This square-shaped blown and molded glass apothecary jar has a baked enamel baroque-style blue and yellow cartouche on its front. It is labeled TART TARTAR in black, with the first letter in each word in red. Tartar, also known as cream of tartar, or potassium bitartrate is a byproduct of the wine making process, crystallizing from the pulp and skins of grapes called must, in the fermenting barrel. Tartar was used as a diuretic and as a cathartic.

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: 1991.0664.0342Catalog Number: M-05491Accession Number: 1991.0664Collector/Donor Number: SAP 203Catalog Number: 1991.0664.0342

Object Name: jarOther Terms: jar; Pharmaceutical Container

Physical Description: glass (overall material)paint (overall material)Measurements: overall: 11.5 cm x 7 cm x 7.4 cm; 4 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in x 2 15/16 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-a12a-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_993930

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