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Object ID 001116

Object Name Sauer's vanilla extract

Object Desc Glass bottle with a paper label, originally containing vanilla extract.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000978

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Spices/Flavorings


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords vanilla extract,Sauer's,baking,flavoring,bottles,

Title Sauer's vanilla extract

Description Small clear glass bottle original containing Sauer's vanilla extract, now empty. It has raised letters on the sides reading "Sauer's Extract". On the label it names the brand, the awards it has won and the recipe. The top original cork is missing


Approx Collection Date

Height 6

Length 0

Width 2

Depth 1

Diameter 0

Circumference 5.5

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details neck of bottle: height: 2 in circumference: 3 in label: height: 3.5 in wifth:1.5 in

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Sauer's

Maker Details In 1884, at age seventeen, Conrad Frederick Sauer began work for a retail and wholesale drug business in Richmond, Virginia. As a drug clerk, he dealt directly with customers who usually brought in their own bottles to be refilled with drugstore products. He soon noticed that flavoring extracts formed a large percentage of this business, because the housewives making the purchases were more assured of purity and strength from the drugstore products. On October 13,1887, his twenty-first birthday, C. F. Sauer founded the company that still bears his name at 17th and Broad Streets in Richmond. It was the first company in the country to provide pure flavoring extracts in five and ten-gram cartoned bottles, to be sold for fifteen and twenty-five cents, respectively. The company grew rapidly, as Mr. Sauer made products that had once cost a king’s ransom available to homemakers for a few pennies. Sauer's Still manufactures vanilla extract among other products to this day.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY978



Date JAN 2,2014

Summary good

Assessor Dulce Ramos

Notes inside of the bottle is dirty, the top cork is missing and lower left corner is curling.


Date JAN 2,2014

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from On Exhibit - automatic entry by admin

Date JAN 2,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit from H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit - automatic entry by admin