Apothecary Jar for Nicotina

Probably Frankfurt, 1680-1720

Tin-glazed earthenware. The nicely formed small jar has a broad lip for tying an oil-cloth lid and is decorated with a cobalt two-headed eagle wearing a crown. Signed on base. Good orange peel speckles in glaze. Nicotina was somewhat of a cure-all, relieving colds, catarrh and fevers, healing wounds and also a narcotic. It was made by crushing tobacco leaves in a mortar and mixing them with tobacco juice or oil. Good condition, very minor glaze cracks.

4-1/4" h, lip 2-1/4" diam.

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