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Apothecary bottle

1750-1780
Origin: England, London (probably)
H: 7 7/8"
Tin-glazed earthenware (delft)
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1981-185,2
Tall cylindrical bottle with strong shoulder and small cylindrical neck. Bluish tin glaze decorated in blue with typical cherub cartouche and inscribed "OX SCILLIT"; a 4 on the bottom.
Label:Oxymel Scilliticum was made from the bulb of a sea onion, which was mixed with clarified honey and vinegar and reduced to a syrupy consistency. Ancient Greek and Roman physicians used oxymel to treat chest ailments.
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):"OX SCILLIT" on face; a 4 on the base.