c1745-1807

Glass specie jar containing a specimen of Astacus fluviatilis (Astacus astacus), the crayfish. From the Burges Collection. Text on paper contents label reads ‘Astacus fluviatilis ...

Astragalus Suis, c1745-1807

Glass jar containing two specimens of pig/boar ankle bones. From the Burges Collection. Text on paper labels reads ‘Catal. Mat. Med. p. 119, no. 8’ and ‘...