This blown and molded square-shaped glass bottle has a narrow neck and a flared lip. It has a baked white enamel label framed in blue and red, and is surrounded by a gold and brown escutcheon. The label is marked ESS CROCI in black. The first initial of each word is painted red. The bottle would have contained the essence of crocus, obtained by steeping crocus sativus flowers in an alcohol solution. The essence of crocus was used as an aromatic, cordial, narcotic, antihysteric, and emmenagogue.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
overall: 11.7 cm x 6 cm x 6 cm; 4 5/8 in x 2 3/8 in x 2 3/8 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 315
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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