Bateman's Drops

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Date made
R. G. Dunwody & Sons Manufacturing Chemists
Place Made
United States: Georgia, Atlanta
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
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Credit Line
Gift of Mary E. and Joseph F. Melfi, Jr., Tupper's Drug Store, Summerville, South Carolina
Pain & Neuralgia Drugs
Nerve & Brain Drugs
Infant & Children's Products - Pediatrics
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Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Data Source
National Museum of American History


"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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