The label applied in the cold paint technique is marked in black and red CASTOR Eum. The jar is blown green glass and is covered with paper secured with string. The late historian J. Worth Estes, former professor of pharmacology at Boston University describes Castoreum as a fatty material from the glands lying between the anus and external glands of the Russian beaver. It was used as a nerve tonic, an antiemetic, and an emmenagogue to hasten menstruation. Today Castoreum is still used in perfumes. The jar contains two folded paper packets.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 6.1 cm x 5.6 cm; 2 13/32 in x 2 7/32 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 303
catalog number
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
Estes, J. Worth. Dictionary of Protopharmacology: Therapeutic Practices, 1700-1850

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