Description (Brief)
This blown and molded square shaped glass bottle has a skinny neck and flared lip. The bottle has a baked white enamel label framed in blue and red, and is surrounded by a gold and brown escutcheon with a crown sitting at the top. The label reads “ESS VINCKTOX” in black text, with the first initial of each word in red. This bottle would have contained Essence of Vincetoxicum. Vincetoxicum officinal, or root of swallow wort, was the main ingredient in this essence, and was prescribed as a diuretic, emmenagogue, or diaphoretic.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
overall: 13.5 cm x 7 cm x 7.3 cm; 5 5/16 in x 2 3/4 in x 2 7/8 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 113
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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