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Usage conditions apply
The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are: An antiseptic, astringent, soothing and restorative ointment. A dressing for all surface lesions and acute or chronic inflammatory skin diseases. Indicated in burns, scalds, cuts, bruises, ulcers, bed sores, suppurative tumors, inflammatory eczema, etc. A valuable substitute for flaxseed as a poultice. A healing ointment possessing a wide range of usefulness. It is strictly antiseptic. It relieves pain. It is astringent, but not irritating.
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Object Name
otc preparation
Other Terms
Patent Medicines; Drugs; Non-Liquid
Date made
ca 1920
Norwich Pharmacal Company
Place Made
United States: New York, Norwich
Physical Description
alum compound (drug active ingredients)
phenol (drug active ingredients)
ammonium (drug active ingredients)
sulphoichthyolate (drug active ingredients)
zinc oxide (drug active ingredients)
aromatic and antiseptic oils (drug active ingredients)
petrolatum and purified animal fat (drug active ingredients)
overall: 9.5 cm x 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm; 3 3/4 in x 2 15/16 in x 2 15/16 in
overall: 3 3/4 in x 3 1/8 in x 3 1/8 in; 9.525 cm x 7.9375 cm x 7.9375 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Gary P. and Sandra Baden
Rubs, Liniments & Ointments
Skin & Dermatology Drugs
Pain & Neuralgia Drugs
First Aid Products & Antiseptics
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Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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My great-great grandfather was Theodore Faeirheller and he was a pharmacist in Philadelphia and possibly New York at some time - my family passed down the story that he had invented Unguentine and I always remember my grandmother and my mother having it in the house to treat burns - do you have any information that would validate this story ?
In the 1940’s our family lived in a small rural community called McDermott, Scioto County, Ohio. Our home consisted of two small rooms heated by a pot belly stove. In those lean years we had no electric or running water. When my brother, Duane was a baby he grabbed for a pot of boiling water being heated on the stove. Our mother eventually applied several canisters of Anguentine to the horrible wounds that covered his back and leg. To this very day I truly believe if it had not been for mother and Anguentine my brother would not be alive today, he is 76 years old. We still have an empty Anguentine canister and a newspaper clipping of this event.

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