TINCT MELAMPOD

Description
This square–shaped blown and molded glass bottle has a narrow neck and rounded shoulders. The white oval baked enamel label is marked, TINCT MELAMPOD". The jar would have contained a Tincture of Melampodium. Tinctures were steeped for weeks with a mixture of herbs and alcohol. Melampodium was a flowering plant that was used as a cathartic to aid digestion and as an emmenagogue to encourage menstrual flow. This bottle is illustrated on page 30 of the Squibb Ancient Pharmacy Catalogue.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bottle
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 13.1 cm x 6.6 cm x 6.4 cm; 5 5/32 in x 2 19/32 in x 2 17/32 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0435
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05584
collector/donor number
SAP 296
catalog number
1991.0664.0435
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
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

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