Antique 19thC Apothecary Pharmacy Pill Machine Roller
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Directory: Archives: Instruments and Implements: Scientific: Pre 1900: item # 906575
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PO Box 461
Glastonbury, CT 06033
This is a fine example of an antique pharmacy tool-of-the-trade known as a pill machine (often mistakenly labeled as a "pill roller").
It is constructed of what appears to be walnut with a brass mechanism.
The early pharmacist slid the top paddle over the matching base, cutting a dough-like, medicinal mixture into cylindrical tubes. The medicinal tubes were then placed on a pill tile and were measured and cut with a pill knife to sizes providing the proper dosages.
The base measures 12" L x 7.25" W. The paddle measures nearly 16 inches long. Condition is very good with the expected wear commensurate with age and use. Sports a fabulous patina!