Drug Jar

Description:

Drug jars often came with blank shields or cartouches. When the contents of the jars were refilled with different ingredients the apothecary wrote the name of the new formula on the medallion.

Pharmaceutical historian George Urdang attributes the containers 1991.0664.0760 through 1991.0664.0825 to the town of Hanau in the late 18th century based on the blue and purple floral design surrounding the white 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 just twenty-three miles southwest of Hanau.

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

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Germany

Subject: Pharmacy

Subject:

See more items in: Medicine and Science: Medicine, European Apothecary, Art

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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: 1991.0664.0812Accession Number: 1991.0664Catalog Number: 1991.0664.0812

Object Name: jarOther Terms: jar; Pharmaceutical Container

Physical Description: ceramic (overall material)Measurements: overall: 15.3 cm x 10.4 cm; 6 1/32 in x 4 3/32 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-9ff7-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_993749

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