This blown and molded square-shaped drug bottle has a flared lip and rounded shoulders. The baked enamel label is framed by a yellow baroque-style cartouche. The white interior is marked with an upside- down triangle, the alchemical symbol for water, and, VERBASC Verbascum is a flowering plant native to Europe, Asia, and Africa. The leaf was used to make tea to ease coughs and bronchial ailments. Oil from the plant was used to make a topical application for skin irritations.

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, Estes, J. Worth. Dictionary of Protopharmacology: Therapeutic Practices, 1700-1850

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

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.0664.0351Catalog Number: M-05500Accession Number: 1991.0664Collector/Donor Number: SAP 212Catalog Number: 1991.0664.0351

Object Name: bottleOther Terms: bottle; Pharmaceutical Container

Physical Description: glass (overall material)paint (overall material)Measurements: overall: 19.5 cm x 9.6 cm x 9.6 cm; 7 11/16 in x 3 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in


Record Id: nmah_993856

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