Amongst the many medical items we have in the museum there is a blue glass bottle which once contained Clarke’s blood mixture.
Clarke’s were a medicaments firm based in Lincoln in England.
And apparently the blood mixture was world famed.
Clarke’s blood mixture dates from the nineteenth century and into the twentieth. It was the era for cure-all medicines. These words appeared in an advert for the blood mixture in an 1876 Australian newspaper.
Clarke’s World-famed blood mixture
The great blood purifier and restorer for cleansing and clearing the blood from all impurities cannot be too highly recommended.
For scrofula, scurvy, skin diseases and sores of all kinds it is a never-failing and permanent cure.]
It cures old sores, cures ulcerated sores on the neck, cures ulcerated sore legs, cures blackheads or pimples on the face, cures scurvy sores, cures cancerous ulcers, cures blood and skin diseases, cures glandular swellings, clears the blood of all impure matter.
As this mixture is pleasant to the taste and warranted free from anything injurious to the most delicate constitution of either sex, the proprietor solicits sufferers to give it a trial to test its value.
With all these alleged virtues it seems amazing that Clarke’s went out of business and his blood mixture vanished. Or perhaps it wasn’t able to live up to the proprietor’s claims!
We love the bottle and you can see it amongst our medical display at the museum.