Herb cutter, Middle East, 1700-1900

Made:
1700-1900 in Middle East
maker:
Unknown
Herb cutter. Graduated matt black perspex background.

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Herb cutter. Graduated matt black perspex background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Herb cutter

Plants and herbs have to be prepared before they can be used in medical treatments. Cutting was one way for a pharmacist to begin preparing such material. Other methods include grinding and crushing and boiling.

This object was purchased by Captain Johnston-Saint in 1931 on Henry Wellcome’s behalf. Johnston-Saint was one of Wellcome’s leading collecting agents, travelling the world and periodically sending numerous crates of objects back to London.

Details

Category:
Pharmacy-ware
Object Number:
A99824
Materials:
iron and wood
type:
herb cutter
credit:
Born-Traub