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Apothecary bottle

1750-1780
Origin: England, London (probably)
H: 7 3/4"
Tin-glazed earthenware (delft)
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1981-185,1
Tall cylindrical bottle with strong shoulder and small cylindrical neck. Bluish tin glaze decorated in blue with typical cherub cartouche and inscribed "S DE RHAMNO"; a 4 on bottom. Base glazed.
Label:Syrupus de Rhamnus was made from buckthorn berries.

Delft drug containers of this bottle form are rare. By the time these were made, glass bottles were replacing earthenware apothecary wares. These bottle-shaped wet jars were designed to complement cylindrical dry jars like CWF accession 1967-145. This particular jar is so similar in color and decoration to that vessel that they must have been made at the same time and may once have been part of the same set. The numeral 4 inscribed on the bottom of both jars is further evidence of such a possibility.
Provenance:Capt. Theodore E. Waterbury
perhaps Mrs. Bessie Morgan (Elizabeth Wetmore Hunter) and the Newport Historical Society
Jonathan Horne Antiques Ltd., London
Mark(s):None
Inscription(s):"S DE RHAMNO" on the face; a 4 on the base.