Apothecary Bottle

This blown and molded square-shaped bottle has a thin neck, a flared lip and a round stopper. The Roman numeral "VII" is etched into the shoulder. The white baked enamel shield is framed by stylized blue leaves with yellow and red flowers. Above the shield is a yellow crown. The bottle’s label bears the alchemical symbol for Spirits and Sulphur with the letters <>IS in black. This bottle would have held Spirits Sulphuris which was used to treat coughs and mucus expectoration.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
17th-18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 17 cm x 6.8 cm x 6.8 cm; 6 11/16 in x 2 11/16 in x 2 11/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 232
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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