This blown and molded glass jar has a baked enamel label surrounded by a gold escutcheon topped by a gold crown. The label is marked with the alchemical symbols for Mercury and Precipitate and RUBR. The jar would have contained red mercuric oxide, which was used as an escharotic, a salve to kill tissue and remove dead skin cells.

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: 1991.0664.0463Catalog Number: M-05612Accession Number: 1991.0664Collector/Donor Number: SAP 324Accession Number: 1991.0664Catalog Number: 1991.0664.0463

Object Name: bottle

Measurements: overall: 8.4 cm x 5 cm; 3 5/16 in x 1 31/32 in


Record Id: nmah_993962

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