Object StatementMedicine bottle and contents, 'Friar's Balsam', glass / paper / cork / tincture of benzoin gum, VT McCabe Dispensing Chemist, Junee, New South Wales, Australia, [1960-1980]
Physical DescriptionMedicine bottle and contents, 'Friar's Balsam', glass / paper / cork / tincture of benzoin gum, VT McCabe Dispensing Chemist, Junee, New South Wales, Australia, [1960-1980]
A small brown glass bottle with a cork stopper containing medicine known as 'Friar's Balsam'. The remaining medicine has solidified at the bottom of the bottle. A white paper label is adhered to the body of the bottle and reads, 'Friar's Balsam ... VT McCabe MPS Dispensing Chemist, Broadway, Junee'.
Friar's Balsam is an over-the-counter medication used for its antiseptic properties on small injuries such as cuts and abrasions, and for its expectorant properties for coughs, congestion and asthma. It is a tincture (alcoholic solution) whose principal ingredient is the gum from the benzoin tree (styrax benzoin).
MarksText inscribed on label adhered to body of bottle, printed in blue "FRIAR'S BALSAM / NETT - FL. OZs / BROADWAY .. JUNEE / PHONE:: JUNEE 11".
Inscription moulded into glass on body of bottle "NOT TO BE TAKEN".
Inscription moulded into glass on underside of base "(unknown mark) / 1 8 849/3".