Materia Medica Specimen Tins

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A collection of late 19th-century botanical specimen tins distributed by manufacturing chemists Parke, Davis, and Company of Detroit, Michigan.

Once part of a large cased set, these tins contained a variety of “specimens of crude drugs of vegetable origin recognized in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia, and many not so recognized that are in common use – in all 288 specimens (Parke & Davis, n.d.).”

The circular convex glass held within the lid allows for visualization of the contents without opening the container. The tins are garnished with floral designs, the manufacturing plant, and decorative print that says, “Materia Medica Specimen, Parke, Davis & Co., Detroit, Mich. U.S.A.”

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