Glass bottle, containing 'anti-hysteria water', Florence, Italy, 1850-1920

Made:
1850-1920 in Certosa
Clear glass bottle, containing "anti-hysteria water" made at the Carthusian Monastery, Certosa, near Florence,

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Clear glass bottle, containing "anti-hysteria water" made at the Carthusian Monastery, Certosa, near Florence,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

© The Board of Trustees of the
Science Museum Group

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Science Museum Group

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Science Museum Group

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Clear glass bottle, containing "anti-hysteria water" made at the Carthusian Monastery, Certosa, near Florence, Italian, 1850-1920

‘Anti-hysteria water’ is contained in this moulded glass bottle. It was produced by the pharmacy of the Carthusian Monastery, near Florence in Italy. The water was taken with a cup of coffee with a third of a cup of water and a little sugar. This created ‘an aromatic drink that calms nervous excitation.’ Monasteries often produced such simple remedies and cures for general sale. In the 1800s, hysteria was a broad diagnosis applied to women with ‘nervous’ conditions.

Details

Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A69425
Materials:
glass, stopper, cork and stopper, tin
Measurements:
overall: 139 mm 24 mm, .043 kg
type:
bottle
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • vessel
credit:
Carthusian Monastery