This handsome solid brass and walnut pharmacy Pill Machine was used by 19th Century Druggist and designed to increase a pharmacist’s pill production.
The instrument consists of two parts.
1. A Slanted Base Plate with two solid brass side rails and a fluted brass strip with markings with graduated markings
2. A Roller with 4 brass wheels and a fluted strip matching the base plate strip.
Steps in making a pill:
1. A prescription for pills would give the weight of medication in one pill and the number of pills required. Multiplying these two figures gave the quantities to be weighed.
2. The medication was mixed with very thick and viscous syrup of glucose to form a stiff pliable mass, which was rolled to get a ‘sausage’ shape.
3. The ‘sausage’ was placed on the Pill Machine grooves and rolled to a length correspond to the number of pills required.
4. The roller handle was guided to cut the ‘sausage’ and roll the cut pieces that are the pills.