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One Ounce Bottle of Silvol, 20% Silver Solution, circa 1920

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Posted 5 years ago


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I found this little bottle of Silvol at an estate sale last weekend. While researching this I found that it is rather scarce in this one ounce size.
“Definition: a complex prepared by the reaction of silver oxide with either gelatin or serum albumin. Black shiny crystals liberate silver and it was formerly widely used as a topical anti-infective on mucous membranes. Contains 19–25% silver, only a small fraction of which is ionizable. Can produce black or brown pigmentation due to deposition of reduced silver in the tissues.”
I did find one at the Melbourne Museum in Australia, and here is what they had to say about theirs:
Reg. No: SH 850610
Bottle of Silvol (Proteid Silver Antiseptic) made by Parke, Davis & Co., used in the pharmacy of a mental health hospital in Victora Australia circa 1920. Silver solutions were used as an antiseptic-germicide.
Drug Silvol (Proteid Silver Antiseptic) is contained in a small amber bottle with a sealed cork.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
10.00 cm (Height), 3.00 cm (Length)
More information
Tagged with:
bottles, hospitals, psychiatric services
Themes this item is part of:
Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification:
Secondary Classification:
Mental Health - Pharmacy
Tertiary Classification:
Printed label: ONE OUNCE/SILVOL/Contains about 20% of silver in/proteid combination/ Used as a local application in 5% to 50% solution in water.
Parke, Davis & Co., Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, circa 1920
Place & Date Used:
Victoria, Australia, circa 1920
information on label
Melbourne Museum
Nicholson St., Carlton, Melbourne
In the last photo, you see the bottle makers mark, here is a little information on them.
“O in a square..........Owens Bottle Company, Toledo OH (1903-1929), also Fairmont, WV; Clarksburg, WV, and other plant locations. Owens Bottle Co. merged with the Illinois Glass Company of Alton, IL in 1929 to form the Owens-Illinois Glass Company.”
This is definitely an interesting find.


  1. mrmajestic1 mrmajestic1, 5 years ago
    I like the history.
  2. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 5 years ago
    I gotta give this one a LOVE. I have few bottles now but the ones I have are special to me. Some even have part of the original contents.

    You did a great job of researching on this.
  3. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    Thank you very much mrmajestic1
  4. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    Thank you very much for the kind words, you comments are always welcome.
  5. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    Thank you very much pickingupbones
  6. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    Thank you very much trunkman, miKKoChristmas11, scandinavian_pieces, BELLIN68 & trgrubaugh.

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