COCHLEAR

Description
This blown and molded wide-mouth jar has a white oval baked enamel label that is surrounded by a blue ribbon and topped with a golden crown. The jar is marked COCHLEAR with the alchemical symbol for spirits above. This jar would have contained Spiritus Cochlearia, or Spirits of Cochlearia. Cochlearia, or scurvygrass, would have been steeped in alcohol to create a spirit solution. As the name scurvygrass would imply, the solution was used as an antiscorbutic to combat and prevent scurvy as well as a diuretic and an aperient, a mild laxative.
Location
Currently not on view
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10.3 cm x 7 cm x 6.8 cm; 4 1/16 in x 2 3/4 in x 2 11/16 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0440
catalog number
M-05589
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 301
catalog number
1991.0664.0440
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
subject
Pharmacy
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
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Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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