Apothecary Bottle

Description
This blown and molded square-shaped bottle has a narrow neck and a flared lip. The white baked enamel shield is framed by stylized blue leaves with yellow and red flowers. A yellow crown sits atop the shield. The jar is labeled with the alchemical symbol for Spirit, Tartar, and the letters RI in black. Tartar, also known as cream of tartar, or potassium bitartrate is a by product of the winemaking process, crystallizing from the must (juice, pulp, and skin of grapes) in the fermenting barrel. Tartar was used as a diuretic and as a cathartic.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bottle
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 14.2 cm x 7 cm x 6.5 cm; 5 9/16 in x 2 3/4 in x 2 9/16 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0365
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05514
collector/donor number
SAP 226
catalog number
1991.0664.0365
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 Collection
Related Publication
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

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