CORTEX QUERCUS

Description
This drug jar is marked CORTEX QUERCUS. Cortex Quercus is the bark from the North American White Oak. It can be made into a astringent, tonic and used as an antiseptic.
Pharmaceutical historian George Urdang 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 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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
1790-1810
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 16.1 cm x 10.6 cm; 6 5/16 in x 4 3/16 in
place made
Germany
ID Number
1991.0664.0820
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 744
catalog number
1991.0664.0820
subject
Pharmacy
Art
European Apothecary
See more items in
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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