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Oil Expressed from Antidote Seeds, Fevillea cordifolia

Oil Expressed from Antidote Seeds, Fevillea cordifolia

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Description
Glass, narrow necked, bottle with cork stopper and remaining part of paper seal. Paper labels on back and front of bottle. Bottle full of yellow oily solid. Paper label on front of bottle: "Oil / Expressed from / Antidote Seeds / Prepared By / S. T. Scharschmidt / Jamaica." Paper label on back: "JAMAICA COURT /..." (The "Jamaica Court" was an exhibition by the Government of Jamaica at the World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition in New Orleans, 1884–1885.)
From the "Descriptive Catalogue of Plants" in the 1890 Report of the United States Secretary of Agriculture, page 576: "Feuillaea Cordifolia. The sequa or cacoon antidote of Jamaica - It belongs to the cucumber family, and climbs to a great height up the trunks of trees - The seeds are employed as a remedy in a variety of diseases, and are considered an antidote against the effects of poison; they also contain a quantity of semisolid fatty oil, which is liberated by pressing and boiling them in water.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Fevillea Cordifolia
pharmaceutical
date made
ca1884
Place Made
Jamaica: Jamaica
Physical Description
Fevillea cordifolia, antidote caccoon (drug active ingredients)
Measurements
overall: 8 in x 2 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in; 20.32 cm x 6.35 cm x 3.81 cm
ID Number
MG.002655
catalog number
002655
World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition
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National Museum of American History
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