This blown and molded bottle is marked ESS PINI, and would have contained the Essence of Pine. Pini would have referred to a variety of different evergreen pine trees whose sap or distilled leaves would have been used as a diuretic, diaphoretic, detergent, or cathartic.

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: 1991.0664.0311Catalog Number: M-05460Accession Number: 1991.0664Collector/Donor Number: SAP 169Catalog Number: 1991.0664.0311

Object Name: bottleOther Terms: bottle; Pharmaceutical Container

Physical Description: glass (overall material)paint (overall material)Measurements: overall: 13.2 cm x 7.1 cm x 6.8 cm; 5 3/16 in x 2 13/16 in x 2 11/16 in


Record Id: nmah_993858

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