Sheraton medicine chest, Europe, 1720-1800

1720-1800 in Europe

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Sheraton medicine chest, with 32 glass bottles, 14 labelled, hand balance, 13 weights, wooden box, watch glass, a piece of leather and 6 pottery jars, 18th century

Inside this mahogany medicine chest are 32 glass bottles (some labelled with the names of their original contents), six pottery jars and thirteen weights and a balance to measure and weigh out ingredients. Medicine chests were found in apothecary shops and pharmacies and some were owned by wealthy families.

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Materia Medica & Pharmacology
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brass, ceramic, complete, glass, mahogany and steel
medicine chest
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing - artefact
  • case furniture
  • chest

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