- This drug jar is marked BOLUS ALBUS. Bolus is a sticky clay-like substance which can be shaped into a pill. In Healing Earths: A History of Minerals in Medicine, W. Rudolph Reinbacher refers to Bolus Albus as a German pharmaceutical term.
- George Urdang, author of The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy Catalogue attributes 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 to museum curators dated August 1983, the pharmaceutical historian Wolfgang-Hagen Hein wrote that the containers without initials and those marked FH were made in Florsheim in the German state of Hesse.
- 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: 16.2 cm x 10.7 cm; 6 3/8 in x 4 3/16 in
- ID Number
- accession number
- catalog number
- Credit Line
- Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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