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Apothecary Bottle

Apothecary Bottle

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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.
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Object Name
Other Terms
bottle; Pharmaceutical Container
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
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
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 213
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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