Hemp Seed Specie Jar

For tens of thousands of years, hemp seed has been in continuous use in the form of a protein, oil and a mineral rich food source. The seeds were also used medicinally for a range of prescriptions, laxatives, corn plasters and dyes. Dried herbs were our earliest medications. The word "drug" derives from the Dutch word meaning "dried," as does the word "drought." Species, or teas, were the terms used for the semi-processed mixtures, either powdered or chopped, of crude drugs that were prepared for a wide range of infusions, teas and tinctures. The wide-mouth containers, which were in use for over two centuries, were known as species jars. This American made jar is representative of the strong glass produced on the East Coast of the U.S. in the mid-1700s to the mid-1800s. The green cast color is from the iron oxide present in the sand used to make the glass. Green glass was the least expensive and most widely used glass for centuries. The Romans made small green glass medicine vials that date to at least 200 BCE. Older formulations generally used less purified sources of sand with higher iron content than modern glassmaking sands, which is one of the reasons most ancient glass is green. This specie jar was mouth blown into a one-piece mold, designed to accept a friction-fitting metal lid, usually of japanned or varnished tin. Glass and copper were also used. The two-piece soldered lid is intended more to keep vermin out than to keep freshness in. This design for a specie jar was popular for more than a century. At 4 1/2" tall, this is one of the smallest made. Generally, the sizes ranged up to 12" or more. In the eighteenth century, glass objects were hand-made and precious. Small jars like this sat on display on the counter so customers could see the quality of any product before purchase. Orders would be filled from a container behind the counter, usually not from the display jar. The label, a simple gold leaf banner with a red, painted underline, is an elegant script finely painted with asphaltum, a durable paint made of petroleum tar and a thinning agent. The irregular bottom of the bottle has a jagged pontil scar, a mark left when the glass-tipped solid metal bar, attached to the bottom of the bottle, is broken free of the bottle during the glassmaking process.

Image at left is available in any one of the product types listed below. Images are faithfully reproduced at high resolution without watermarks.


12 x 18 Chroma print

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The smooth satin finish recalls the porcelain signs of the early twentieth century. Light and durable, the fade resistant images should last for generations. They are an excellent choice for high traffic, public areas. Easy to maintain, they can be wiped clean with a damp cloth and a hidden back support and attached wire, make hanging simple. With no need for mats or glazing, the sturdy metal seems to float an inch off the wall. These aluminum prints are available in 12” x 18” and 20” x 30” inch formats.

Unit Price: $137.50

20 x 30 Chroma print

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The smooth satin finish recalls the porcelain signs of the early twentieth century. Light and durable, the fade resistant images should last for generations. They are an excellent choice for high traffic, public areas. Easy to maintain, they can be wiped clean with a damp cloth and a hidden back support and attached wire, make hanging simple. With no need for mats or glazing, the sturdy metal seems to float an inch off the wall. These aluminum prints are available in 12” x 18” and 20” x 30” inch formats.

Unit Price: $279.50

12 x 18 Fine Art Print Only

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Our fine art digital prints are produced to museum quality specifications. All printing is done on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag cotton fiber paper.

Unit Price: $49.50

Framed Print - 12 x 18 image in a 16 x 22 maple finish frame

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Our hand finished picture frames are available in two natural hardwoods, ½” wide and 1 ⅜” tall. The frames are certified as sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council. FSC certification ensures that wood products come from well managed and harvested forests that provide lasting environmental, social and economic benefits. The American natural maple contemporary profile has minimal but durable finish that allows the wood's natural beauty to show through.

Unit Price: $219.50

Framed Print - 12 x 18 image in a 16 x 22 dark brown finish frame

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Our hand finished picture frames are available in two natural hardwoods, ½” wide and 1 ⅜” tall. The frames are certified as sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council. FSC certification ensures that wood products come from well managed and harvested forests that provide lasting environmental, social and economic benefits. A richly finished burnt brown hardwood moulding that marries old world charm with modern elegance. The moulding finish is inspired by the medieval town of Cognac in France and is the definition of refinement and design complementing any environment.

Unit Price: $219.50

12 x 18 Art Block - Natural

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Art Blocks are produced from the same high resolution image as our other prints, but mounted to a durable substrate. The optically clear surface lamination means no glass or acrylic to be concerned with. The FSC oak picture frame holds the image two inches off the wall for a dramatic presentation. The small (8” x 12”) or large (12” x 18”) images are excellent for group assemblies, and are favorites for museum visitors. The Art Block offers an affordable modern look with a choice of two sizes.

Unit Price: $105.50

8 x 12 Art Block - Natural

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Art Blocks are produced from the same high resolution image as our other prints, but mounted to a durable substrate. The optically clear surface lamination means no glass or acrylic to be concerned with. The FSC oak picture frame holds the image two inches off the wall for a dramatic presentation. The small (8” x 12”) or large (12”x16”) images are excellent for group assemblies, and are favorites for museum visitors. The Art Block offers an affordable modern look with a choice of two sizes.

Unit Price: $85.50