EL ACID H

Description
This blown and molded square–shaped bottle has a baked enamel white oval cartouche that is outlined with blue vines, red and yellow flowers, and a three-pointed crown. The cartouche is marked EL ACID H. The jar would have contained Electuarium Acidum, or Acid Electuary. Electuaries were pastes often made into lozenges. This lozenge, made with sorrel and cream of tartar, was used to treat jaundice, a yellow tinge of the skin caused by excess bilirubin in the blood.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bottle and stopper
date made
17th-18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 19 cm x 7.2 cm x 7.2 cm; 7 15/32 in x 2 27/32 in x 2 27/32 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0387
catalog number
M-05536
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 248
catalog number
1991.0664.0387.01
1991.0664.0387.02
subject
Pharmacy
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Art
Health & 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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