Dispensing pot, London, England, 1720-1780

Made:
1720-1780 in London
maker:
Unknown

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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, possibly London, 1720-1780

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 example has the word “Caloffs” painted on the side. No trace of “Caloffs” has been found but it may relate to a pharmacist, maker of the pots or refer to the contents.

Details

Category:
Medical Ceramic-ware
Object Number:
A151371
type:
dispensing pot
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle

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