TINCT BENZOES

Description
This blown and molded square–shaped glass bottle has a narrow neck and rounded shoulders. The bottle has a baked enamel label framed by a baroque–style blue and yellow cartouche. The label is marked TINCT BENZOES, and would have contained a tincture of benzoin (also known as Friar’s Balsam or Jesuit Drops) which was made from benzoin resin, and aloe steeped in alcohol for weeks. The tincture was used as an external liniment for sores or wounds or ingested as an intestinal tonic.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bottle
date made
17th-18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 12.8 cm x 7.2 cm x 6.8 cm; 5 1/32 in x 2 27/32 in x 2 11/16 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0318
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05467
collector/donor number
SAP 176
catalog number
1991.0664.0318
subject
Pharmacy
Art
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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