ESS CASTOR

Description
This blown and molded square–shaped bottle has a baked enamel label marked ESS CASTOR in black text. The jar would have contained essence of castoreum, a fatty material derived from a beaver gland that was used as a nerve tonic, an antiemetic (to reduce nausea and vomiting), and an emmenagogue (to induce menstruation).
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bottle
date made
17th-18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11.7 cm x 5.3 cm x 5.3 cm; 4 19/32 in x 2 3/32 in x 2 3/32 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0378
catalog number
M-05527
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 239
catalog number
1991.0664.0378
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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