Oleum ae Serpylli

This blown-glass, urn-shaped drug jar has a long neck and applied foot. The label has been applied using a cold paint technique rather than being baked or fused with high heat. The label consists of a gold oval outlined in red with the text, Oleum ae Serpylli in black. The jar would have contained oil of thyme, which could have been prescribed as an antiseptic or expectorant. Urdang refers to this type of bottle as "noennchen", or "little nuns" in English. This is one of a group of five containers of the same size and shape.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 8.2 cm x 4.2 cm; 3 1/4 in x 1 5/8 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 259?
catalog number
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
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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