Phenix Herb Can

Description
Dark olive green-japanned and gilt-banded, vertical rectangular, lidded container with brass label frame and curved pull screwed on at bottom front; "CATARIA" is painted in white 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 TATUM COMPANY / NEW YORK PHILADELPHIA BOSTON / CHICAGO SAN FRANCISCO" in sans serif letters.
For apothecary use; cataria is commonly known as catnip. 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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
container, crude drug
date made
after 1901
maker
Whitall Tatum Company
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
gold (exterior decoration material)
brass (handle; screws material)
Measurements
overall: 9 in x 6 1/4 in x 6 15/16 in; 22.86 cm x 15.875 cm x 17.62125 cm
place made
United States: New Jersey, Millville
ID Number
DL*251349.0013
catalog number
251349.0013
accession number
251349
subject
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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