ESS SERPENT

Description (Brief)
This free-blown glass container has a narrow neck and a flared lip. The baked white enamel circular shield is flanked by green leaves. At the top of the shield is a red crown with a yellow orb. Below the oval shield is the coat of arms for the Duchy of Saxony Marseburg and the house of Marseburg. Due to a crack that bisects directly through the left pendant the coat of arms is somewhat obscured. The shield is marked in red and black ESS/ SERPENT.
In the Squibb Ancient Pharmacy Catalogue, George Urdang notes that this jar was made prior to 1738, as the dukes of Saxony no longer resided in Marsebreg after that date.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
before 1738
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 15.5 cm x 8.5 cm; 6 1/8 in x 3 3/8 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0226
catalog number
M--05374
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 83
catalog number
1991.0664.0226
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
subject
Pharmacy
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
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European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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