AMYGD DULC

Description (Brief)
This drug jar is marked "AMYGD DULC", and would have contained Amygdala, the oil from almonds and Dulcamera which refers to Nightshade a narcotic. Both were used as a sedative, antispasmodic and expectorant.
George Urdang author of The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy, attributes containers 1991.0664.0760 through 1991.0664.0825 to Hanau in the late 18th century based on the floral design surrounding the medallion and the initials "HN" on the bottom of many of the jars in the series. However, in a letter to museum curators dated August 1983, pharmaceutical historian Wolfgang-Hagen Hein wrote that the containers without initials and those marked "FH" were made in Florsheim in the German state of Hesse.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
1790-1810
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 16 cm x 10.5 cm; 6 5/16 in x 4 1/8 in
place made
Germany
ID Number
1991.0664.0801
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 725
catalog number
1991.0664.0801
subject
Pharmacy
Medicine
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European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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