Set of two brown Apothecary bottles early 1900s

$75.00 CAD

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CHININI HYDRO-BROMIDUM (Quinine Hydrobromide)

METHYL-THIONINII CHLORIDUM (Methylthioninium Chloride)

Hand-painted numbers on back. Labels are not paper but integrated into glass.

Two different stoppers. CHININI has STAS D9 D5 233G, METHYL has STAS 2336 __D9

Purchased from collector of German items.

Some chips to labels. Glass in good shape, slight chipping to METHYL stopper.

4.5” tall


Quinine is a medication to treat malaria and babesiosis.

Bromo Quinine Cold Tablets: The main active ingredient in the product was quinine hydrobromide. Use of bromide products resulted in bromism. Bromism is a dangerous medication condition due to over consumption of bromide containing products such as those depicted here. The product was heavily promoted as a laxative and as a cure for influenza, often referred to as "La Gripps". The bromide contents and volume within made this a very unsafe medicine.

Methylene blue, also known as methylthioninium chloride, is a medication and dye. As a medication it is mainly used to treat methemoglobinemia. Specifically it is used to treat methemoglobinemia levels that are greater than 30% or in which there are symptoms despite oxygen therapy. It has previously been used for cyanide poisoning and urinary tract infections but this use is no longer recommended. It is typically given by injection into a vein.

It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines, the most important medications needed in a basic health system.