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Object ID 000897

Object Name Dr. David Roberts Gall Balm

Object Desc Orange metal container with lid of Dr. David Roberts Gall Balm. Black writing and picture. Contents still inside. Lid does not open.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000813

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 skin care,balm,Dr. David Roberts Veterinary,medicine,tins,veterinary medicine,animals,

Title Dr. David Roberts Gall Balm

Description Rounded shape 3 1/2 oz. metal container with lid. Background is orange with black writing and picture. Contents are still inside and lid does not open. Bottom is of a gold color. Front says "Dr. David Roberts Gall 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 prescription's number below it. To the left, the ingrediants are listed, the size and the name of the company. To treat horses's skin issues.The lid has a pattern design around the edges and says on top "Gall Balm Price 25 cents".


Approx Collection Date

Height 1.75

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.

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 CMY813



Date AUG 7,2013

Summary Good

Assessor Samanta Pugh

Notes Some rust is seen on the bottom mainly on the outside rim. There are very few minor scratches on the surface. There are some dark smudges on several spots. There is a larger dark spot on the front on words "Dr." and "Gall" as well as one on "David Ro" on the front and others on the Ingredients portion. Such marks appear to be of a sticky nature and are probably some residue from the balm.