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Object ID 002614

Object Name Milk of Magnesia Bottle

Object Desc Blue, glass bottle by the Chas. H. Phillips Chemical Company for milk of magnesia.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002320

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Medical


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 4, Shelf 14

Object Date

Start Year Range 1910

End Year Range 1940

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords Bottles,Medicine,Indigestion,Chas. H. Phillips Chemical Co.,Milk of Magnesia,

Title Milk of Magnesia Bottle

Description Blue, screw-top glass bottle for holding milk of magnesia.


Approx Collection Date

Height 5

Length 2.25

Width 1.5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Chas. H. Phillips Chemical Company

Maker Details Charles H. Phillips invented "Milk of Magnesia", a laxative, in 1873. He named this substance (hydrate of magnesium, 8% solution with water) based on its milky appearance. Phillips manufactured and distributed this medicine through the Chas. H. Phillips Chemical Company, the pharmaceutical company he founded in 1819, at his Glenbrook manufacturing plant in the city of Stamford, Connecticut. Phillips' Milk of Magnesia was manufactured solely at this location beginning in 1880 until 1976 (see maps/ diagrams to the right). In 1923, Sterling Drug, Inc. acquired Chas. H. Phillips Chemical Co., and subsequently added three new products to the Milk of Magnesia line: Phillips' Milk of Magnesia Toothpaste in 1924, Phillips' Dental Magnesia & Tooth Powder in 1925, and Phillips' Milk of Magnesia Tablets in 1931.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2320



Date JUL 3,2014

Summary Poor

Assessor Ben Locke

Notes The bottle is missing its cover, and the lip has a rust-colored residue on it.


Date JUL 3,2014

Summary Status change

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

Date JUL 3,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 4, Shelf 1 from Room 4, Shelf 1 - automatic entry by admin

Date AUG 29,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 4, Shelf 14 from Room 4, Shelf 1 - automatic entry by admin