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Apothecary Bottle

Apothecary Bottle

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Description
This blown and molded square-shaped bottle has a narrow neck and a flared lip. The baked white enamel shield is framed by stylized blue leaves with red and yellow flowers. A yellow crown sits atop the shield. The alchemical symbols for Spirits, Salt, and Herbs is marked on the label in black. Spirits is the alcohol solution, Salt is ash from a burnt plant, and the herbs steeped in the alcohol to imbue the solution with medicinal properties.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bottle
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11.5 cm x 5.2 cm x 5.2 cm; 4 1/2 in x 2 1/16 in x 2 1/16 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0352
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05502
collector/donor number
SAP 213
catalog number
1991.0664.0352
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
subject
Pharmacy
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Art
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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