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Object ID 002579

Object Name Merck Potassium Iodide

Object Desc Wooden box for Potassium Iodide from Merck.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002289a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Medical


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Dr. Joseph Eisenberg Exhibit

Object Date

Start Year Range 1891

End Year Range 1940

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Merck & Co.,Chemicals,medicine,Potassium Iodide,

Title Merck Potassium Iodide

Description Wooden box with sliding top cover. Used to contain granulated potassium iodide, which is a salt with a variety of uses, such as creating an iodide solution in a medical setting. Front and top labels are pasted on.


Approx Collection Date

Height 3

Length 4

Width 3

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Merck & Co.

Maker Details Merck & Co. traces its origins to Jacob Friedrich Merck, who purchased a drug store in Darmstadt, Germany, in 1668, and also to Emanuel Merck, who took over the store several generations later in 1816. Emanuel and his successors gradually built up a chemical-pharmaceutical factory that produced raw materials for pharmaceutical and other preparations. In 1891, George Merck emigrated to the United States and set up Merck & Co. in New York as the US arm of the family partnership, E. Merck (named for Emanuel Merck), which is now Merck KGaA. In keeping with a national wartime policy, Merck & Co. was confiscated in 1917 and re-established as an independent American company. Until the end of World War II, the company was led by George W. Merck. Merck & Co. hold the rights to the name in North America, while its former parent company retains the rights in the rest of the world.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2289a-b



Date JUN 25,2014

Summary Poor

Assessor Ben Locke

Notes The box is very worn, and has edgewear and small chips throughout. Labels still legible but are peeling away and slightly faded.


Date JUN 25,2014

Summary Status change

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

Date JUN 25,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Dr. Joseph Eisenberg Exhibit from Room 4, Shelf 2 - automatic entry by admin