TINCT ALOES

Description
This blown and molded square-shaped apothecary jar has a baked enamel label marked TINCT ALOES. Today aloe is mostly known for the soothing juice extracted from its leaves when applied to burns. Many people keep an aloe plant in their kitchen for such use. It has also been used for insomnia and as a purgative for stomach ailments. (Freeman, p. 19, Drey, p. 184, Estes pgs. 6–7)
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bottle
date made
18th century
Physical Description
paint (overall material)
glass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 13.1 cm x 7 cm x 6.8 cm; 5 3/16 in x 2 3/4 in x 2 11/16 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0248
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05396
collector/donor number
SAP 105
catalog number
1991.0664.0248
subject
Pharmacy
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Art
Health & 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
Estes, J. Worth. Dictionary of Protopharmacology: Therapeutic Practices, 1700-1850
Drey, Rudolf E.A.. Apothecary Jars

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