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This small wide mouthed drug jar has a whitish glaze. The jar is decorated with a painted oval medallion and is surrounded by vines of purple and blue flowers and green leaves. The interior of the medallion is marked, "EXTR TORMENTI.” Extract Tormentilla or Potentilla Tormentilla is a small yellow flowering plant made up of over 500 species found around the globe. It is used as an astringent and tonic for chronic diarrhea, dysentery and to stop the flow of blood.
George Urdang attributes the containers 1991.0664.0760 through 1991.0664.0825 to Hanau in the late 18th century based on the floral design surrounding the medallion and the initials HN on the bottom of many of the jars in the series. However, in a letter dated August 1983, the pharmaceutical history scholar Wolfgang Hagen Hein states that he believes the unmarked containers and those marked FH were made in Florsheim in the German state of Hesse.
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Object Name
Other Terms
jar; Pharmaceutical Container
date made
Date made
1775 - 1799
place made
Physical Description
paint (overall material)
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 9.3 cm x 7.7 cm; 3 21/32 in x 3 1/32 in
overall: 3 3/4 in x 2 7/8 in; 9.525 cm x 7.3025 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 688
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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