This blown and molded square-shaped glass drug jar has rounded shoulders, and a narrow neck with a flared lip. The enamel label is a white shield outlined in yellow and blue. The yellow crown has yellow flowers surrounded by white dots. George Urdang, historian of pharmacy and cataloguer of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Collection attributes this bottle to the Court Pharmacy of what is today an eastern neighborhood of Dresden, Germany. The bottle is marked TR GUAJAC VOL in black with the first letter of each word in red. this bottle would have contained a tincture of guiac, a tincture made from the resin or wood of the lignum vitae tree. Guiac was used as a diuretic, cathartic, and diaphoretic, and was supposed to be effective in treating syphilis.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
colorless (overall color)
white (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
blue (overall color)
red (overall color)
black (overall color)
blown (overall production method/technique)
overall: 11.5 cm x 6.3 cm x 6 cm; 4 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in x 2 3/8 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 41
European Apothecary
Health & Medicine
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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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