LAPIS CALAMIN

Description (Brief)
This jar is marked "LAPIS CALAMIN". Lapis and calamin or stone calaminia is made into a lotion of stone and zinc carbonate for the relief of itchy skin.
George Urdang author of The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy Catalogue attributes the containers 1991.0664.0760 through 1991.0664.0825 to Hanau in the late 18th century based on the floral design surrounding the medallion and the initials "HN" on the bottom of many of the jars in the series. However, in a letter to museum curators dated August 1983, the pharmaceutical historian Wolfgang-Hagen Hein wrote that the containers without initials and those marked "FH" were made in Florsheim in the German state of Hesse twenty-three miles southwest of Hanau.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1790-1810
place made
Germany
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 16.1 cm x 11 cm; 6 5/16 in x 4 5/16 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0789
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 713
catalog number
1991.0664.0789
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
subject
Pharmacy
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
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European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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