Meade & Baker's Compound Carbolic Mouth Wash

The indications or uses for this product as provided on its packaging: For cleansing the mouth and teeth and for minor irritations of the throat
Currently not on view
Object Name
otc preparation
otc preparation
Date made
after 1929
C. I. Hood Company, Inc.
Physical Description
alcohol 45% (drug active ingredients)
box: 5 in x 2 3/4 in x 1 1/8 in; 12.7 cm x 6.985 cm x 2.8575 cm
bottle: 4 5/8 in x 2 5/8 in x 1 in; 11.7475 cm x 6.6675 cm x 2.54 cm
Place Made
United States: New York, New York
United States: Missouri, Saint Louis
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Dental Products
Health & Medicine
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 Mary E. and Joseph F. Melfi, Jr., Tupper's Drug Store, Summerville, South Carolina
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Visitor Comments

2/14/2016 8:51:34 PM
Laura Pulley
Hi, We recently bought a 1910 home in Richmond, VA's Fan District. While cleaning out in a crawl space he found many broken bottles and 3 whole bottles. One broken piece was the neck and cork of Meade & Baker Carbolic Mouth Wash. The bottle is embossed with Richmond on it and I was wondering if it was also made here. I have photos I could send if interested. Thanks, Laura
3/15/2016 3:38:19 PM
Rachel Anderson
Hardaway Meade and Thomas Roberts Baker established their prominent Richmond, VA, apothecary around 1856. The popularity of the Meade & Baker's mouthwash led to the formation of the Meade & Baker Carbolic Mouthwash Company, also located in Richmond. Eventually the company expanded and the mouthwash was then produced in several different cities. You can find out more about this business in the Virginia Tech Special Collections (see: Meade & Baker Apothecary Ledger, Ms2009-130 - Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University). Rachel Anderson, Curatorial Asst., NMAH Div. of Med. and Science
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