SPIR SAPON

Description
This blown and molded bottle has a baked enamel label framed by a Baroque-style blue and yellow cartouche. The label is marked SPIR SAPON also known as Spiritus Saponatus, or Spirit of Soap. Spirit of Soap was used as a salve for a variety of skin conditions. It was prepared by making soap from olive oil and potassium, then steeping it in alcohol and water.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 12.2 cm x 7.5 cm x 6.8 cm; 4 13/16 in x 2 15/16 in x 2 11/16 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0266
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05415
collector/donor number
SAP 124
catalog number
1991.0664.0266
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
subject
Pharmacy
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Art
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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