This blown and molded square-shaped glass bottle has a narrow neck and a flared lip. It has a baked white enamel label encircled by a stylized golden wreath. A red bow is at the bottom of the label, and a crown with a red interior at the top. The label is marked ESS CROC in black text. The bottle would have contained the essence of crocus, obtained by steeping the crocus sativus flowers in an alcohol solution. The essence of crocus was used as an aromatic, cordial, narcotic, antihysteric, and emmenagogue, herbs used to promote the flow of blood.
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Object Name
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
overall: 11.7 cm x 5.6 cm x 5.1 cm; 4 5/8 in x 2 3/16 in x 2 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 320
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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