Pill cutter, England, 1851-1900

Made:
1851-1900 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Complete pill cutter in very good condition, made of mahogany and brass, English, second half of 19th century

In the 1700s and 1800s, pills were made by mixing the ingredients together with liquorice or a sugar solution and rolling it out into strips. By pressing between the rows of cutters on the base and the handle, the strips would be equally divided into pills. The mahogany and brass tool would have been used by a pharmacist or apothecary. Once cut, the pills were hardened, coated and stored.

Details

Category:
Pharmacy-ware
Object Number:
A639917
Materials:
mould, brass, mould, mahogany, slider, brass, slider, mahogany and tray, mahogany
Measurements:
base: 50 mm x 120 mm x 335 mm, 1.18kg
handle: 55 mm x 360 mm x 76 mm, .61kg
type:
pill cutter
credit:
Gornall