This blown and molded square glass bottle has a flared lip and a circular stopper has a baked enamel cartouche decorates the clear glass container with a white shield framed by blue stylized leaves and yellow ribbon, and capped by a crown. It is marked ESS. SUCC in black text, this bottled would have contained the essence of succinum, or essence of amber. The essence was used as a cathartic, diuretic, and antihysteric.

Date Made: 18th century

Location: Currently not on view

Unspecified: Germany

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: 1991.0664.0178Accession Number: 1991.0664Catalog Number: M-05326bCollector/Donor Number: SAP 35Catalog Number: 1991.0664.0178.011991.0664.0178.02

Object Name: bottleOther Terms: bottle; PHARMACEUTICAL CONTAINER

Physical Description: glass (overall material)paint (overall material)colorless (overall color)white (overall color)blue (overall color)black (overall color)red (overall color)yellow (overall color)blown (overall production method/technique)rococo (overall style)Measurements: overall: 12.3 cm x 5 cm x 4.6 cm; 4 27/32 in x 1 31/32 in x 1 13/16 in


Record Id: nmah_994146

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