19th century diminutive nicely aged cast and/or wrought yellow brass mortar and matching pestle with with intact opposed lugs


UR #:: UR-20759-14

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Product Description

all original mid-19th century antique american medical solid brass mortar bowl and pestle possibly fabricated for the fuller & fuller co., chicago, il. the apothecary implements were salvaged from a chicago area pharmacy. the finely turned and tapered bowl and brass pestle are in good condition, considering age. the english word mortar derives from classical latin mortarium, meaning, among several other usages, "receptacle for pounding" and "product of grinding or pounding." the classical latin pistillum, meaning "pounder", led to english pestle. the roman poet juvenal applied both mortarium and pistillum to articles used in the preparation of drugs, reflecting the early use of the mortar and pestle as a pharmacist's or apothecary's symbol. the mortar and pestle, along with the rod of asclepius, the green cross, and others, are one the most pervasive symbols of pharmacology due to its classical use in medicine. the metal mortar and pestle fell out of use beginning in the early 20th century, due to the excessive weight and difficulties involving rust and corrosion prevention from everyday cleaning. pestle measures 6 inches, base measures 3 1/2 tall with a diameter of 3 1/2 inches.