Description (Brief)
This bottle with its rounded belly, long neck, and round foot was used to store Oil of Lavender. The baked enamel decoration is similar to containers 1991.0664.0223 and 224. The label within the rounded cartouche reads OL LAVEND, and is painted in black. The perimeter of the cartouche is embellished with a red crown at the top above a wheel and sword. Directly below is a blue medallion with the initials “CR” for the shop Casper Ritter. The small black figure to the left of the blue medallion is a Moor, the symbol of the Moor Apothecary. Stylized acanthus leaves are painted yellow and white with red and blue flowers. The Deutches Apotheken Museum in Heidelberg, Germany, also has containers from the Moor Apothecary in Mainz.
The flowers and leaves of the Lavender plant were used as an aromatic to keep clothes and linens smelling sweet and to keep insects away. It was also used for headache when combined with other herbs. (Freeman, p. 39–40)
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 4 1/4 in x 2 1/8 in; 10.795 cm x 5.3975 cm
overall: 10.5 cm x 5.5 cm; 4 1/8 in x 2 3/16 in
place made
Deutschland: Rheinland-Pfalz, Mainz
ID Number
collector/donor number
SAP 81
accession number
catalog number
European Apothecary
Health & Medicine
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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
Related Publication
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

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