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Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on February 10, 2018

Mini Apothecary Bottle from: Elisabeth & Theo Zandbergen

Origin: most probably the Netherlands end 17th early 18th century.

Dimensions:  H = 4,2 cm.; ø mouth 3 cm.; weight 19,6 grams.

Description: A mini apothecary bottle also called an albarello. This one made of green glass with quite some air bubbles in the metal.

Remarks: These type of bottles were used as containers in the apothecaries to store or sell ointments or other medical balms or what have you. This one is a very small one and was most probably used for some (potent) ointment. These albarelli were both made in stoneware and glass. They all have the same type of mouth to enable the wrapping with a piece of vellum tight down with a piece of rope in the “collar” of the mouth.

Parallel: Henkes, Glas zonder Glans, Glass without gloss, pg. 329, nr. 66.14 and 66.16.

Below other albarelli also from our collection(s).

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