SPONG UST

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 SPONG UST with the alchemical symbol PPT. The jar would have contained Prepared Spongia Ustum, or burnt sponge. Burnt and powdered sponge was often used in blended concoctions to treat coughs or to combat scurvy.
Location
Currently not on view
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10.7 cm x 7.1 cm; 4 7/32 in x 2 25/32 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0439
catalog number
M-05588
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 300
catalog number
1991.0664.0439
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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