Apothecary Bottle


This blown and molded square-shaped bottle has a narrow neck and a flared lip. The baked white enamel shield is framed by stylized blue leaves with red and yellow flowers. A yellow crown sits atop the shield. The alchemical symbols for Spirits, Salt, and Herbs is marked on the label in black. Spirits is the alcohol solution, Salt is ash from a burnt plant, and the herbs steeped in the alcohol to imbue the solution with medicinal properties.

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, Das Deutsche Apotheken-Museum

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

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.0664.0352Accession Number: 1991.0664Catalog Number: M-05502Collector/Donor Number: SAP 213Catalog Number: 1991.0664.0352

Object Name: bottleOther Terms: bottle; Pharmaceutical Container

Physical Description: glass (overall material)paint (overall material)Measurements: overall: 11.5 cm x 5.2 cm x 5.2 cm; 4 1/2 in x 2 1/16 in x 2 1/16 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-ae17-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_993900

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