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S/3590 Antique Treen 19th Century Boxwood Pill Silverer

A fine mid 19th century boxwood pill silverer, having a screw removable lid. The whole, raised on a concave stem and stepped circular foot, has a wonderful colour and patination. The top is stamped S Maw & Son, who were working in Aldersgate Street, London between 1860-1870.

These pill silverers were used by apothecaries, having made their pills, they would be moisturised with mucilage of acacia and then put in these containers with a silver leaf, gently rolling the pills within, which would coat them ready for storage in a bottle.

Sold 4 in. (10 cm.) High
3 in. (7.5 cm.) Diameter English Circa 1860