I bought this wonderful piece from a antiques dealer who had obtained it from a family, possibly from their own family. It has obviously been largely untouched over the years. I believe all the contents are original but I don't know for sure. Some of the medicines may have been added later. Some items are missing, of course, but I believe that it is unusual to find so many of the original contents. The only thing that is broken is one of the glasses from the glass scales. There is a large crack in one of the glass scales. You will note that the apparatus for the scales and the weights are still there. All of the items were in drawers at the top and one both sides. The wooden boxes shown were empty. I will not accept paypal on this item but payment plans can be arranged.
Please study the scans closely as I believe they show all of the condition problems. I have to take responsibility for the replaced key insert on the right. It was lost in my move to Macon and had always been loose. I tried to re-glue it a couple of times and it would always come loose. I should have secured it for the move. It was replaced with another brass insert by a metal worker friend of mine. He worked only from a pencil tracing and I think he did a good job for not having the case to work from. It's not identical and the biggest problem is that the key which may or may not be original to the case. It does not engage the lock.
I have included an appraisal that was obtained in 1999 by a Medical specialist and well know Civil War medical dealer. Please review it. Ignore the shipping cost on the invoice. I have just guessed at the weight which will need to be determined when packed.
Doctor's Medicine Chest