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Florentine Bottle

Florentine Bottle

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This is a free-blown green glass container with a long neck, a round squat body and an applied curved spout. Florentine bottles were used for the distillation of flower oils. According to Robert J. Forbes in his book, The Short History of the Art of Distillation, page 260, the term Florentine Bottle goes back no further than the mid-19th century.
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Object Name
date made
17th-18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
overall: 12.8 cm x 11 cm x 8.5 cm; 5 1/32 in x 4 11/32 in x 3 11/32 in
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accession number
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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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