Historical information

These vintage tins contained medicinal products to help relieve illness symptoms for the family at home in the 1900's. Two were manufactured in Australia and the two Ayrton's products were made in England.

Physical description

Three vintage medicinal tins and cardboard container. 1. Small Ayrton's heart shape Bismuth Indigestion Tablets tin with the Manufacturer details printed at the bottom of the lift up lid. It has a large red heart shape on a white background. Approx. 2ozs. It has a gold base with information for use and recommended dosages. 2. A small badly rusted and worn tin Ayrton's Sulphur and Yeast Tablets with seven red dots showing usage features of these tablets. Manufacturer details are listed at the bottom of the front lift up lid and the back of the tin has further information. 3. A cylindrical green Robinson's Patent Barley tin with a patterned rusted lid. The manufacturer details and usage information are indecipherable due to wear and rust. 4. A cylindrical lidded De Witt's Antacid Powder cardboard container with a rusted tin lid. Manufacturer details and usage are printed on a paper wrapper glued to the cylinder.

Inscriptions & markings

1. 'Ayrton's Heart Shape Bismuth Indigestion Tablets Ayrton Saunders & Co Ltd Liverpool. England.' 2. 'Ayrton's Sulphur and Yeast Tablets Ayrton, Saunders & Co. Ltd. Liverpool. Eng.' 3. Robinson's Patent Barley' (indecipherable details) On the bottom of the tin Robinson's "Patent" Barley Letters Patent Granted 1923 Now expired Packed March 1951. 4.De Witt's Trademark Antacid Powder 2/6 for Indigestion. Contents 4ozs. Approx. Lasting Action' Inside the Ayrton's Sulphur and Yeast Tablets tin is a sticker with 'M Burgi' handwritten on it in biro.