Bottle of Purple Lake

Bottle of Purple Lake

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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.
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Physical Description
glass (overall material)
purple (inside color)
overall: 5 cm x 1.5 cm; 1 15/16 in x 9/16 in
overall: 2 1/8 in x 7/8 in; 5.3975 cm x 2.2225 cm
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Gift of Mrs. Willard H. Howell
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National Museum of American History
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