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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.

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pot used to contain ointments, medications, perfumes

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