B&B Corrosive Sublimate Gauze

B&B Corrosive Sublimate Gauze

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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.
Object Name
gauze, sublimate corrosive
Other Terms
gauze, sublimate corrosive; medical equipment
date made
ca. 1917
Bauer & Black
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
cardboard (overall material)
mercuric chloride (overall material)
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
catalog number
accession number
World War I
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, General
Health & Medicine
Modern Medicine and the Great War
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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