Franchise, apothecary

Description:

A franchise is a legal document issued by a government or a sovereign granting the right to carry out commercial activities. In Germany franchises were granted to individuals for the privilege of purchasing or inheriting an apothecary, or the exclusive rights to sell a medicinal product within a city or town.

This hand-tooled leather bound document was issued and signed by Pope Leo XII, in 1824 permitting the establishment of a new pharmacy by "Dominus" Paulus Ruga in Rome. The interior of the binding has brown and yellow marbled paper. The pages are hand colored with gold, black, and red ink. Attached to the document by a red and gold cord is a red wax seal housed in a silver-colored oval box with a lid.

Date Made: ca 1824

Subject: Pharmacy

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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: 1991.0664.0080Accession Number: 1991.0664Collector/Donor Number: SAP 831Catalog Number: 1991.0664.0080

Object Name: franchise

Physical Description: leather (overall material)ink (overall material)metal (overall material)wax (overall material)paper (overall material)Measurements: overall, closed: 24.5 cm x 8.3 cm x .5 cm; 9 21/32 in x 3 9/32 in x 3/16 incase for seal: 1.8 cm x 8.6 cm x 6.6 cm; 23/32 in x 3 3/8 in x 2 19/32 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-107f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_994044

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