Apothecary Jar

This blown and molded square-shaped bottle has a narrow neck and flared lip. The baked white enamel shield is framed by stylized blue leaves with red and yellow flowers. A yellow crown sits atop the shield with the letter "B" inscribed on it. The jar’s label also has the alchemical symbol for spirits at the top with two symbols for calx (a metallic oxide powder) and a symbol for radices (roots) below.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 16.3 cm x 7.2 cm x 7.2 cm; 6 7/16 in x 2 13/16 in x 2 13/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 253
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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