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Hartwig Kantorowicz ceramic liqueur bottle

Object | Accession Number: 1990.79.4

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    Hartwig Kantorowicz ceramic liqueur bottle

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    Brief Narrative
    Ceramic liqueur bottle for Orlow brand cumin cream produced by Hartwig Kantorowicz distillery and liqueur factory in Posen, Germany, between 1880 and 1920. In 1917, following World War I, the town, now called Poznan, became part of the newly reformed Poland. The distillery was founded in 1823 by a Jewish man, Hartwig Kantorowicz, and quickly gained a reputation for creating high quality products. It was a prosperous family business and opened several branches in Hamburg and Berlin. The majority of their products were liqueurs sold in glass bottles produced by Silesian, Saxon, and Czech glass factories. The distillery also sold patent medicines, like tonics and bitters, in bottles they manufactured for their own products as well as several other companies. These products often included high percentages of alcohol and were heavily spiced with strong, supposedly medicinal herbs.
    manufacture:  approximately 1880-1920
    manufacture: Poznan (Poland)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
    front, center, stenciled, black paint: Allasch / “Orlow” / H K / Anno 1823 / Hartwig Kantorowicz / Posen. [Cumin cream / Orlow brand / Hartwig Kantorowicz / Year 1823]
    bottom, center, engraved : 2522 / ½ Lt.
    Manufacturer: Hartwig Kantorowicz

    Physical Details

    Glass containers
    Physical Description
    Cylindrical, glazed offwhite ceramic bottle with a flat base, a narrow neck with a smooth, rounded lip, and a circular, open mouth. At the top back of the shoulder is an attached, round looped handle with an incised line along the edge. On the front center, painted in black, is a simple fish in left profile at the center of an outlined Star of David with the product name and manufacturer’s information painted around it. The bottle is broken and has been repaired with adhesive. There is a partially repaired hole at the top front.
    overall: Height: 7.375 inches (18.733 cm) | Width: 3.000 inches (7.62 cm) | Depth: 3.625 inches (9.208 cm)
    overall : ceramic, paint, ceramic glaze, adhesive

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    Administrative Notes

    The medicine bottle was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1990.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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