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Object ID 002060

Object Name Lifebuoy Health Soap

Object Desc A red and white box that was made by the Lever Brothers Company.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001589

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Personal Care


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Bay View Pharmacy

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords soap,bar soap,Lever Bros. Co.,Lifebuoy brand,cleaning,

Title Lifebuoy Health Soap

Description It is a red and white box that contains soap. Near the bottom it has th red and white stripes. the front and back sides are the same. It says: " Bath size. New! With Puralin. Lifebuoy Health Soap. Guaranteed by Lever Brothers Company." The top, bottom and left side right side are the same. It says the brand name. The left side says "Unconditional Guarantee. Performance and quality of lifebuoy soap unconditional guaranteed if you are not entirely satisfied return unused portion to lever brothers company new york, n.y. and purchase price plus postage will be refunded at once."


Approx Collection Date

Height 2.75

Length 4

Width 1.25

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Lever Brothers Company

Maker Details Starting with a small grocery business begun by his father, William Lever and his brother James entered the soap business in 1885 by buying a small soap works in Warrington. The brothers teamed up with a Bolton chemist, William Hough Watson, who became an early business partner. Watson invented the process which resulted in a new soap, using glycerin and vegetable oils such as palm oil, rather than tallow. The resulting soap was a good, free-lathering soap, at first named Honey Soap then later named "Sunlight Soap". Production reached 450 tons per week by 1888. Larger premises were built on marshes at Bromborough Pool on the Wirral Peninsula at what became Port Sunlight. Though the company was named Lever Brothers, William Lever's brother and co-director James never took a major part in running the business. He fell ill in 1895, probably as a result of diabetes, and resigned his directorship two years later.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1589



Date APR 30,2014

Summary Good

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes A lot of edge-wear along the seams of the box. There has been some fading with the red color. Some minor creases in the box. The back has light ink from a marker that says "X 334 1.50."


Date APR 30,2014

Summary Status change

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

Date APR 30,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Bay View Pharmacy from Room 4, Shelf 3 - automatic entry by admin