Phenix Herb Can

Dark olive green-japanned and gilt-banded, vertical rectangular, lidded container with brass label frame and curved pull screwed on at bottom front; "116" is painted in gold inside frame. One-piece, plain-edged, square lid has hinge along at back. Two-piece box has a raised bottom; all four top edges are folded with a wire bead below. Tinned interior. Underside has metallic gold finish and is stamped incuse "PHENIX / HERB CAN / WHITALL TA[TUM] COMPANY / NEW YORK PHILADELPHIA BOSTON / CHICAGO SAN FRANCISCO" in sans serif letters.
For apothecary use. Maker is Whitall Tatum Company in Millville, NJ; in business, 1806-1938, but operated under this name from 1901 onwards. Whitall Tatum was a glass manufacturer best known for their prescription glassware - bottles, jars and vials made for druggists, chemists and perfumers.
Currently not on view
Object Name
container, crude drug
can, herb
date made
after 1901
Whitall Tatum Company
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
gold (exterior decoration material)
brass (handle; screws material)
overall: 6 15/16 in x 5 1/16 in x 5 3/4 in; 17.62125 cm x 12.85875 cm x 14.605 cm
place made
United States: New Jersey, Millville
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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