Apothecary Bottle, OL BERGAM

Description
This free blown square bottle with rounded shoulders and lollypop-shaped glass stopper dates from the eighteenth century. The baked enamel label is typical of the Rococo style popular at the time. The oval cartouche is outlined in blue stylized acanthus leaves and pink ribbon the center of the cartouche is marked in black OL BERGAM. Oil of Bergamot was used as a flavoring agent for medicines as well as a tea to settle the stomach. This jar is one of a group of six small containers for oil extracts.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bottle
bottle
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 8.3 cm x 3.8 cm x 3.8 cm; 3 1/4 in x 1 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in
overall: 3 1/8 in x 1 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in; 7.9375 cm x 3.81 cm x 3.81 cm
place made
Germany
ID Number
1991.0664.0415
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05564
collector/donor number
SAP 276
catalog number
1991.0664.0415.01
1991.0664.0415.02
subject
Medicine
Pharmacy
Art
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
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 Squibb Company
Related Publication
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

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