Lumbric: Alum: UST

This blown and molded square glass bottle has a narrow neck, a flared lip, and a baked enamel cartouche surrounded by a floral arrangement. The label is marked in black Lumbric Alum UST and the alchemical symbol for Spirits. Lumbricor is dried and pounded earthworms, alum is potassium aluminum sulfate, and ustum is Latin for heated. This jar would have contained a spirits solution of heated alum and earthworms, which was often used as an emetic, astringent, or diuretic.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
: 22.3 cm x 12.7 cm x 7.7 cm; 8 3/4 in x 5 in x 3 1/16 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 285
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Health & 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
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

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