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Object ID 002059

Object Name Sterling Brand Powdered Borax

Object Desc A red, white and blue box that contains borax made by the Sterling Borax Co. also known as Thorkildsen-Mather Co.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001588

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Cleaning Products


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 borax,cleaning,Sterling brand,laundry,

Title Sterling Brand Powdered Borax

Description The background color is white. The front of the box states from the top to bottom: "quarter pound. net weight. Sterling Brand. trade mark. Powdered Borax. U.S.P. for Medicinal and Toilet Purposes. Manufactured By: Sterling Borax Co. Thorkilsen-Mather Co. Sole-agents. Chicago, Ill." In the middle of the front there is an image of a English Pound surrounded by a red circle. The sides of the box all say "Sterling Brand Borax." The back of the box says: "Suggestions for the use of Sterling Brand Borax. It then lists off the ways for the Toilet, Nursery, and Medicinal purposes. The bottom lines says "Guaranteed by Thorkildsen-Mather Co., under the Pure Food and Drug Act, June 30, 1908, Serial Number 22320."


Approx Collection Date

Height 3.5

Length 2

Width 1.25

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Sterling Borax Co./Thorkildsen-Mather Co.

Maker Details Thorkildsen-Mather Borax Company was a borax mining company founded in 1898 by Stephen Mather and Thomas Thorkildsen. The two men were both employees of Francis Marion "Borax" Smith's Pacific Coast Borax Company, but they left the company to form this new company and went into direct competition with their former boss. The company was later renamed Sterling Borax. Francis Marion Smith subsequently bought out their company in 1911.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1588



Date APR 30,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes The box is stable, however, it may have seen water damage at one point or has suffered under high humidity because a lot of the red ink on the box is starting to bleed. There is a lot of staining. The white on the box does not look white any more. There is a dent in the front center of the box near the English pound sign. Also, the borax is coming out of the box.


Date MAY 7,2014

Summary Status change

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

Date MAY 7,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit from Room 4, Shelf 3 - automatic entry by admin