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Konseal Apparatus

Konseal Apparatus

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Stanislaus Limousin (1831-1887) was a pharmacist in Paris who devised a way of encapsulating medicines in water soluble capsules (which he called “cachets”) in the early 1870s. Karl Morstadt, in Prague, introduced a cachet closing apparatus in 1891, later receiving U.S. Patents 582,021 and 648,594. J. M. Grosvenor & Co., the U.S. sales agent for the Morstadt apparatus, used the word Konseal rather than Cachet.
This object is one of 39 objects from the Estate of Robert W. Vinson donated to the Smithsonian in 1958. Robert William Vinson (1872-1958), known as “Doc” or “Doc Willie” Vinson, ran Vinson’s Pharmacy in Rockville, Maryland, from the early 1900s until 1957. The store was built in the 1880’s and located on the corner of Montgomery Avenue and Perry Street, across from the Montgomery County Court House, and was reported to be a popular gathering place for local politicians. It closed after Mr. Vinson’s death and many objects and furnishings, some dating to the years prior to Mr. Vinson’s ownership, were donated to the Montgomery County Historical Society Stonestreet Museum, as well as to the Smithsonian. An ornate 1914 soda fountain from the drugstore was installed in the Rockville public library. Highlights in the Smithsonian collection include glass apothecary bottles, a "Konseal" Filling and Closing Apparatus, and two pharmacy counter displays: “Munyon’s Homeopathic Home Remedies” and “German Household Dyes.”
Reference: Buglass, Ralph. Rockville, 2020. Print. (Images of America Series)
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Object Name
Konseal Filling and Closing Apparatus
Physical Description
cotton (parts(11) material)
metal (parts(11) material)
overall: 2 1/4 in x 17 7/16 in x 9 5/8 in; 5.715 cm x 44.29125 cm x 24.4475 cm
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accession number
Credit Line
Estate of Robert Vinson, through Mr J. Vinson Peter
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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