SMALL COLLECTION OF SEVEN COPPER PRINTING PLATES FOR PHARMACEUTICAL LABELS, engraved using various fonts and stylistic devices, plates being of varying sizes, and from various regional pharmacies including Bournemouth, Lockerbie, Great Yarmouth and London. n.d. but probably early 20th century.
1863. Seven small copper printing plates, all engraved, using various fonts and stylistic devices and of varying sizes; all a little finger marked and with some oxidisation on verso, and a couple displaying signs of emendations and corrections; overall good. A small and appealing collection of small engraved copper printing plates for pharmaceutical labels, of potential interest to printing historians and to those studying historical printed visual material. Such examples of objects from which printed images were taken can offer up information that the ‘final’ impression cannot, and vice versa, and provide a unique opportunity to study in detail, and appreciate, the highly skilled craftsmanship involved. We believe them to date from the early 20th century, and represent chemists from London, Windsor, Great Yarmouth, Bournemouth, and Lockerbie. The label for F. C. Saunders, and for A. C. Laidlaw display evidence of later amendments on the verso, corrections seemingly being made to phone numbers at a later stage, suggesting that the chemists themselves kept hold of the original plate, and could have them altered as and when required.
1. Steward & Son. Chemists, Great Yarmouth. 45 x 82 x 1mm. Slightly scratched and stained.
2. F. C. Saunders Ltd. Dispensing chemists. 41 St Leonards Rd, Windsor. ‘Shake the bottle. The mixture’. Copied. 91 x 82 x 1mm, with some finger marking, somewhat darkened on verso and evidence of previous alterations hammered out presumably amending phone number.
3. H. Withnall Wain, Dispensing Chemist. 71 Southbourne Grove, Bournemouth. With phone number. Member of the Pharmaceutical Society engraved within two small banners. ‘Shake the Bottle’. 99 x 66 x 1mm, some finger marking and evidence of wear on verso.
4. A. C. Laidlaw Ltd, Pharmaceutical Chemists, Lockerbie. Members of the Pharmaceutical Society. 88 x 68 x 1mm; some finger marking, and evidence of previous alterations made on verso
5. Tablets, Cooper, Son & Co., Ltd, Chemists, 120 Gloucester Road and 24 Sloane Square, (Knightsbridge End) London. With trademark ‘Globena Brand, Cooper, Son & Co., Ltd’. 63 x 97 x 1mm, with bevelled edges, some finger marking and oxidisation on verso.
6. Cooper, Son & Co., Ltd. Chemists, 120 Gloucester Road. South Kensington, London. S. W. 7. Estab. 1863. with small engraved trademark. with phone number. 56 x 99 x 1mm, with some finger marking and evidence of oxidisation on verso.
7. ‘Please quote above No. when ordering’. Cooper, Son & Co., Ltd. Chemists, 120 Gloucester Road. South Kensington, London, and 24 Sloane Street, Belgravia. S. W. Estab. 1863 in small oval, and with trademark. 50 x 119 x 1mm, with some finger marking and evidence of oxidisation on verso.