Hardcover. This collection of seven vintage embalming pieces from the early-to-mid 20th century includes an original 1930s Hydrol Embalming Fluid crate, a full circa 1930s Bickmore Morticians Powder tin, a circa 1930s Pak Embalming Bandage tin complete with sealed bandage inside, a 1930 printing of the Champion Text-Book on Embalming, Practical Embalming by C. Horace Clarke dated 1917, a 1947 printing of The New Embalming Guide, Part II booklet, and a circa 1940 Original Necrosan Embalming Fluid Spray Pamphlet. As morbid as it is impressive, this is truly a substantial collection of early-to-mid 20th century embalming paraphernalia, from the crate that bottles of embalming fluid arrived in to rare books on the subject to actual embalming powders and bandages and even artifacts of advertising, all of which is overall quite...well-preserved, one might say.
This collection includes the following items:
Hydrol Embalming Fluid original, dovetailed wood crate, circa 1930s, 9 1/4''H X 18 1/4''W X 12'' D, with black and red print to all sides. Two cracks running lengthwise on the bottom board, structurally sound, with dampstained and rubbed off Hydrol Chemical Company label to one side. Soiling and wear to sides and bottom. Good.
Bickmore Morticians Powder tin, circa 1930s, 6" tall, rust and scratching to body and especially to cap, with small hole to cap head, feels quite full, "Allays all disagreeable orders...Dust on body." Good.
Pak Embalming Bandage tin with sealed bandage inside, circa 1930s, 4 5/8" tall, scratching to lid, wear and sunning to label, "deodorizes, dehydrates, and mummifies almost immediately," for the treatment of "mutilated cases...burned and scalded cases...skin slip" and more. Good.
Champion Text-Book on Embalming, published 1930 by The Champion Company of Springfield, Ohio, Eighth Revised Edition, 8 5/8" X 5 7/8", xxxi, 665pp, bound in brown cloth over boards, with upper board and spine lettered in gilt. Rather heavy wear to binding, with fraying to head and tail of spine, corners bumped and split, and soiling to cloth. Hinges tender, some gathering proud, and spine visible at several places. Previous owner's name to front free endpaper. Small dampstain to bottom corner of text block, not intruding on pages. Pages are unmarked. Thoroughly illustrated throughout. Good.
Practical Embalming: A Recitation of Actual Experiences of the Author and Hundreds of the Most Expert Embalmers of the World by C. Horace Clarke, published by the author in Cincinnati, dated 1917, but likely a later printing, 9 1/4" X 6 3/8", 302pp, bound in dark green cloth over boards, with upper board and spine lettered in gilt. Moderate wear to binding, with hard lean to spine, edgewear, and bumping to extremities. Small tear to title page. Both hinges cracked, with webbing visible. Binding remains quite sound. Pages are unmarked. Illustrated throughout in 143 deeply disturbing and graphic images. Good.
New Embalming Guide, Part II--Abnormal Embalming, Plastic Surgery and Cosmetics: A Technical Reference Handbook for the Practicing Embalmer in the Use of ESCO Distinctive Embalming Fluids, Cosmetics, and Restorative Materials, published by The Embalmers' Supply Co. in 1947, twenty fifth printing, 8 3/8" X 5 3/8", 59pp, plus one-page index. Staplebound pictorial wraps printed in blue and pink, with silhouette of a corpse's face and bottle of embalming fluid to front cover. Heavy wear to binding, with substantial dampstaining to wraps and to each page throughout. Poor.
The Original Necrosan Embalming Fluid Spray Pamphlet, published by New England Necrosan Co., undated, circa 1940, 6 1/4" X 3 1/4", 2pp. A touch of shelfwear, else fine. "How to Defeat those tough embalming problems," "NECROSAN is an embalming fluid spray. An entirely unique product, and the FIRST and ONLY preparation which will sterilize and preserve dead bodies. NECROSAN is a complete embalming achievement." Good. Item #6141