This wide–mouth blown glass jar has an applied foot. The jar is decorated with a white oval cartouche capped with a three-pointed crown. The baked enamel label is marked with the alchemical symbols for powder and salt and POLYCHR. Sal polychrestum is known as the salt of many virtues. A compound of tartrate and potash, it was used as a plaster to treat coughs and lung diseases. The remedy was developed by Christopher Glaser (about 1615–1676) a Swiss apothecary to the court of Louis XIV.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 9.8 cm x 6.3 cm; 3 27/32 in x 2 15/32 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 330
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

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