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Dates
1890
1920
circa 1890-1920
Collection
Nova Scotia Hospital Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
009027004 a-b
Description
Light brown, hand turned wooden pill silverer is spherical in shape and has two halves that screw together; top piece (a) has a small decorative ridge just above where it screws to the bottom piece (b) and a small circular groove on the top; bottom piece has a decorative base which narrows at the b…
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Accession Number
009027004 a-b
Collection
Nova Scotia Hospital Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
Description
Light brown, hand turned wooden pill silverer is spherical in shape and has two halves that screw together; top piece (a) has a small decorative ridge just above where it screws to the bottom piece (b) and a small circular groove on the top; bottom piece has a decorative base which narrows at the base and flares out to form the base of the object; there is a white and subtle residue on the inside
Number Of Parts
2
Provenance
From the Nova Scotia Hospital.
Dates
1890
1920
circa 1890-1920
Material
wood: brown
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A8-1
Temporary Location
On display, Queen's University Department of Medicine third floor, August 20, 2013.
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 8.6 cm x Width 6.0 cm x Depth 8.7 cm
Condition Remarks
There are three vertical hairline cracks and two larger vertical cracks in the top piece where it screws to the bottom piece; wear marks are present on the bottom of the object as well as where the two pieces screw together; there is a residue present inside the object that was not removed during the cleaning process to preserve provenance
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
"Nova Scotia Hospital article Wikipedia" website; "Go Antiques" website; "Royal Pharmaceutical Society" website; "Apothecary Collectibles" website; CD #7
Research Facts
Pill silverers were used throughout the 18th and mid 19th Centuries to coat pills with silver or gold; gold or silver leaf was placed inside the apparatus, the pills were moistened with a few drops of liquid vegetable gum and then placed inside, the top was put on and the apparatus was rotated for a few minutes coating the pills in either gold or silver; the Nova Scotia Hospital is a psychiatric hospital in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and is currently the province's largest mental health facility; the hospital was co-founded by the Hon. Hugh Bell and Dorothy Dix and opened its doors in 1858 as the Mount Hope Asylum for the Insane; today it is a fully accredited teaching facility affiliated with Dalhousie University
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