Glass pharmacy storage bottle

Made:
1864 in Italy
maker:
Unknown

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Science Museum Group Collection
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Glass bottle, painted with the scene of the birth of Saint, from the Santa Maria Nuova Hospital in Florence

Illustrated with an image of a woman giving birth, this bottle originates from the Santa Maria Nuova Hospital in Florence, Italy, a hospital founded in 1288 by a rich benefactor. The hospital was unusual for its time as it was a secular institution. Most hospital care was carried out by religious orders.

The bottle’s contents are protected by a velvet-covered glass stopper and it was bought in Florence by one of Henry Wellcome’s collecting agents, Captain Johnston-Saint, in November 1929.

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Details

Category:
Medical Glass-ware
Object Number:
A77270
Materials:
cord, cork, glass, velvet
type:
bottle
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • vessel
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust

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