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    Posted 5 years ago

    jscott0363
    (520 items)

    Hello fellow collectors!!!!

    I recently came across this wonderful apothecary doctor's case from the 19th century. It's covered in herringbone pattern canvas with leather binding and a leather securing belt. This one is from the 1820-1840 period. It's still in really great condition, a bit stained, but 100% intact. I dare not attempt to clean it for fear of damaging it in any way. The key is missing, but I don't really mind that.

    This would have been carried by a early 19th century doctor on his horse and buggy when making house calls. It still retains some initials on top, but I cannot quite make them out.

    The interior is in really great condition and there is still indication of medicine bottles that were once kept inside. This little case is small and only measures 10" long, 6" tall and 5 1/2" wide.

    I can only imagine the doctor that once owned this and the types of medications that were once kept in this little chest. If this little chest could only speak to us, the stories it could tell.

    Update: Thanks to our CW friend trunkman, we now know that this is from the 1820 to 1840 period. Thank you trunkman!!!

    Thanks for stopping to have a look!

    Scott

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    Comments

    1. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Haha! First to love your new post ;-))
    2. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Small, very small! I wonder what the doctor carried in it...
      Another fantastic trunk, Scott :-D
    3. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Wow Kyra!!
      That was extremely FAST!!! Thank you. It is a very small chest. I've wondered myself what types of medicines that were carried in this. Probably medications that we're unfamiliar with in today's world.
    4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the very quick loves

      Kyra

      ravage60

      and

      Rob

      And thanks for stopping in. I do thank you all!
    5. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Tiny bottles of medicine drops, probably ...
    6. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Kyra,
      I'm guessing medicine drops, powders and possibly pills of some type.
    7. greendog greendog, 5 years ago
      Wow! another great little trunk/box Scotty, I use a 2/1 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and blue dawn dish soap in a spray bottle and soft bristle brush or a damp cloth works well, remember a man once said, " we have nothing to fear but fear itself" very cool little box.
    8. fortapache fortapache, 5 years ago
      Still yet another very cool old trunk.
    9. Drill Drill, 5 years ago
      Neat as can be.
    10. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      greendog,
      Thanks very much for the compliment and the tip!! I'll definitely give that a try.
    11. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      fortapache,
      Thanks very much!!! Glad you like it!
    12. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Drill,
      Thanks!! It is a neat little chest, if I must say so myself. I thought it was unusual and something I'd never seen before.
    13. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the appreciations

      NevadaBlades

      Thomas

      Mani

      greendog

      BBs

      Pops

      Roy

      fortapache

      and

      Drill

      Thanks also for stopping by. Many many thanks!!!
    14. trunkman trunkman, 5 years ago
      omygosh this is soooo nice... they keep getting better -- going on your site is like watching the fireworks...
    15. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Wow t-man,
      I'm flattered by your compliments friend!! I just love trunks of any kind and enjoy seeing all of the beauties splattered all over CW. Can't get enough of the beauties posted by everyone here. Your Excelsior slat trunk is simply out of this world!!!! Keep em coming. I always look forward to your next trunk post.
    16. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      trunkman or Drill,
      Any ideas on how old this one would be? I've been unsuccessful at finding anything in regards to a little chest like this. I'd appreciate any input form anyone.
    17. trunkman trunkman, 5 years ago
      I would think as a guess between 1820 to 1840.... if it was a full sized trunk going by material and style I would think around then... specifically the studded top leather going down past the lip of the base... typical of that time period.
    18. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Oroy,
      Thanks buddy!! I was pretty fascinated with this myself and that's the primary reason I bought it. Knew I'd probably never come across another one like it.
    19. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thank you trunkman!
      I had a hunch that it must be from the early to mid 1800's, but wasn't completely sure. The studded dust cover around the lip really made me think that. Thanks very much for your help! I really love the older items like this. They just fascinate me to no end!!
    20. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks very much for the appreciations

      Michael

      Mike

      vetraio

      and

      Oroyoroyisthatyourhorse (for the fine comment as well)

      Thanks also for stopping in. Many thanks to you all!!!
    21. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Scott, you know I am just going to love this one to pieces!!! It is gorgeous and well done to you for finding and saving it for all of us to see!!
    22. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Judy,
      Thank you so much for loving this one to pieces! I always appreciate you stopping in and commenting and loving my items!! Very kind of you!!!
    23. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks so very much for the loves

      btrue

      Judy (and for the wonderful comment)

      OneGoodFind

      Elisabethan

      and

      NevadaBlades

      And thank you all for stopping by to admire my doctor's medicine chest!!
    24. myoldkyhome myoldkyhome, 5 years ago
      Love this! You have an incredible collection. I have an old leather covered apothecary box. It's made a little differently than this. It has the dividers for all of the bottles.
    25. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      myoldkyhome,
      Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment! I'd love to see your apothecary box. I came across this one by chance, but I'm now fascinated with the old apothecary boxes and chests.
    26. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks so very much for the loves

      bjb5859

      and

      myoldkyhome

      And thank you both for stopping by. Much appreciated!!!
    27. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      A very special trunk for your great collection Scott. Like you I like to imagine where these have been and what they have experienced. Well done - it's so old!
    28. inky inky, 5 years ago
      What a beautiful thing...and so old...:-)
    29. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Karen,
      Thanks so much!!! Wouldn't it be a wonder to know who the doctor was that owned this and where it has been? I'm proud to have this in my collection. Thanks for the wonderful comment, the love and for stopping in. Always appreciated!!
    30. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Penny,
      Thank you so very much!! This one is among my oldest. Very happy to have this one for sure! Thanks for the lovely comment, the love and for stopping by. Always appreciated!!
    31. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Mani,
      Thank you so much for the love and for stopping in. Always appreciated!!!
    32. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Rick and buckethead,
      Thanks for the appreciations and for stopping by. I do appreciate you both!
    33. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks very much for the loves

      FatBoy

      NevadaBlades

      and

      gargoylecollector

      And thank you all for stopping by. Many thanks!!!
    34. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      SEAN,
      Thanks friend for the appreciation and for stopping by. Glad you like it. Many thanks as always!!!
    35. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks very much for the loves

      egreeley1976

      and

      Anna

      And thank you both for stopping in. Always appreciated!!!
    36. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Neighborguysfan,
      Thanks very much for the appreciation and for stopping by. Very much appreciated!!

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