Syr d Polipod. romy

Syr d Polipod. romy

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Description (Brief)
This syrup jar has a straight spout, an applied strap handle and a circular foot. It is decorated with two bands of light blue leaves and vines at the upper and lower shoulders. It has two labels; one is gothic script across the center of the jar, the second has been applied in the cold painting technique at the back of the jar below the handle, indicating that the jar was used for more than one medicinal. The first label is marked Syr. D Polipod. Estes notes that root of polypod fern purges melancholy humors, and is also an astringent. The second label reads Syr. Violar or Violet Syrup. It was a gentle cathartic suitable for children.
Polypod appears in the 1678 A Complete Treatise of Preternatural Tumours by John Brown. Interestingly it is also mentioned in Proceedings of the American Pharmaceutical Associationheld in Kansas City, Missouri in 1881.
Currently not on view
Object Name
syrup jar
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 8 7/8 in x 7 5/8 in x 6 in; 22.5425 cm x 19.3675 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 533
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
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European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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