This blown and molded square–shaped glass bottle has a narrow neck and rounded shoulders. The white baked enamel label is framed by a baroque–style blue and yellow cartouche. The label reads ELIX PPT PARAG in black text, with the first initial of each word in red. The jar would have contained a prepared Paregoric Elixir. This elixir was a mixture of opium that often contained other herbs like benzoin, camphor, or anis. The elixir was a soothing tonic that served as a narcotic and a cough suppressant.

Date Made: 17th-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: 1991.0664.0321Accession Number: 1991.0664Catalog Number: M-05470Collector/Donor Number: SAP 321Catalog Number: 1991.0664.0321

Object Name: bottleOther Terms: bottle; Pharmaceutical Container

Physical Description: glass (overall material)paint (overall material)Measurements: overall: 13 cm x 7 cm x 7.2 cm; 5 1/8 in x 2 3/4 in x 2 27/32 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-6388-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_993828

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