Phenix Herb Can

Phenix Herb Can

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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.
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Object Name
container, crude drug
date made
after 1901
Whitall Tatum Company
place made
United States: New Jersey, Millville
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
gold (exterior decoration material)
brass (handle; screws material)
overall: 9 in x 6 1/4 in x 6 15/16 in; 22.86 cm x 15.875 cm x 17.62125 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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