Drug Jar

Description
Containers with blank labels could be filled with different ingredients depending on the apothecaries needs. When the contents of the jars were replaced, apothecaries would write the appropriate name in the medallion.
Urdang attributes the containers 1991.0664.0760 through 1991.0664.0825 decorated to the town of Hanau in the late 18th century based on the blue and purple floral design surrounding the white medallion and the initials HN on the bottom of many of the jars in the series. However, in a letter dated August 1983, the pharmaceutical history scholar Wolfgang-Hagen Hein believes the unmarked containers and those marked FH were made in Florsheim in the German state of Hesse just twenty-three miles southwest of Hanau.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
1790-1810
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 16.2 cm x 10.2 cm; 6 3/8 in x 4 1/32 in
place made
Germany
ID Number
1991.0664.0771
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05983
collector/donor number
SAP 695
catalog number
1991.0664
subject
Pharmacy
Art
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Related Publication
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

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