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Early Apothecary Carboy

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Just arrived, a rare and very early large apothecary bottle, directly from an important private collection.
The base displays a rough, broken pontil indicating that this bottle is an early hand blown one.
The bottle is offered in good condition without damage but obvious signs of previous use, we have preferred to leave it as found as opposed to 'cleaning' it.
The glass is fine and not heavy as with some, it is amazing that it has survived from what we would estimate as being early 19th century.
The glass has various flaws, bubbles & impurities associated with early blown glass.
There is a lot of residue from the previous contents and some discolouration within.
Please observe that the inner part of the stopper is broken however, fortunately the visible part is fine.
We are also listing a fine 'pair' of carboys, please see our other items.
The word carboy is from the Persian qarābah (قرابه), from Middle Persian Karāvah.
Arabic also borrowed it as qarrāba, meaning "big jug"
Originally filled with coloured liquids, this being the 'trade sign' for the apothecary (later referred to as chemist)
Research suggests that further back in history the colours had significant meanings reflecting the four elements.
At some stage later the use of the colours seems to have changed, the apothecary used the colour to warn travelers, a red liquid signaled to avoid the town due to a plague or quarantine, while green liquid signaled that all was well.
Reference: Wikipedia

Height: 76 cm
Diameter: 38 cm

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PriceSold DateEarly 19th Century  Early 19th Century Antiques MaterialGlass OriginEnglish Item codeas1064a035 StatusSold

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Early Apothecary Carboy



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