Apothecary Jar

Description (Brief)
This blown-glass drug container has a flared lip and an applied foot. It is decorated with a blank white shield framed in blue and yellow with baroque-style scrolls and leaves. A blank shield allowed the apothecary to change the contents of the container and then mark the name of the new medicine on the blank label.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 10.9 cm x 7 cm; 4 5/16 in x 2 3/4 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 257
catalog number
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

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