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apothecary’s pill rolling machine

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Dates
1860
1875
circa 1860-1875
Collection
Leonard G. Lee Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
012038001 a-b
Description
Two piece pill roller consists of slanted base (a) and roller handle (b) made of fine grade mahogany and brass sides and grooves; base plate has two brass side rails and twenty-four fluted brass strip with graduated markings indicating 0, 6, 12, 18, 24 designed for 5 grain medications; roller handl…
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Accession Number
012038001 a-b
Collection
Leonard G. Lee Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
Description
Two piece pill roller consists of slanted base (a) and roller handle (b) made of fine grade mahogany and brass sides and grooves; base plate has two brass side rails and twenty-four fluted brass strip with graduated markings indicating 0, 6, 12, 18, 24 designed for 5 grain medications; roller handle has four brass wheels in the side rail and matching fluted brass strip; handle designed with spoke handles.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - base b - roller handle
Provenance
Donor purchased from antique dealer.
Maker
S. Maw & Son
Site Made (City)
London
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1860
1875
circa 1860-1875
Date Remarks
dates of manufacturers name
Inscriptions
Stamped on base: "S. MAW & SON LONDON // 5 GRAIN"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010 0010-A8-1
Length
a - 33.2 cm b - 47.5 cm
Width
a - 20.6 cm b - 7.3 cm
Depth
a - 5.2 cm b - 4.2 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Like new, minor scratches
Copy Type
original
Research Facts
Stages to 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 fo glucose for form a stiff pliable mass, which was rolled to get a 'sausage' shape. 3. The 'sausage' was placed on the pill base 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. 5. to round out the edges, the cut pieces where put into a lidded circular bowl or a pill silverer and rotated until the pieces are round balls. At this time the pills can have a silver, gold or candy coating.
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