PILL, BALASMIC. BE=CHER

Description
In his Dictionary of Protopharmacology: Theraputic Practices 1700-1850, J. Worth Estes describes Balsamic as “A softening, restoring, healing, and cleansing medicine”.
This turned wooden drug jar would have contained Balsamic pills. It has two incised lines at the neck and the base of the container, and the ivory-colored shield outlined in gold and black. There is a piece of paper attached to the interior of the lid with a hand written inscription.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
18th century
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10.3 cm x 7.4 cm; 4 1/16 in x 2 15/16 in
place made
Deutschland
ID Number
1991.0664.0878
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 800
catalog number
1991.0664.0878.01
1991.0664.0878.02
subject
European Apothecary
Wood Drug Jars
Pharmacy
Art
European Apothecary
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Wood Drug Jars
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
cited
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection
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