Syr. Alche re Mes

Description (Brief)
George Urdang author of The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy Catalogue attributes 1991.0664.0681 through 1991.0664.0705 to Niderwiller, a town near Strasbourg in the Alsace region of France. This baluster-shaped drug jar has a scallop edged foot and a flat round lid. It has a white-glaze background with two continuous rings of blue, orange and yellow stylized flowers. The lid has an applied handle shaped like a berry with a slim green stem and single leaf.
Syr. Alche re Mes or Alkermes is a medicinal preparation made with many ingredients including the insect Kermes. Kermes gives the syrup a rich red color. The syrup of was used for heart palpitations and as a general restorative.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
syrup jar
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 21 cm x 13.5 cm x 18.5 cm; 8 1/4 in x 5 5/16 in x 7 5/16 in
place made
France
ID Number
1991.0664.0695
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
1991.0664.0695.01
1991.0664.0695.02
collector/donor number
SAP 619
subject
Pharmacy
Art
Medicine
European Apothecary
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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 Squibb Company
Related Publication
Boger, Louise Ade. The Dictionary of World Pottery and Porcelain
Drey, Rudolf E.A.. Apothecary Jars
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection
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