Dispensing pot, Europe, 1760-1840

1760-1840 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, probably English or French, 1760-1840

Dispensing pots were used to hold ointments, pills and medical treatments, although they could also be used 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 example is marked “Cooper, Perfumer, Brewer Street”. This is an example of a dispensary pot put to a non-medical use.


Medical Ceramic-ware
Object Number:
dispensing pot
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
Baber, W.M.C.

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