Apothecary Bottle, SP LILLIOR CONV

Description (Brief)
The baked enamel label of this drug jar is marked SP LILLIOR CONV in red and black. LILLIOR CONV or Convallium Lilliorum is the plant Lilly of the Valley. It has been used as a cardiac stimulant similar to digitalis. It was also used for gout, as a diuretic, laxative and antispasmodic. If ingested the plant can be very toxic.
This blown and molded square-shaped bottle was made for the Moor Apothecary in Mainz, Germany in the Rhine River Valley. According to George Urdang, author of The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy Catalogue the initials "CR" within the blue medallion at the bottom of the jar stand for the shop’s owner Casper Ritter. The small black figure to the left of the medallion is a moor, the symbol of the Moor Apothecary.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 19.1 cm x 8.7 cm x 8.6 cm; 7 17/32 in x 3 7/16 in x 3 3/8 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 79
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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