This blown and molded square-shaped jar has a wide neck and flared lip. The white baked enamel shield is framed by stylized blue leaves with yellow and red flowers. Above the shield is a yellow crown. The bottleā€™s label bears the alchemical symbol for Powder, the word CREM, and the alchemical symbol for Tartar. This jar would have held powdered cream of tartar (potassium bitartrate) and is a byproduct of the winemaking process, crystallizing from the must (juice, skin, and pulp of grapes) 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: 1991.0664.0372Catalog Number: M-05521Accession Number: 1991.0664Collector/Donor Number: SAP 233Catalog Number: 1991.0664.0372

Object Name: bottleOther Terms: bottle; Pharmaceutical Container; Pharmaceutical Container

Physical Description: glass (overall material)paint (overall material)Measurements: overall: 12.1 cm x 6.4 cm x 6.3 cm; 4 3/4 in x 2 17/32 in x 2 15/32 in


Record Id: nmah_993949

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