B&B Corrosive Sublimate Gauze

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Description
Orange cardboard box containing one yard of corrosive sublimate gauze for field use in World War I. Typed on the box in black ink is: "B&B Corrosive / Sublimate Gauze / Compressed / 1 Yard / Prepared by / Bauer & Black / Chicago, U.S.A / Contract May, 1917." Corrosive sublimate, also known as mercuric chloride (HgCl2), was used as an antiseptic during the war.
date made
ca. 1917
maker
Bauer & Black
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
cardboard (overall material)
mercuric chloride (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in x 3/4 in; 8.89 cm x 6.35 cm x 1.905 cm
ID Number
AF.303690D
catalog number
303690D
accession number
62728
related event
World War I
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, General
Military
Health & Medicine
Modern Medicine and the Great War
Exhibition
History Highlights: Modern Medicine and the Great War
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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