Oleum ae Valerian


This blown glass urn-shaped drug jar has a long neck and applied foot. The neck in this object has broken. The label has been applied using a cold Paint technique rather than being baked or fused with high heat. The label is a gold oval outlined in red with the text Oleum ae Valerian in black. The jar would have contained oil of valerian, prepared from valerian root. Oil of valerian was sometimes used as a mild sedative and as an anticonvulsant for epilepsy.

Date Made: 18th century

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Pharmacy

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Related Publication: Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

Credit Line: Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.0664.0401Accession Number: 1991.0664Catalog Number: M-05550Collector/Donor Number: SAP 292Catalog Number: 1991.0664.0401

Object Name: bottleOther Terms: bottle; Pharmaceutical Container

Physical Description: glass (overall material)paint (overall material)Measurements: overall: 6.8 cm x 4 cm; 2 11/16 in x 1 9/16 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-46ea-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_993803

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