Burwell’s  Boston Paragon Lung Protector Vest

Burwell’s Boston Paragon Lung Protector Vest


Burwell's Boston Paragon Lung Protector Vest



Country of manufacture

North America

Categories: Medicine, Quack Medicine


What could be a more apt in the time of Covid19 than a lung protector? G. Burwell was described in an 1883 Boston commercial directory as a “pharmaceutical chemist and agent for the sale of drugs, chemicals,etc.” He advertised his ” Boston Paragon Lung Protector Vest ” in the November 1878 issue of Druggists Circular (see link that follows)and claimed that it was  “the perfect safeguard against coughs, colds and chest affections[sic] ever invented.” The exterior is chamois and the interior is  lined in red flannel. It is in quite good condition for its age noting a few moth holes in the flannel and the fact that the side bands have lost their elasticity. We’ve long had an interest in quackery and this the first example of Burwell’s vest we’ve encountered. 

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M and R Gordon

Michael and Roberta Gordon have been dealing in medical and dental antiques for more than four decades. They have helped build a number of major private collections and have contributed to the holdings of many museums. They also deal in other scientific and technology related items, including calculating instruments, office machines, patent models and wine-related accessories such as corkscrews. ROBERTA GORDON IS A SKILLED RESTORER WHO CAN HELP YOU WITH ANY INSTRUMENTS AND CASES THAT NEED ATTENTION. Feel free to contact them for details at: [email protected] or 718-541-5974