TR GUAIC VOLi

Description
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 Phillnitz.in 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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bottle
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)
Measurements
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
unspecified
Germany
ID Number
1991.0664.0184
catalog number
M-05332
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
1991.0664.0184
collector/donor number
SAP 41
subject
Pharmacy
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Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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