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Object ID 001132

Object Name Skunk Oil

Object Desc Brown glass bottle with no cork and label that states it is skunk oil made by F. Dohmen Co. of Milwaukee.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000994

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Medical


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Bay View Pharmacy

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords skunk oil,F. Dohmen Co.,medicine,bottles,

Title Skunk Oil

Description This is a brown glass bottle that used to contain skunk oil. There is no cork. There is a small label that states that is it for skunk oil. In the bottom right hand side of the label, it says that it was made in Milwaukee. On the bottom left hand side it has the company who made it. It was made by F. Dohmen Co. There is also some hand written words on the label. On the left side just above the company name it states HEF. On the right hand side above Milwaukee it says 20-1oz 35- 2oz 60- 4oz. The orginial contents were in the bottle before being removed to better preserve the bottle.


Approx Collection Date

Height 7.75

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 3

Circumference 10.25

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details The neck's circumference is about 3.5 inches. The diameter of the opening of the bottle is 1.25 inches

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker F. Dohmen Co.

Maker Details In 1858, Friedrich W. Dohmen opens a wholesale drugstore in Milwaukee. His six years of German pharmaceutical training set him apart in the largely unregulated U.S. field, where incompetence and quack remedies are the norm. By the mid-1930s, nearly every customer had fallen into debt or bankruptcy. Despite decades of careful financial planning, Dohmen was now struggling. Concern for the company and for one another drew the employees closer together. Soon they crafted a plan. To avoid layoffs, each employee volunteered a week of unpaid vacation time. In two years the company was back on track. Grateful for such devotion, Dohmen not only reimbursed each employee for that week but gave retroactive raises to all.Today Dohmen remains committed to diversifying and evolving its business while staying true to its founding vision: To improve the well-being of our communities by creating a more efficient, affordable and accessible healthcare supply system.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY994



Date JAN 6,2014

Summary Very Good

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes Label has edgewear and some staining. Also, missing the cork.