Apothecary Bottle, Cochlear

Description
This blown and molded square-shaped glass bottle is marked COCHLEAR. Cochlearia also known as Scurvy-grass was used by sailors to prevent scurvy, a disease which results from a lack of vitamin C. Scurvy can cause anemia and bleeding gums.
The bottle has a round glass stopper. The baked white enamel label is an oval shield framed with stylized yellow leaves and yellow crown. The label is marked in black with the alchemical symbol for spirits. The bottle has been etched with an unknown alchemical symbol just above the crown on the right side, and the Roman numeral XI has been etched into the glass stopper.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bottle
jar
date made
17th-18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 14.4 cm x 5.5 cm x 5.6 cm; 5 11/16 in x 2 3/16 in x 2 3/16 in
overall: 5 3/4 in x 2 in x 2 1/8 in; 14.605 cm x 5.08 cm x 5.3975 cm
place made
Germany
ID Number
1991.0664.0195
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05343
collector/donor number
SAP 52
catalog number
1991.0664.0195.01
1991.0664.0195.02
subject
Medicine
Art
Pharmacy
European Apothecary
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bristol-Myers Squib Company
Related Publication
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

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