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Dispensing pot, Europe, 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.

Object number:

A76681

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Glossary: dispensing pot

pot used to contain ointments, medications, perfumes

Glossary: pharmacy

The preparation and medicinal dispensing of drugs.