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Dispensing pot for Holloway's ointment, England, 1867-1884

‘Holloway’s Ointment’ was invented and made by Thomas Holloway (1800-83) from 1837 onwards. It was a popular universal cure for a number of ailments advertised on the pot, including gout, rheumatism, ulcers, sore breasts and a sore head. The trade mark of the company (shown on the pot the centre) is possibly a representation of Hygeia, a Greek muse, who has a rod of Asklepios on one side and a child with a board displaying the words “Don’t Despair” on the other. This dispensing pot would have been filled with the ointment and taken home by the customer. The pot is shown with two similar examples (A640043 and A640044).

Object number:

A640031

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Glossary: rheumatism

A disorder where aches and pains affect the muscles and joints.

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