A 19th century pharmacist's tool of the trade, this brass bound walnut pill machine is best known by collectors as a pill roller or pill maker. In the period the making of pills entailed the creation of a dough like material containing the necessary medication, rolling out that dough to form an appropriately sized quarter inch thick sheet. The pharmacist placed the dough sheet on the machine base and pressed the top or paddleover the sheet drawing the paddle back and forth cutting and forming the material into cylindrical strips which were cut to appropriate length to afford the proper dosage and rolled into pills.
June 8th, 2019
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