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SACCH LACTIS

SACCH LACTIS

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Description
This blown and molded square-shaped bottle has an unusally wide neck, a flared lip, and a large round stopper. The number 32 has been etched into the stopper. The baked white enamel shield is framed by stylized blue leaves with yellow and red flowers. A yellow crown sits atop the shield. The jar is marked with the alchemical symbol for powder. It is also marked SACCH LACTIS in black below it. The jar contained a powdered form of Saccharum Lactis, Latin for sugar milk, or lactose, which was used to dilute other drugs. It was also used as a diuretic and is still used today in homeopathic preparations.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bottle
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 17.3 cm x 6.5 cm x 6.4 cm; 6 13/16 in x 2 9/16 in x 2 1/2 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0360
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 221
catalog number
1991.0664.0360
M-05509
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
subject
Pharmacy
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Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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