This blown and molded square jar has a flared lip. The white oval baked enamel shield is framed by a chain of blue leaves interspersed with four yellow flowers. The container is marked VITR ANTIMON. Antimony Vitrum, or glass of antimony, is very strong emectic on its own and is also used in the preparation of other alchemical compounds.

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, Estes, J. Worth. Dictionary of Protopharmacology: Therapeutic Practices, 1700-1850

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

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.0664.0219Accession Number: 1991.0664Catalog Number: M-05367Collector/Donor Number: SAP 76Catalog Number: 1991.0664.0219

Object Name: jarOther Terms: jar; PHARMACEUTICAL CONTAINER

Physical Description: glass (overall material)paint (overall material)Measurements: overall: 9.7 cm x 5.3 cm x 5.3 cm; 3 13/16 in x 2 1/16 in x 2 1/16 in


Record Id: nmah_994184

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