Phenix Herb Can


Dark olive green-japanned and gilt-banded, vertical rectangular, lidded container with brass label frame and curved pull screwed on at bottom front; "CATARIA" is painted in white inside frame. One-piece, plain-edged, square lid has hinge along at back. Two-piece box has a raised bottom; all four top edges are folded with a wire bead below. Tinned interior. Underside has metallic gold finish and is stamped incuse "PHENIX / HERB CAN / WHITALL TATUM COMPANY / NEW YORK PHILADELPHIA BOSTON / CHICAGO SAN FRANCISCO" in sans serif letters.

For apothecary use; cataria is commonly known as catnip. Maker is Whitall Tatum Company in Millville, NJ; in business, 1806-1938, but operated under this name from 1901 onwards. Whitall Tatum was a glass manufacturer best known for their prescription glassware - bottles, jars and vials made for druggists, chemists and perfumers.

Date Made: after 1901

Maker: Whitall Tatum Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New Jersey, Millville

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Credit Line: Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.251349.0013Catalog Number: 251349.0013Accession Number: 251349

Object Name: container, crude drug

Physical Description: iron (overall material)tin (overall material)paint (exterior decoration material)gold (exterior decoration material)brass (handle; screws material)Measurements: overall: 9 in x 6 1/4 in x 6 15/16 in; 22.86 cm x 15.875 cm x 17.62125 cm


Record Id: nmah_309566

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