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Object ID # 1986.019.008ab
Object Name Mortar, Pharmaceutical
Title Mortar & Pestle Set
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description All-brass, druggist's mortar (a) and pestle (b) set. The mortar has linear decoration, but no maker's identification. It is also handled. This mortar and pestle set is completely made out of heavy brass.
Makers mark None
Provenance Unknown manufacturer and provenance. Last owned by Roland Ellinghausen (b. 1910 - d. 1981), an Owen Sound druggist.
Collection Pharmaceutical Equipment Collection
Material Brass
Dimensions H-10.4 W-12.5 D-11 cm
Found Ontario
People Ellinghausen, Roland
Subjects Drugstores
Function A simple device used to pulverize and mix substances like herbs, powders, etc. for apothecary work. The pestle would be hand-held and its tip used to grind with, while the mortar is the receptacle that holds the substances to be ground. Mortar and pestles became a trade symbol as well for drugstores in general, and are often illustrated in old drugstore advertisements.