LIQ TARTAR SOL

Description (Brief)
This square-shaped blown and molded glass apothecary jar is marked LIQ TARTAR SOL in black, with the first letter of each word in red. The apothecary jar would have contained a liquid tartar solution. Tartar, also known as cream of tartar, or potassium bitartrate, is a byproduct of the winemaking process, crystallizing from the pulp and skins of grapes called must, in the fermenting barrel. Tartar was used as a diuretic and as a cathartic.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bottle
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 8.7 cm x 4.7 cm x 4.7 cm; 3 7/16 in x 1 7/8 in x 1 7/8 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0326
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05475
collector/donor number
SAP 184
catalog number
1991.0664.0326.01
1991.0664.0326.02
subject
Pharmacy
Art
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
Related Publication
Estes, J. Worth. Dictionary of Protopharmacology: Therapeutic Practices, 1700-1850
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

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