Elixirated Spirit of Golden Scurvy Grass was originally sold by the English apothecary Robert Bateman (active 1680),for the treatment of scurvy (severe vitamin C deficiency, which was an epidemic during the 16th to the 18th century) and ‘King’s Evil’ or scrofula, an infection of the lymph nodes in the neck associated with tuberlosis. The infection came to be known as the ‘Kings Evil’ due to the belief dating from the medieval period that the touch of a sovereign would cure the disease. In the North American colonies in the early 18th century, the majority of medicines were imported from Britain, henceforth the Boston apothecary Habijah Savage, would have repackaged older medicines from recipie’s such as Bateman’s, or other competing apothecaries of the period or earlier. Such medicines were in existence from the late 17th century all the way upto the 19th. The label is original ofgraveconcern artwork based upon historical medical advertising.
Habijah Savage’s Elixirated Spirit of Golden Scurvy Grass. 1710
All bottles are cast from original 18th and 19th century bottles and jars, and are aged to inclde all the wonderful imperfections and aged quality of handbuilt pottery of the period. The wood used on this plaque is antique salaved wood, and is hung with twine. Size 3.5" x 4.5". The label is original ofgraveconcern artwork based upon historical medical advertising.