Bottle, Rawleigh's Brown Glass; Rawleigh's; 1930-1940; WY.0000.585


Bottle, Rawleigh's Brown Glass

About this object

This is a brown coloured square glass bottle, with 'Rawleigh's' embossed on the side.

About Rawleigh's:

From humble beginnings, William Thomas Rawleigh (1870-1951) became a successful American businessman. When he was 18 years old he turned his mother's kitchen into a part-time factory in order to produce liniment, eventually renting a small building and extending his range of medicines. His first products were functional and filled the needs of the rural population, including an antiseptic salve.

Rawleigh knew that most people were not familiar with his goods or his name and realised that leaving his products with his customers for trial would later produce good sales. He was amongst the first manufacturers to offer a free trial and guarantee that unless absolutely satisfied, there would be no sale. His 'try before you buy’ approach became a hallmark of Rawleigh's brand

Rawleigh established a factory in New Zealand in 1931 and is an iconic pharmaceutical product.

This bottle is part of a large collection of chemist's equipment which came from the old Wyndham pharmacy in Balaclava Street. This was the United Friendly Society Dispensary, known as the UFS.



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Place Made

Oceania, Australia, Victoria, Melbourne

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, glass
inorganic, processed material, metal, steel

Inscription and Marks

Embossed on glass: 'W T RAWLEIGH Co Ltd'
On cap: 'Rawleigh's'


h 95 mm x w 40 mm x d 40 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Health and Medicine

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