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Syrup jar for Oil of Puppy Dogs, Italy, 1701-1800

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Oglio di Cagnolini is Italian for “Oil of Puppy Dogs”. A recipe from 1696 recommends boiling two live puppies (less than nine days old) with Oil of Violets until the bones break down before adding 1 lb (0.45 kg ) of earthworms (probably live) and wine. The mixture was boiled and the resulting oil used to soothe aches and pains. It is shown here with three similar oils made from animals. Only Oil of Foxes had universal approval from medical and pharmacy texts. maker: Unknown maker Place made: Veneto, Italy


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