Description (Brief)
This syrup jar has a straight spout and a strap handle. The manganese-colored gothic label reads Ol Rosa Sempl, and could refer to Oil of Roses. A second label applied in the cold paint technique reads Ol Laurin. Also known as Laurel ointment and oil of bay-laurel berries. Laurel berries are native to the Mediterranean region and were used for arthritis, various skin conditions, colic, flatulence and hysteria. The mouth and spout of the jar are closed, possibly with cork, and covered with a black sticky substance. The metal lid is not original to the jar.
Currently not on view
Object Name
syrup jar
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 21.3 cm x 15 cm x 18.5 cm; 8 3/8 in x 5 7/8 in x 7 5/16 in
ID Number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 536
catalog number
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
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection
Estes, J. Worth. Dictionary of Protopharmacology: Therapeutic Practices, 1700-1850
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