BALS VITAE HOFFM

Description
This blown and molded bottle has a baked enamel which reads BALS VITAE HOFFM. The bottle would have contained Hoffman’s Balsam of Life, a tincture from the balsam of Peru (myroxylon pereirae) and other aromatics synthesized by the German physician Friedrich Hoffman during the 18th century. The Balsam of Life would have been used as a liniment for treating wounds.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bottle
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 12.8 cm x 7 cm x 7.1 cm; 5 1/16 in x 2 3/4 in x 2 13/16 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0273
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05422
collector/donor number
SAP 131
catalog number
1991.0664.0273
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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