Library Artifact Collection

The Medical Center Library maintains a small collection of medical instruments and other artifacts related to medicine and health care. The collection has items of historical significance to Duke as well. A neurosurgical stereotactic equipment exhibit is on level 3 and was donated by Dr. Blaine Nashold. In addition, there are two large collections of apothecary jars. The Caldwell collection includes porcelain and hand-blown glass jars from the 19th century collected while the Caldwells were in Ecuador. The Library also has on loan from the Mary D. B. T. Semans Foundation a beautiful collection of Italian and Hispano-Moresque albarelli (apothecary jars) and versatoi (ewers or pitchers) from the 15th to 18th century.

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Majolica style pitcher

undated
Majolica style pitcher.
 

Apothecary jar. Label: Raiz Colch

late 19th Century
Apothecary jar. Late 19th century. Ceramic. Label: Raiz Colch. Decorated in gold and black with pink roses. 10" tall.
 

Society of Arts Prize Microscope

c. 1860
Society of Arts Prize Microscope. Compound monocular microscope. Mid 19th century. Brass on wooden base. Wooden case. Drawer and accessories....
 

Apothecary jar. Label: Cera Alba.

19th Century
Apothecary jar. 19th century. France. Porcelain. Label: Cera Alba. Handpainted design of eagle and cactus between flower urns. Convex lid. 11" tall.
 

Apothecary jar. Label: Ung- Basilic-

19th Century
Apothecary jar. 19th century. France. Porcelain. Label: Ung- Basilic- Handpainted design of an arab scribe. Convex lid. 8" tall.
 

Apothecary jar. Label: Ext: De Coloq

late 19th Century
Apothecary jar. Late 19th century. Ceramic. Label: Ext. De Coloq. Surrounded by a semi-circle of golden leaves. 10.75" tall.
 

Apothecary jar. Label: Ung: Arcoei.

19th Century
Apothecary jar. 19th century. France. Porcelain. Label: Ung: Arcoei. Handpainted scene of lions, scrolls and foliage. Marked "L. Caut, Paris, 30...
 

Apothecary jar. Label: Acido Tanico.

19th Century
Apothecary jar. 19th century. France. Porcelain. Label: Acido Tanico. Pink ground and handpainted design of coco palms, pyramids and serpents....
 

Collection of cupping glasses

undated
Collection of cupping glasses. Examples of both blown and molded glasses.
 

Apothecary jar. Label: Nuc: Vomic:

19th Century
Apothecary jar. 19th century. France. Porcelain. Label: Nuc: Vomic: Handpainted design of eagle and cactus between flower urns. Convex lid. 11" tall.