This blown and molded square-shaped glass bottle has a narrow neck and a flared lip. The baked white enamel label is outlined with a stylized golden wreath and a red bow at the bottom of the label, and a crown. The label is marked SULPH AURAT in black text with the alchemical symbol for antimony at the bottom. This jar would have contained Sulphur Auratum Antimonii, or Golden Sulphur of Antimony. Golden sulphur of antimony consisted of antimonic sulphide, a golden yellow powder. Also known as sulphur antimonii praecipitatum it was used as an emetic.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
overall: 8.5 cm x 4 cm x 3.9 cm; 3 3/8 in x 1 9/16 in x 1 9/16 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 319
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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