Bottle of Purple Lake


This small cylindrical glass container holds a purple powder and carries a paper label reading "PARDESSUS & CO. / PURPLE LAKE / NEW YORK." Pardessus was a New York firm that sold supplies for making wax flowers. Purple lake was a pigment. This came from the shop of Henry Fitz (1808-1863), America’s first successful commercial telescope maker.

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Willard H. Howell

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.315158.081Accession Number: 215541Catalog Number: 315158.081

Object Name: bottle

Physical Description: glass (overall material)purple (inside color)Measurements: overall: 5 cm x 1.5 cm; 1 15/16 in x 9/16 inoverall: 2 1/8 in x 7/8 in; 5.3975 cm x 2.2225 cm


Record Id: nmah_1350026

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