Bronze mortar, England, 1614

Made:
1614 in England
A604235, Bronze mortar, flared rim tapers down to rounded foot, flat base, 2 rounded handles, inscribed around rim,

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A604235, Bronze mortar, flared rim tapers down to rounded foot, flat base, 2 rounded handles, inscribed around rim,
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Bronze mortar, flared rim tapers down to rounded foot, flat base, 2 rounded handles, inscribed around rim, English, 1614

Mortars were bowls used to crush and grind ingredients for drug preparations that were often in the form of powders, ointments or solutions. The grinding was done with a pestle. This mortar is typical of the period as it is made from bell metal or bronze. Its bell shape suggests it may have been cast in a bell foundry, which was often the case. The inscription cast on to the side reads “Francis Cottrell 1614”. Cottrell was either the owner or the maker. This mortar is heavy and would have been able to withstand a large amount of force. It is shown here with a brass pestle (A659489).

Details

Category:
Pharmacy-ware
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A604235
type:
mortar
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • pounder
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • grinder - tool