This opaque white blown-glass jar has a wide mouth, flared lip, and applied stepped foot. The baked enamel label features a red and blue stylized wreath framing a gold and red shield topped by a gold crown with red accents. The label inside the shield is marked PULV BEZOARD” in black text with the first initial in red. The opaqueness of the glass comes from the addition of tin oxide in an attempt to mimic porcelain.
This bottle would have contained pulverized Bezoards. Bezoars were small stones found in the stomachs of goats and other grazing animals. When the animal ate something that it could not digest, such as wood, straw, hair, grass or herbs, the accumulatiion of these products created a bezoar. Bezoars were used as medication for such ailments as fevers, plagues, and poisonings. Bezoars were eventually substituted for various salts and herbs in a vinegar solution.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 16.3 cm x 10.5 cm; 6 7/16 in x 4 1/8 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 332
catalog number
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & 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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