This blown and molded bottle has a Baroque-style blue and yellow cartouche with red and black lettering. The baked enamel label reads SPIR LAVEND. The flowers and leaves of the Lavender plant were used as an aromatic and to eliminate pests. Lavender was used to cure headaches, apoplexy and loss of speech.
The European Apothecary collection contains dozens of drug jars with this same embellishment. The generic blue and yellow decoration with its stylized crown above the cartouche is similar to glass drug jars in the collection of the Deutsche Apotheken-Museum in Heidelberg.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
paint (overall material)
glass (overall material)
overall: 13.5 cm x 7.2 cm x 7.2 cm; 5 5/16 in x 2 13/16 in x 2 13/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 118
catalog number
European Apothecary
Health & Medicine
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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
Margaret B. Freeman. Herbs for the Mediaeval Household

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