About this objectA bottle of red Veracolate tablets.
Used as a laxative. Manufactured by William R Warner & Co Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. 53 of the 100 tablets remain in the bottle. Active ingredients: bile salts, cascara, phenolphthalein, capsicum. Dose: one tablet three times a day, or two tablets at bed time.
Kindly donated by Judy and Michael Rice.
Place MadeSydney, Australia
Medium and MaterialsGlass, metal, paper, Veracolate tablets (active ingredients: bile salts, cascara, phenolphthalein, capsicum)
Inscription and MarksThe clear glass bottle has a rectangular bottom with bevelled edges, a 'French Square', with the shoulder tapering into a circle joining the neck. A two piece mould and separate base were used to make the bottle. The mould seam goes through the screw top finish. The closure is a black plastic screw-top lid, possibly Bakelite, and has decorative arches around it. A paper liner is underneath the lid.
MeasurementsH9.5 x W3.8 x D2.5 cm
Subject and Association DescriptionWilliam R Warner established a drug store in the USA in 1856, registered the company name William R Warner & Co in 1886, and registered an Australian company, William R Warner & Co Pty Ltd in 1930. Their name changed to Warner-Hudnut in 1950 providing a terminus post quem of 1930 and a terminus ante quem of 1950 for this product. William Warner is known for inventing the process to encase medication in a sugar shell.
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