Apothecary Bottle, SPIR: LAVEND

Description
This blown glass bottle is marked SPIR: LAVEND: The opaque white color of the glass comes from the addition of tin oxide and was meant to imitate porcelain. The flowers and leaves of the Lavender plant were used as an aromatic and to eliminate pests. Lavender was used as a medicinal by mixing it with other herbs. It was also used to cure headaches, apoplexy and loss of speech.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bottle
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10 cm x 5.8 cm; 3 15/16 in x 2 5/16 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0478
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05627
collector/donor number
SAP 339
catalog number
1991.0664.0478
subject
Medicine
Pharmacy
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Art
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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