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Object ID 000896

Object Name Dr. David Roberts Badger Balm

Object Desc Orange metal container with lid of Dr. David Roberts Badger Balm. Black writing and picture.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000812a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Medical


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Hardware Store

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Badger Balm,Dr. David Roberts Veterinary,balm,medicine,tins,animals,skin care,veterinary medicine,

Title Dr. David Roberts Badger Balm

Description Rounded shape 5 oz. metal container with lid. Background is orange with black writing and picture. Interior of the container and the lid is silver. Bottom is of a gold color. Front says "Dr. David Roberts Badger Balm" and has a picture of him on the center with his signature below. To the right of this, there are directions of use and the company's name below it. To the left, the different uses of the balm are listed from skin cuts and injuries on animals as well as for family use for skin issues. The lid has a pattern design around the edges and says on top "Badger Balm Price 50 cents". Tin is empty.


Approx Collection Date

Height 2.25

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 2.25

Circumference 7.75

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Height is with lid on.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Dr. David Roberts Veterinary Co.

Maker Details Waukesha, WIS. Dr. David Roberts was born in 1866 in Franksville, WI. He was recognized as a knowledgeable and competent veterinarian. In 1904, he incorporated the "Dr. David Robert's Veterinary Company" and employed over thirty people at his factory/office. The firm produced his animal medicines and sold them throughout the United States. Dr. Roberts also released his first book that same year called "Practical Home Veterinarian" which sold more than a million copies nationwide. He was named State Veterinarian in 1906 which required him to work out of the town of Madison. In 1908 he was succeeded by his brother and went back to his practice and business in Waukesha. By 1910, the "Dr. Roberts Stock Farm" had been established and was billed as "the most modern barn in the Midwest. He became quite wealthy selling his medicines. In 1951 he died. Dr. Roberts' patent medicines are well known today for their uniformity. All products have the distinctive bright orange label with his picture.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY812a-b



Date AUG 7,2013

Summary Good

Assessor Samanta Pugh

Notes There is rust on the bottom of the container, on the inside and on the lid, as well as on the upper edges of the container where the lid sits on. On this same area there are scratches resultant from the lid's pressure. There are also minor scratches and smudges on the tin's surface There is a slight dent on the lid on the word "Price". Orange color is still vibrant and words can be clearly read. Inside is clean.


Date AUG 7,2013

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from On-Site Collection Storage - automatic entry by admin

Date AUG 7,2013

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Hardware Store from Cabinet 1 - automatic entry by admin