This drug jar is marked "SEM: CYDONIOR". "Sem" is one of several abbreviations used to refer to seeds. Cydonia oblonga is also known as quince. A mucilage or gelatinous like substance is extracted from the seeds and sometimes mixed with additional ingredients. Quince was used as a cough suppressant, an ointment for burns and wound inflammation, diarrhea and dysentery.

Pharmaceutical historian George Urdang attributes the 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, pharmaceutical historian Wolfgang-Hagen Hein wrote that he believes the unmarked containers and those marked "FH" were made in Florsheim in the German state of Hesse.

Date Made: 1790-1810Date Made: 1775 - 1799

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Germany

Subject: Pharmacy


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Related Publication: Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

Credit Line: Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.0664.0800Accession Number: 1991.0664Collector/Donor Number: SAP 724Catalog Number: 1991.0664.0800

Object Name: jarOther Terms: jar; Pharmaceutical Container

Physical Description: ceramic (overall material)Measurements: overall: 16.2 cm x 11.2 cm; 6 3/8 in x 4 7/16 in


Record Id: nmah_993733

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