CORNU CERVI TORNAT

Description
This drug jar is marked CORNU CERVI TORNAT. The Dictionary of Photopharmacology by J. Worth Estes lists CORNU CERVI as a calcium phosphate derived from stag horns. It was used for a variety of ailments including as a sedative, antispasmodic and antacid.
Pharmaceutical historian George Urdang author of The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy Catalogue attributes 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 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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
1790-1810
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 16 cm x 10.8 cm; 6 5/16 in x 4 1/4 in
place made
Germany
ID Number
1991.0664.0803
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 727
catalog number
1991.0664.0803
subject
Pharmacy
Medicine
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European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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