This baked enamel label is marked with the alchemical symbol for spirits and the text AURANT in black underneath. The Roman numeral "VII" is etched into the shoulder. Aurantium is Latin for orange, so this jar would have contained orange rinds steeped in an alcohol solution. This solution was used as a tonic or an antiscorbutic (to prevent scurvy).

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: 1991.0664.0376Catalog Number: M-05525Accession Number: 1991.0664Collector/Donor Number: SAP 237Catalog Number: 1991.0664.0376

Object Name: bottleOther Terms: bottle; Pharmaceutical Container

Physical Description: glass (overall material)paint (overall material)Measurements: overall: 10.9 cm x 4.7 cm x 5 cm; 4 9/32 in x 1 27/32 in x 1 31/32 in


Record Id: nmah_993854

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