While the use of cobwebs to treat wounds was an ancient practice. Historical medcine also recounts the use of spiders. One such account comes from occult writer, astrologer, antiquary and alchemist Elias Ashmole in the 17th century, who published a variety of medical advice combining a study of alchemy and botany, these included the hanging of three spiders around the neck to cure a fever.

Spiders swallowed live were also thought to be a potent cure for breaking fever's, a condition historically known as an ague.If you couldn't bring yourself to swallow a live spider, pills were produced in New England made from spiders webs or alternatively according to 19th Century New England poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, people akin to the 17th century hung spiders around their necks inside nutshells.

There is even one account from Sussex, England, recorded much later in 1909, of a spider being rolled in butter and swallowed as an attempted cure for jaundice.

Handcast from handmade mold, taken from 18th and 19th century medicine bottles, comes with lid modelled after the renaissance ceramic style of Bernard Palissy. Illustrations are orginal inspired by the history of the bottle and medicine.

For display purposes only, and not designed to hold liquids.

Size: 4" Height x 2" Width

Spider Pills Jar

$40.00Price
  • Handcast from handmade mold, taken from 18th and 19th century medicine bottles.

    For display purposes only, and not designed to hold liquids.

    Size: 4" Height x 2" Width

    Free Shipping to domestic United States.

  • Free Shipping within the domestic United States