Cons. Sorbe

Description (Brief)
The label at the waist of this drug jar reads Cons. Sorbe. Sorbus is a tree or shrub within the Rose family. Its berries grow in clusters, and can be made into tea, jam, syrup, and fortified wine. The fruit is also used as an astringent, laxative, diuretic and has been used to prevent survey. The abbreviated Latin Cons probably refers to Confefectio, a syrup or Conserva, and is a formula made from herbs and sugar.
George Urdang, co-author of The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy Catalogue attributes this jar to 18th century Savona.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 16.6 cm x 13.5 cm; 6 9/16 in x 5 5/16 in
place made
Italia: Liguria, Savona
ID Number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 521
catalog number
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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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