S/4829 Antique Treen 19th Century Mahogany and Brass Pill Making Machine
A solid mahogany and brass 19th century chemist's pill making machine, having the face plate inscribed 1-6-12-15 and 24 with appropriate divisions. It was used in the following manner: the pill mass, previously prepared in a mortar, was rolled into the correct diameter lengths and placed on the grooved plate; it was cut and divided by pressing downwards and sliding the top section back and forth; they were then rounded by rotating them in a pill rounder and then when hard, silvered and ready for dispensing. It is in working condition with a separate mahogany collecting tray. The whole has a medium colour and retains a patination.
Slider length 15 inches (38 cm.)
7¼ in. (18.5 cm.) Wide
12 in. (30.5 cm.) Deep
2 in. (5 cm.) High
English Circa 1870