Dispensing pot, Europe, 1746

1746 in Europe

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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, 1746

Dispensing pots were used to hold ointments, pills and medical treatments, although they could also be used to hold 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 pot is made of tin-glazed earthenware and is marked on the side with the words “17 Boy 46 November 5” . The “17” and “46” indicate the date (1746).


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

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