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Object ID 003056

Object Name Rikers Expectorant

Object Desc A bottle full of cough syrup.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002750a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Medical


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Bay View Pharmacy

Object Date

Start Year Range 1916

End Year Range 1950

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Rikers,cough syrup,bottles,United Drug Co.,

Title Rikers Expectorant

Description A glass bottle with a cream screw-topped cap filled with cough syrup. The front label is white with black text and include Rikers and sons logo. Below that is the list of ingredients and manufacturer information. The back label lists directions and a warning. The liquid is a dark brown-amber.


Approx Collection Date

Height 6.25

Length 2.75

Width 1.5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 8

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker United Drug Company

Maker Details William Rikers started his company in 1846 and was eventually bought out by the United Drug Company in c. 1916. The United Drug Company was founded in Boston, Mass and they sold Rexall products. Louis K. Liggett had UDC's invest in Rexall and changed the company name to Rexall in around 1920. Rexall drugstores closed during the 1980s and Dollar Tree as of 2010 began selling Rexall products.

Maker Mark United Drug Company


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Image Caption CMY2750A-B



Date MAR 5,2015

Summary Fair

Assessor Christine Jankowski

Notes The bottle has been opened before. The liquid solidifies at he neck of the bottle. The cap is worn and the labels have water damage to them, causing discoloration. The back one has a corner missing from its label. The bottle is dusty as well.


Date AUG 1,2015

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 3, Shelf 5 from Room 3 - automatic entry by admin

Date OCT 1,2015

Summary Status change

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

Date OCT 1,2015

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Bay View Pharmacy from Room 3, Shelf 5 - automatic entry by admin