This wooden drug jar and lid has an ivory-colored shield outlined in black. The interior of the shield reads "BORAX". The interior of lid has two pieces of paper glued to it. The white label is obscured by the yellow label which has a hand written inscription in black ink and is marked "Borak..." This jar is part of a set which appears to have been made for the same apothecary. Borax can be used to fight fungal infections, and is an ingredient in many homeopathic remedies. is The Deutsche Apotheken-Museum in Heidelberg, Germany has similar containers in their collection.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
19th century
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 16.3 cm x 7.3 cm; 6 7/16 in x 2 7/8 in
place made
ID Number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 810
catalog number
European Apothecary
Wood Drug Jars
European Apothecary
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Wood Drug Jars
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection
related publication
Estes, J. Worth. Dictionary of Protopharmacology: Therapeutic Practices, 1700-1850

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