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Lot 73: A Victorian ointment pot for 'Poor Mans Friend', inscribed 'Prepared only by Beach & Barnicott, SUCCESSORS TO THE LATE Dr. Roberts, Bridport

To be sold at our Fine Art & Antiques followed by Vintage Clothing and Wine on 20th Feb 2014

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A Victorian ointment pot for 'Poor Mans Friend', inscribed 'Prepared only by Beach & Barnicott, SUCCESSORS TO THE LATE Dr. Roberts, Bridport

A Victorian ointment pot for 'Poor Mans Friend', inscribed 'Prepared only by Beach & Barnicott, SUCCESSORS TO THE LATE Dr. Roberts, Bridport: price 1/1½', 3.6cmH, 4.7cm dia.

 

The son of Richard Roberts, Giles L. Roberts was born on 21st April 1766 at 'The Ship Inn' in West Bay, then known as Bridport Harbour. In 1788 he set himself up as a chemist at West Street and went on to establish a laboratory. During the 1790's, he developed the formula for 'Poor Man's Friend', a cure for aches, pains and gout, etc. In 1805, he opened a  shop at 9 East Street,  and in 1807, was appointed Medical Attendant to the poor in Bridport, taking the opportunity to campaign for better hygiene.

 

Upon his death in 1834 the pharmacy continued to manufacture his ointment under the names of Thomas Beach and John Barnicott until 1903.

 

Bridport museum bought the original copy of the recipe for the 'Poor Man's Friend': mainly lard and fine English beeswax, plus caramel, sugar of lead, salts of mercury, oxide of zinc, oxide of bismuth, venetian red, oils of rose, bergamot and lavender. It would have been effective for the treatment of eczema and minor skin infections, mainly due to the zinc oxide.

 

 

Value

Price Achieved: £20.00

Sale Details

This lot was presented at at our Fine Art & Antiques followed by Vintage Clothing and Wine on the 20th Feb 2014

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