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Espie Dods medical kit, World War 1

Medical kit 

Type:   Medicine

Current Location: Victoria Barracks Museum

Period: c.1899-1914

Where Made: UK

Description: "Drugs and herbs in a fold-out wooden box, 28cm wide, 20cm high, 7.5cm deep. The box fits into a leather case, 29cm wide, 21cm high, 9cm deep. Folded out, the box comprises two sections, each covered by a leather flap.The flaps are stamped in gilt with two labels, the first reading "Miniature dispensary and tasteless medicines/ by Royal Letters Patent/ designed by Dr EA Kirby". The second label reads: "Laboratory 14 Newman St Oxford St."

The box is of mahogany, lined with dark red velvet, with capacity, on one side, for 40 capped vials of two different sizes, in three rows. 34 are present. The second side has capacity for 18 glass vials with ground glass stoppers in two rows, divided by a section which can accommodate two further glass-stoppered vials and also features a compartment with a sliding cover, for instruments, measuring glasses etc. There are 5 vials present in the second side."

The medical kit was owned and used by Dr Joseph Espie Dods (1874-1930), third son of Pat Marks's paternal grandmother, Elizabeth (nee Stodart), while serving as Regimental Medical Officer in the 5th Light Horse Regiment and possibly earlier in the Boer War as a Captain in the Army Medical Corps.