Apothecary Bottle, IS

This square-shaped glass bottle has an applied neck and flat circular collar, and the white baked enamel cartouche is framed by yellow stylized leaves, and capped by a crown. The label is marked with the alchemical symbols for spirits, salt and IS. The number "16" has been etched into the shoulder. According to George Urdang author of The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy Catalogue this bottle was manufactured in the last third of the eighteenth century.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
colorless (overall color)
white (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
red (overall color)
black (overall color)
blown (overall production method/technique)
overall: 14.5 cm x 6.5 cm x 6.6 cm; 5 11/16 in x 2 9/16 in x 2 5/8 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 49
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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