Apothecary Bottle, Cochlear

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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
17th-18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
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
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 52
catalog number
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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 Squib Company
Related Publication
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

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