Bateman's Drops

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Object Name
otc preparation
Date made
R. G. Dunwody & Sons Manufacturing Chemists
Physical Description
glass (overall packaging material)
alcohol 48.9% (drug active ingredients)
opium 1.9 gr. (drug active ingredients)
overall: 5 1/2 in x 1.0625 cm; 13.97 cm x 13/32 in
Place Made
United States: Georgia, Atlanta
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Health & Medicine
Pain & Neuralgia Drugs
Nerve & Brain Drugs
Infant & Children's Products - Pediatrics
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 Mary E. and Joseph F. Melfi, Jr., Tupper's Drug Store, Summerville, South Carolina
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Visitor Comments

8/30/2016 12:23:06 PM
Sandra Smith
David Crockett made reference to Bateman's Drops in Chapter 9 of his A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett in 1834, calling them 'Batesman's draps': "And so the woman, who had a bottle of Batesman's draps, thought if they killed me, I would only die any how, and so she would try it with me. She gave me the whole bottle, which throwed me into a sweat that continued on me all night; when at last I seemed to make up, and spoke, and asked her for a drink of water."
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