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Object ID 000908

Object Name Dr. David Roberts Laxoton

Object Desc Cardboard and metal container of Dr. David Roberts Laxoton. Laxative for livestock such as cattle, horses, sheep and pigs. Contents still inside. Orange and yellow label with black writing.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000824

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Agriculture


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Hardware Store

Object Date

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Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Laxoton,Dr. David Roberts Vet Co.,laxative,animals,

Title Dr. David Roberts Laxoton

Description Round container's body is made of cardboard material and bottom and top, including the lid, are of silver colored metal. I did not try to remove the cover, it looks pretty stuck. Paper label around is of an orange background and dark yellow on a section of the front and right sides due to discoloration.Writing is black. Front says "Dr. David Roberts Laxoton" followed by a picture of the doctor and a list of the active ingredients to his left and inert ingredient to his right. Below that a note of Caution followed by "Dr. david Roberts Veterinary Co. Waukesha, Wisconsin, U.S.A.", "Contents 10 ozs", "Price $1.35". On the right side of the container it says "Prescription no. 45" followed by the directions for use in different animals. On the left side there is a photograph of 4 cattle followed by a brief explanation of what the product does.


Approx Collection Date

Height 4.75

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 3.25

Circumference 10.75

Weight 0

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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. Most products have the distinctive bright orange label with his picture.

Maker Mark


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Date AUG 15,2013

Summary Fair

Assessor Samanta Pugh

Notes There is a significant amount of rust on all meyal parts of the container, mainly the top. Top and bottom also have some scratches and black smudges. Bottom has two dents. There is a black residue stuck to a portion of the lower rim. The label presents some discoloration on the front towards the right where it is yellow now instead of the original orange. The label has 5 small tears along the top edge. There are some smudges and dirt spots as well as some white and brown tiny spots. Below word "Caution" the paper material is a little scratched off. Writings can be read clearly. Lid does not appear to come off, but I did not try for fear to damage the object.