Drug Jar

Drug Jar

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Description (Brief)
Drug jars often came with blank shields or cartouches. When the contents of the jars were refilled with different ingredients the apothecary would write the name of the new formula on the medallion.
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 history scholar Wolfgang-Hagen Hein believes those without initials and those marked FH were made in Florsheim in the German state of Hesse just twenty-three miles southwest of Hanau.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Other Terms
jar; Pharmaceutical Container
date made
Date made
1775 - 1799
place made
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 16.3 cm x 9.9 cm; 6 7/16 in x 3 7/8 in
ID Number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 702
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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