Copper still, Europe, 1890-1900

Made:
1890-1900 in Europe
maker:
Unknown
Large copper still. Full view, gallery shot.

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Large copper still. Full view, gallery shot.
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Base of large copper still, includes all components from flange with eye-bolts to floor, unsigned, Europe, 1890-1900. Used by used by Glaxo for pharmaceutical preparation.

This copper still was used by manufacturing chemists as a condenser to make medical treatments called tinctures on a large scale. Tinctures are alcohol solutions of medicine. The still would have been used to make medicine from herbs such as belladonna. Tincture of belladonna is used to treat ulcers and diarrhoea.

Details

Category:
Pharmacy-ware
Object Number:
1983-201 Pt1
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), copper (metal) and iron
type:
still
credit:
Glaxo Operations (U.K.) Ltd.