Object History | King Farouk’s Apothecary Jars
One of my many collections is glass bottles – corked or glass stoppered, clear or amber, jars that once held perfume or medicine, old or newly blown. I recently discovered the back story of some members of my glass vessel collection, much to the delight of my inner historian.
A few years ago I bought the interior of an apothecary shop, all 50 feet of it. It was hand carved & crafted in France around 1900 and shipped to Egypt then to Australia & now it has settled in a restaurant in New York. Soon afterwards I purchased a portion of the contents which included these shielded brown glass stoppered apothecary bottles. They held an air of mystery with their faded labels, medicinal names and Arabic text.
They were recently identified by the small label in Arabic as having once lived in an Egyptian medical institute during the reign of King Farouk, who founded the Faculty of Medicine at Farouk University in 1942. King Farouk reigned from 1936 until the Egyptian revolution of 1952 when he was forced to abdicate and the university was renamed the University of Alexandria.
The amber glass bottles now live in The Society inc Cabinet of Curiosities nestled amongst many other objects of history and intrigue, and are available to purchase in a variety of sizes.