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Object ID 000909

Object Name Dr. David Roberts Proud Flesh Ointment

Object Desc Glass jar with a black metal cover of Dr. David Roberts Proud Flesh Ointment. For sores in cattle and horses. Content still inside.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000825a-b

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 Dr. David Roberts Vet Co.,ointment,animals,medicine,

Title Dr. David Roberts Proud Flesh Ointment

Description Round dark green glass jar with a black metal cover. Cover does come off. Orange label around the jar with black writing. Front says ""Dr. David Roberts Proud Flesh Ointment", "Price 50 Cents". There is a picture of the doctor with his signature to the left of that. To the right, there are directions of use. To the left of the doctor's picture, it says "Prepared by Dr. David Roberts Veterinary Co., Inc. Waukesha, Wis.". Bottom of the jar has the numbers "3", "5" and "1" and some symbol. Jar is 825a, lid is 825b.


Approx Collection Date

Height 2.75

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 2.25

Circumference 7.5

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

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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Image Caption CMY825a-b



Date AUG 15,2013

Summary Very good

Assessor Samanta Pugh

Notes Glass is pretty much intact, it has a few scratches arounf the bottom edges. Black cover also has a few minor scratches on the top and on the edges which reveal the silver metal color underneath a little. A few smudges and two tiny white dots are also on the cover. There is a small tear on the paper label on the "N" of word "ointment" and 4 small tears on the top edge above the "Prepared by" section. A few minor smudges and a couple of more superficial scratches are seen on the label. Colors are still vibrant and writing is perfectly clear. Inside of the cover the paper protection is sark yelllow and there is some residue from the ointment. There is some left over pieces on the jar's interior rim of the tan paper that closed the jar. Ointment is still inside.