Dispensing pot, England, 1670-1760

1670-1760 in England

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From left to right: Earthenware dispensing pot, tin glazed, London, about 1820 or earlier, Earthenware dispensing pot,
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Earthenware dispensing pot, tin-glazed, English, 1670-1760

Dispensing pots were used to hold ointments, pills and medical treatments, although they could also be used for other materials such as cosmetics. A pharmacist or apothecary would make up a medicine and put it in a pot for the customer to take away. The contents were usually protected by a paper cover secured with string.

This dispensing pot has the letters “T W” marked either side of a Tudor rose. These letters may refer to the maker or an owner.


Medical Ceramic-ware
Object Number:
dispensing pot
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle

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