St. Jacobs Oil

The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are: A liniment for muscular pains and aches due to exertion or exposure. Intended to help relieve rheumatic pains, pain of neuritis and neuralgia, superficial muscular discomfort from strains, bruises, stiffness or soreness contingent upon exertion or exposure; in fact, useful wherever an efficient counter-irritant, rubefacient, local application is needed.
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Object Name
otc preparation
Date made
after 1906
Wyeth Chemical Company
Physical Description
chloroform, 26 minims per fl. oz. (drug active ingredients)
box: 5 3/4 in x 1 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in; 14.605 cm x 3.81 cm x 3.81 cm
bottle: 5 1/4 in x 1 1/8 in; 13.335 cm x 2.8575 cm
Place Made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Health & Medicine
Pain & Neuralgia Drugs
Rheumatism & Arthritis Drugs
Rubs, Liniments & Ointments
First Aid Products & Antiseptics
Balm of America
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Balm of America
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Gary P. and Sandra Baden
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

11/12/2015 3:44:01 PM
Matt Laffey
Quick observation. While researching a non-related topic I came across an advertisement for St. Jacobs Oil. I notice that the "Date Made" is marked as "after 1906". The newspaper I found the advertisement in is from March 25, 1893. Link provided below.
3/7/2016 12:51:56 AM
Charlie B.
Further to the prior comment about the product history, I stumbled across an ad for st. jacobs oil from September 1880: cheers!
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