OL PETERA

Description
This blown and molded square-shaped bottle has an applied neck and flared collar. The clear glass is decorated with a white baked enamel cartouche on a blue background, framed by a yellow C scroll design and capped by a crown. George Urdang, author of The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy Catalogue attributes this bottle to the Court Pharmacy of Pillnitz. It is marked in red and black OL PETERA. The bottle would have contained Oleum Petera, or Peter’s Oil. Petra is Latin for rock, so this is rock oil, commonly known as petroleum. Petroleum was used as an antispasmodic, a liniment, and an expectorant.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
18th century
unspecified
Germany
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
colorless (overall color)
white (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
blue (overall color)
red (overall color)
black (overall color)
blown (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 11.5 cm x 2.6 cm x 2.8 cm; 4 1/2 in x 1 in x 1 1/8 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0187
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05335
1991.0664.0187
collector/donor number
SAP 44
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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