19th century Chemist's pill-making machine

Origin: England   Period: Circa 1850

A 19th century mahogany and brass pill making machine with a removable pill tray.

These machines first appeared in the 1750’s but became more frequently used by chemist’s shops from the 1840’s.

Pill’s were made by mixing medicinal powders together with a binding agent and were then rolled by hand on the machine into a pipe of the correct length.

The pipe is placed across the grooved brass plate and cut into pills by using the detachable cutting roller.

Wear commensurate with age and use.


Width: 16.00 cm (6.3 in)

Height: 4.00 cm (1.6 in)

Length: 32.50 cm (12.8 in)

Price: £185.00 (approx €222)

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