Apothecary Jar, SAL VOL:LUM BRIC

The baked enamel label inside the round cartouche is marked SAL: VOL: LUM BRIC, which translates to Sal Volatile Lumbricrum or Volatile Salt of Earthworms.
This blown and molded square-shaped bottle was made for the Moor Apthecary in Mainz, Germany in the Rhine River Valley. The round white painted wooden lid has a rounded finial. The first letter of each word is red and the remaining letters are painted black. The cartouche is embellished with stylized acanthus leaves painted yellow and white. There is a red crown at the top above a wheel and sword. According to George Urdang, author of The Squibb ancient Pharmacy Catalogue the initials "CR" within the blue medallion at the bottom of the jar stand for the shop’s owner Casper Ritter. The small black figure to the left of the medallion is a moor, the symbol of the Moor Apothecary. The Deutches-Apotheken Museum in Heidelberg, Germany has containers from the Moor Apothecary in Mainz.
Currently not on view
date made
18th century
about 1750
place made
Deutschland: Rheinland-Pfalz, Mainz
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 11 cm x 6 cm x 5.8 cm; 4 5/16 in x 2 3/8 in x 2 5/16 in
overall: 4 1/4 in x 2 1/4 in x 2 3/8 in; 10.795 cm x 5.715 cm x 6.0325 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 80
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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