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S/4728 Antique Treen Early 19th Century Ebony Apothecary's Double Measure

A small ebony apothecary's double measure, which were also made in silver and pewter as well as boxwood and came in various different sizes. Sometimes they have numbers stamped on them, with the largest size 8S. The most common size was 5S, which was used to make soda water, the larger cup for the bicarbonate and the smaller one for the citric acid. These measures were also used for seidlitz mixture, which was used to regulate digestion and as a laxative, as well as measuring other ingredients. The small bottom section has reeded decoration and small nibbles to one edge. The whole has a dark rich colour and retains a patination.

Sold 3 in. (7.5 cm.) High
1 in. (4.5 cm.) Diameter English Circa 1820