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Object ID 001138

Object Name Quinine Sulphate can

Object Desc Cream colored tin can with cover and six sides made by the Powers and Weightman; Merck and Co., Inc.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001000a-b

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 medicine,Quinine Sulphate,Merck & Company,Powers & Weightman,tins,drug stores,pharmacy,

Title Quinine Sulphate can

Description This is a cream colored tin can made by Powers and Weightman and Merck and Co., Inc. The can does not contain anything. It has six sides. The top and bottom are blank. On the front and back of the can there is a label. This label has a picture of a old time factory with a train in the front. In big letters the label says that its 5 oz of Quinine Sulphate U.S.P. by Powers and Weightman Manufacturing Chemists. in Philadelphia the makers. This is all in black lettering. On the left and right sides of the can there is another label stating the merck and Co., Inc logo in New York and the word successors below it all. Each label is surrounded by a thin and think black border.


Approx Collection Date

Height 5.5

Length 3.5

Width 3.5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details The cover is 3.5 x 3.5 x .5 inches.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Powers & Weightman; Mereck & Company

Maker Details Can made by Powers and WeightmanWeightman was born on September 30, 1813 in Waltham, Lincolnshire, England and came to the United States at the age of 16 in 1829.[1] He came to the US at the suggestion of his uncle, chemist John Farr, founder of the firm of Farr and Kunzi, the first manufacturers of sulfate of quinine in the United States. Responsible for introducing quinine to the United States, Weightman amassed a large fortune through shrewd investments, derived from his manufacturing enterprise. By 1905 The plant and assets of Powers & Weightman are taken over by Rosengarten & Sons, and the name of the corporation is changed to Powers-Weightman-Rosengarten Company. By 1927 Merck & Co. merges with Powers-Weightman-Rosengarten. Merck and Co., Inc. still exists today.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1000a-b



Date JAN 7,2014

Summary Excellent

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes Apart from some edgewear and some staining, this tin can is in great shape.


Date JAN 7,2014

Summary Status change

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

Date JAN 7,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Bay View Pharmacy from Room 2 - automatic entry by admin