Beef Extract Pot


‘Extractum Carnis “Liebig” – One Pound of this Extract contains thirty Pounds of Beef without fat Bone or tendon. To add to boiling water. C. Van Abbot, original importer, Cavendish Square, London, 2 ounces’.

A small white ceramic pot containing imported German beef extract. This competed with home-made beef tea before the arrival of Bovril (in 1888), which soon afterwards dominated the market of meat extracts. The Latin name ‘Extractum Carnis’ (‘extract of flesh’) gave the impression of a scientific remedy. It was thought to build strength and muscle.

Found in an ash dump of the 1870s near Leicester.


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April 24, 2016

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