Artwork : ArchiveNo00151

Medicine 1545






Contributor Name Mary Rose
Contributor Image Andy_Elkerton.jpg

Location Portsea
Collection Date 06.06.08 2.42pm
Artefact Name Medicine
Artefact Description It would have been a liquid originally.
Stored in a glass jar currently. The medicine is ‘Polypody root extract oil’ – ‘Polypodie or Oke Ferne’ is the Tudor name.
Terracotta ceramic jar originally stored the medicine. Two handles and original cork.
20 x 16cm
Artefact Date 1545
Artefact Stored Mary Rose store
Artefact Form

Artefact Image medicine_jar.jpg
Sample Taken Medicine from inside jar
Sample Image

History of Artefact It was found in barber / surgeon’s cabin in a terracotta, ceramic jar of Portuguese origin with a cork in the top. It was used when a patient felt melancholy, ‘draws out fleame and cholor’. The barber / surgeon would have administered this as well as cutting hair!
Historian Andy Elkerton
Previous Owners Barber / surgeon
Special Memories

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